Bulging Disc Symptoms and Causes

Most people who show signs of a bulging disc will feel pain in the area of the bulge. Numbness, tingling, and waves of pain felt along the nerve pathway into the arms or legs are also common bulging disc symptoms. You will usually only feel symptoms when performing an activity that places enough pressure for the disc to bulge and come into contact with a nearby nerve.

Where the damaged disc is located will determine what other areas of the body are affected. Tell your doctor about all the symptoms you are feeling and what you are doing that aggravates your pain so they can accurately diagnose your condition. This will lead to a more effective bulging disc treatment.

What Causes a Bulging Disc?

Weakening of a disc from degeneration as we age is the main cause of a bulging disc. As we age, daily wear and tear takes its toll on our body, weakening structures and other components of the spine.

This natural degenerative process weakens the disc, making it harder and harder to handle the pressure placed on it when performing normal daily activities. This usually results in a bulging disc, which may press on the nerves near it causing your pain and other symptoms.

Bulging Disc in Neck Symptoms

  • Neck pain
  • Pain in the shoulder, arms, and/or hands
  • Numbness or tingling felt in the arms, hands, or fingers
  • Muscular weakness or atrophy if left untreated

Bulging Disc in Lower Back Symptoms

  • Lower back pain
  • Pain in the buttocks, legs, and/or feet
  • Numbness or tingling in the legs, feet, or toes
  • Muscular weakness or atrophy if left untreated