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Can You Self-Diagnose a Herniated Disc?

Can You Self-Diagnose a Herniated Disc?

Herniated discs can be very painful and debilitating. However, in many cases, people are able to self-diagnose the condition.

In this blog post, we will discuss how to tell if you have a herniated disc.

An Electric Shock Sensation

Many people experience pain in their lower back or neck that feels like an electric shock when they have a bulging disc. This is because the compression of the sciatic nerve causes a sharp or aching pain that radiates down your leg or arm. You may also feel a cold sensation along one side of your body.

Weakness in Leg or Arm

Sciatic nerve compression can also cause muscle weakness, making your leg or arm feel weak and ineffective. This may lead to poor balance or coordination. 

Pain in Foot or Arm

In addition to neck pain or lower back pain, you may have pain that extends down your limb to your foot or arm. This pain may be dull and aching, or sharp and shooting. It may be constant, or it might come and go.

Numbness in Hand or Foot

You may also experience a numbness or tingling sensation in your hand or foot, similar to a pins and needles feeling. This can also affect balance and coordination. 

Pain During Certain Movements

Certain activities or movements may cause or increase your pain. If you have greater pain when sitting, standing, or walking and you’re also experiencing the symptoms above, you may have a bulging disc. You may also have sudden pain when laughing, coughing, or sneezing. 

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