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Symptoms of a Bulging or Herniated Disc

The symptoms associated with having a herniated disc will vary depending on the position of the disc and the size of the herniation. If it is not pressing on a nerve then you may have a slight ache or no symptoms at all. However, if it is pressing on a nerve, then you may have greater pain, numbness and weakness in your back and in the area of the body to which the nerve travels. This means you may experience radiating pain down your legs or through your arms. Leg pain usually only comes up in one leg and may get worse when you sneeze or cough. If you have these symptoms you should consult your doctor to get everything checked out. Home Treatment Options at Your Disposal

If you have a bulging or herniated disc, you want to find the best way to ease the pain and get comfortable. Try to relax and find a place to rest at home. Lying on the floor or using a pillow to put between your knees, as you lay on your side, may help relieve any tension on your spine. Taking a short walk can also help strengthen your spine muscles so you can get the support you need. Take over-the-counter pain medications if needed, to help reduce pain and swelling. You can also try heat or ice to relax the muscles in your back and manage the pain. Of course, you should always consult your doctor and spine professional about the type of home treatment that will work best for your situation, so that you do not aggravate the condition and make things worse.