Herniated Disc (cont.)
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If the herniated disc isn't pressing on a nerve, you may have an ache in the low back or no symptoms at all.
Only a few people who have herniated discs have severe or troublesome symptoms.
When the disc does press on a nerve, symptoms may include:
Cauda equina syndrome
Weakness in both legs and the loss of bladder and/or bowel control are symptoms of a specific and severe type of nerve root compression called cauda equina syndrome. This is a rare but serious problem. A person with these symptoms should see a doctor right away.
Due to age, injury, or both, the outer layer of a spinal disc may dry out and form tiny cracks. Sometimes this causes a:
Any of these stages can cause pressure on a nerve root and symptoms of pain and numbness.
The cracks in the disc don't repair themselves, but the pain usually fades over time. About half of the people with herniated discs in the low back recover within 1 month. And within 6 months, most recover.1
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