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Spine pain are often the result of offenses against Intervertebral disc. Typical symptoms of the intervertebral disc are presented below. For detailed information, please follow the respective link.
Also read: Vertebral joint pain

Herniated disc of the lumbar spine

Pain of Band washers occur in most cases in the course of a Herniated disc of the lumbar spine on.
Whether such a herniated disc causes symptoms primarily depends on whether nerve structures are affected.

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Disc pain is mainly caused by the pressure exerted on the nerve root in question during an incident Nerve fibers or that Spinal cord acts.
This pressure causes pain in the affected patient, which radiates from the back into the legs or arms.

Pain is probably the most common symptom of a herniated disc. In addition, however, there are other symptoms which indicate compression problems in the area of Intervertebral disc can point out.
In addition to the occurrence of pain, many patients notice that they have sensory disturbances, especially in incidents that persist over a long period of time (Synonym: sensitivity disorders) in the supply areas of the impaired spinal cord segment.
Tingling sensations and / or numbness are often the result of the pressure on the nerve fibers.
In some cases, in addition to these symptoms, there is a loss of strength in individual muscles (paralysis).
The localization of the symptoms always depends on the location, extent and duration of the herniated disc.

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For incidents in the area of Lumbar spine (Lumbar spine) the patient usually feels strong Back pain. Characteristic is the sudden onset of complaints when bending forward or lifting heavy loads.
Furthermore, the pain of the lumbar spinal disc is caused by any kind of movement, sneezing or to cough aggravated.
As a result, the muscles of the Lumbar spine (Lumbar spine) typically adopt a reflex contraction posture.
The muscles in question become hardened.
Other symptoms, such as paralysis or loss of sensitivity, occur in the area of ​​the legs.

  • Herniated disc of the lumbar spine
    • Symptoms of a herniated disc of the lumbar spine
    • Symptoms in the legs due to a herniated disc in the lumbar spine

Herniated disc of the cervical spine

Also pain in the intervertebral disc Neck area are often triggered by a herniated disc. Affected patients usually report severe pain in the neck.
For this reason, they often show a relieving posture (tilting the neck is typical). The pain associated with a herniated disc Cervical spine (Cervical spine) usually radiate into the arms, hands and the back of the head. In addition, the affected patients often complain of neurological deficits (Numbness or tingling sensation) in these body parts.

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Red flags

Typical symptom of the incident Cervical spine are cold sensations in the arm or hand. The so-called "Red Flags" are symptoms that indicate an urgent need for action in the event of disc pain.
Various symptoms, risk factors and accompanying factors serve as a guide.

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Red flags are indications that the disease is serious:

  • known osteoporosis with minor trauma
  • acute accident
  • tumor
  • infection
  • Weight loss
  • fever
  • Peak pain during the night
  • Progressive loss of sensitivity (tingle and or Numbness)
  • Progressive motor failures
  • Problems urinating and / or bowel movements

Disc wear

  • Synonyms:
    Chondrosis, osteochondrosis, discopathy
  • Place of greatest pain:
    Diffuse in the area of ​​the affected disc (s).
  • Pathology / cause:
    Wear-related decrease in height and stability of the intervertebral discs. Pain fibers grow into the intervertebral disc.
  • Age:
    Every age. Isolated Discopathy Younger Patients; Several floors of osteochondrosis affecting elderly patients.
  • Gender:
    Women = men
  • Accident:
    none
  • Type of pain:
    dull, drawing back pain
  • Pain development:
    slowly increasing complaints
  • Pain occurrence:
    Depending on the stage of the disease. Pain intensification by lying down for a long time. Morning complaints. Improvement through exercise. Deterioration from exercise.
  • External aspects:
    Not locally visible. Possibly stiff back posture. Attempt to stretch the back.
  • Further information:

    Further information can be found under our topics:

    1. Facet syndrome
    2. Intervertebral disc

Intervertebral disc pain - what to do?

Pain of Intervertebral disc do not have to be treated surgically in every case. The need for surgical intervention if one is present Herniated disc depends on several factors.
But what can the affected patient do against severe pain if surgery is not induced?

First and foremost, it is important to alleviate the pain felt in the intervertebral disc. For this purpose pain killers (Analgesics) can be taken.
Usually the attending physician prescribes pain medication such as Diclofenac, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. In addition to the analgesic effect, it has Diclofenac about anti-inflammatory and decongestant properties.
Since this pain reliever carries the risk of damaging the mucous membrane in the stomach, you should also take a Gastric acid inhibitors be taken.
Another possibility to do something against the pain of the intervertebral disc is drug therapy with light muscle relaxants (Muscle relaxer) that should be taken at bedtime.

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However, all of these measures are primarily used for symptomatic treatment without the actual treatment disc prolapse to treat.
In addition to combating pain in the intervertebral discs, ideally certain habits must be changed.
By targeted physiotherapy for example the Back muscles are strengthened in such a way that the spine is relieved.

Especially at the time when the pain in the intervertebral disc occurs for the first time, many affected people wonder what they can do as first aid measures before they see a doctor. In general, a discharge is made prior to seeing a suitable doctor Spine recommended. Many patients experience enormous relief from their discomfort when lying down with their lower legs elevated.

Disc pain in the cervical spine (cervical spine) can be alleviated by applying a stabilizing cervical collar. In addition, many patients describe the application of heat in the area of ​​the painful intervertebral disc as pleasant. This fact can be explained by the fact that heat in the form of ointment, heating pads, hot water bottles or warming plasters, such as e.g. ThermaCare®, ensures relaxation of the muscles.

Disc pain / herniated disc during pregnancy

Back pain affect about three-quarters of all women during pregnancy. However, this pain does not necessarily have to come directly from the Intervertebral disc go out.
In addition to the classic Herniated disc during pregnancy often relieve tension in the muscles, ligament problems and joint diseases Back pain in pregnancy out.
Pain that increases significantly over the course of the day generally indicates signs of fatigue in the supporting muscles. In addition, one delimits this "Real back pain" in medicine from so-called pelvic pain, which is often perceived as back pain.
Women particularly often suffer from disc pain during pregnancy caused by compression of the Sciatic nerves (so-called sciatica pain) are provoked.

Please also read: Lumboischialgia in pregnancy

In addition, during pregnancy there is an at around 20% increased risk one disc prolapse to suffer. According to some studies, the greatest risk is during the 3rd and 4th month of pregnancy. The exact reasons for this are not yet certain.
What is certain, however, is that in the course of pregnancy there is an above average Stretching of the ligaments comes, which significantly reduces the stability.
To prevent a herniated disc and pain in the intervertebral disc during pregnancy, it is advisable to train the back muscles and thus the stability of the Spine to improve.


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