What Does Slipped Disc Feel Like?

What does a slipped disc in lower back feel like?

If you have a herniated lumbar disc, you may feel pain that radiates from your low back area, down one or both legs, and sometimes into your feet (called sciatica).

Sometimes the pain is accompanied by numbness and tingling in your leg or foot.

You may experience cramping or muscle spasms in your back or leg.

How painful is a slipped disc?

If your herniated disk is in your lower back, you’ll typically feel the most pain in your buttocks, thigh and calf. Pain is often described as sharp or burning. Numbness or tingling. People who have a herniated disk often have radiating numbness or tingling in the body part served by the affected nerves.

How do you diagnose a slipped disc?

In most cases of herniated disk, a physical exam and a medical history are all that’s needed for a diagnosis.

Imaging tests

  • X-rays. Plain X-rays don’t detect herniated disks, but they can rule out other causes of back pain, such as an infection, tumor, spinal alignment issues or a broken bone.
  • CT scan.
  • MRI.
  • Myelogram.

What does a slipped disc in neck feel like?

If you have a herniated cervical disc, you may feel pain that radiates down your arm and possibly into your hand. You may also feel pain on or near your shoulder blade, and neck pain when turning your head or bending your neck. Sometimes the pain is accompanied by numbness and tingling in your arm.