Because a herniated disc can come into contact with the nerves in your back, pain may also radiate down into one or both legs. This pain may also be accompanied by muscle cramps. In most cases, your lower back pain will disappear after a while. However, the pain in your legs is likely to remain, and may even increase in severity. Should your back pain disappear, it would be unwise to conclude your hernia has ‘gone away’. A surgical intervention may still be necessary.
A spinal hernia is often, but not always, accompanied by deafness and pain or discomfort in the buttocks, legs or toes. You may experience some years of back pain before you notice the symptoms in your legs. We can make a diagnosis after a detailed examination of your medical history together with an evaluation of your MRI scan. More about spinal hernia symptoms.
In the Netherlands, an estimated 80,000 people a year develop a slipped disc in the lower back. A ruptured vertebral disc can allow soft core tissue to press on the adjacent spinal nerves. This can result in severe pain, or even paralysis. Read more about what a hernia actually is.
After a long history of back problems I always managed to ease the pain by moving around as much as possible. But in September 2015 I was in extreme pain in my right leg, this pain increased so much that…Read the story of Carla Schot
In early October 2012, I underwent an endoscopic hernia operation, but I still had severe pain in my lower left leg afterwards. I took antidepressant tablets for the pain, 25mg three times a day. Dr. Iprenburg said the healing process will…Read the story of henny terlingen
On November 4 2013, I was operated on by M. Iprenburg. I still had some symptoms afterwards. I’m a PE teacher. I could go back to work and perform any sport again without problems, even football and squash! I recommend this operation…Read the story of Marc Stoelinga
09-09-2015 On 4 June, I had surgery for a rather complicated condition. I suffer from multiple sclerosis (MS) and over the past year I’d been feeling even worse than I normally do. I visit my neurologist every six months to keep…Read the story of Hugo Eggerding
“Mum, I have a pain in my left leg,” I said as an innocent 15-year-old boy. “You’re growing up, boy!” said my mother – and, naive as I was, I believed her. Two weeks went by and I still had…Read the story of Achmed Al-Khaqani
On Thursday, June 4th, I had an operation performed by Dr. Iprenburg in Veenhuizen. Now, five days post-surgery, I have no problem walking and moving. After three years of pain, various annoying pain treatments, two previous operations, swallowing pills and…Read the story of Susan Berkel