How to Know if You are Suffering from a Herniated Disc

A herniated disc is really bad news, but unfortunately, it often goes undetected and thus remains untreated for a long time. If left as it is, a herniated disc can even cause thecal sac stenosis, among other severe complications. In case there?s any reason for you to believe that you might be suffering from a herniated disc, check out the following symptoms commonly experienced by people with bulging spinal discs.

Symptoms of a Herniated Disc in the Lumber Spine Region

The most prominent symptom of a bulging disc in this section of the spine is sciatica leg pain. Aside from the characteristic pain, it should feel particularly difficult to lift the big toes and/or the ankles. A numb and painful foot is not uncommon either. This is generally a result of herniated L4-L5 and L5-S1 discs which impinges the L5 or S1 nerve. Even if the symptoms are mild at first, they will likely get worse if left untreated.

Symptoms of a Herniated Disc in the Cervical Spine Region

Although they are a lot less common than lumbar spine hernias, a herniated cervical disc can also happen. However, since the amount of force experienced by the region isn?t particularly heavy and the number of disc material is significantly less as compared to the lumbar region, it?s a rarer occurrence. Nevertheless, when it does occur, things can get quite uncomfortable. Shoulder pain is a common symptom, alongside weak deltoid muscles, biceps and wrists.


If the bulging disc is causing nerve root impingement at C4-C5, expect the common symptoms like shoulder pain and weak deltoid muscles as mentioned above. Numbness or any tingling sensations are generally not experienced in this situation.


In case the herniated disc is impinging a nerve root at C5-C6, the patient will experience numbness and tingling, alongside pain and weakness that radiates along the thumb. Commonly affected areas include the biceps and the wrist extensors.


The C7 nerve root is impinged when a disc becomes herniated at the C6-C7 region and therefore, the triceps and the finger extensors will feel the brunt of the injury. Common symptoms include weakness, numbness, tingling sensation and pain that radiates down to the middle finger from the triceps.


If you are having trouble grabbing things with your fingers and the pain seems to emanate from the entire arm and then radiate down to the little finger, it is likely that a herniated disc at the C7-T1 region is impinging the C8 nerve. As is common with most types of nerve impingements, accompanying weakness, numbness and tingling sensations will most likely be present as well.

If you can relate to any of the symptoms, it?s time you went for a session with a chiropractor, because that?s about the only non-invasive method which can actually remedy the situation. While strong painkillers can manage the situation temporarily, it?s not a solution by any means. Besides, excessive use of painkillers can lead to a whole new bunch of other critical health issues.

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