Common Lumbar Herniated Disc Symptoms
It is common for a herniated disc to press against, or inflame, a nearby nerve, causing pain to radiate along the length of the nerve. A lumber herniated disc is the most common cause of sciatica, leg pain along the sciatic nerve down the back of the leg.
These are some general characteristics of lumbar herniated disc pain:
Lumbar herniated disc symptoms are usually more severe if the herniation is extensive. Pain can be milder and limited to the low back if the disc herniation does not affect a nerve.
In some cases, low back pain or leg pain that occurs for a few days then goes away is the first indication of a herniated disc.
Location of Nerve Impingement Is Key
Symptoms of a herniated disc can vary depending on the location of the nerve, as nerve pathways are different at each level of the spine. For example:
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