As the signs of neck disc herniation – together with recurrent neck pain and the increase in its frequency, severity and duration – pain radiating down to the arms may also be incorporated into the complaints over time. The pain in the leg may be unilateral or bilateral. It may be burning pain or sharp pain, or it may be in the form of contraction or stretching of the leg. Pain is intensified in the event of coughing, sneezing, or defecation. Complaints characterized by “tingling”, “numbness”, “loss of strength”, “paralysis onset” or “loss of touch sense” together with pain spreading to the arm may be associated with pain. When the patient forces the head to turn to one side; a sudden pain, such as an electric shock, may spread from the arm to the hand.
Walking a short distance in some patients can be almost impossible because of severe painful contractions on the legs. At night legs can get cramps. If complaints such as urinary incontinence or apparent loss of leg strength are added to these disturbances without any strain, the event is an emergency; and if you do not undergo surgery within 48 hours, the condition may recover in a year or may not even improve at all.