The symptoms of a herniated disc, which presses on the spinal cord, are similar to the symptoms mentioned above. However, there are also decisive differences, which are particularly noticeable in the case of a severe herniated disc. This includes numbness in the anal area and the genital area can also be affected. The bladder and bowel are severely limited in their ability to function. If these symptoms occur with a herniated disc, you must immediately visit our Orthopedic Center Munich East.
A herniated disc can also press on what is called the horse’s tail. This is located at the lowest end of the spine and extends to the sacrum. If there is any pressure in this area, you will usually not be able to control your bowels and bladder at all. Accompanying paralysis occurs in the area of the legs. In this case, too, you must immediately place yourself under the care of the doctors.
However, there are also herniated disc symptoms that cannot be clearly assigned to the spine at the beginning. They are non-specific and so different from the normal back pain. Pain in the legs or numbness in the arms do not always have to be symptoms of a herniated disc and originate from the disc tissue. Sciatica, a pinched sciatic nerve, can also cause back pain. This makes a thorough diagnosis so important.