Radiating pain in your arms or legs is a common sign of a herniated disc. The location of the damaged disc will impact where you feel the most pain. If it is at the top of your spine, you may notice a dull, consistent pain in your shoulders, neck, and biceps. Many patients even experience sharp, shooting pain down their arms and into their hands throughout the day. If the herniated disc is in your lower back, you will notice a similar dull pain in your lower back, hips, and thighs. You may also experience a shooting pain that reaches your feet.
Another common symptom of herniated discs is muscle fatigue. Similarly to the pain, you may feel weak in your back, arms, and legs — depending on the location of the damaged disc. The weakness will feel especially noticeable when you try to exert force, such as lifting a heavy box or walking for an extended period. Many people begin to feel weaker as they age. However, if you feel fatigued at an abnormal or rapid rate, you may suffer from a herniated disc.
You may also notice a numbing sensation if you suffer from this condition. While the numbness may not feel permanent, you might notice it intermittently throughout the day as it comes and goes. If you begin to feel numb, please take a seat and wait for the feeling to subside. Numbness, especially in the legs, can cause you to lose balance. The last thing we want is for anyone to hurt themselves! Please schedule an appointment at AK Pain & Spine as soon as possible if you are experiencing numbness in your arms and legs. Our team wants to alleviate this issue to ensure you are safe and comfortable.