Hernia in the lower back or neck?
The most typical symptoms of hernia are pain in the hips or groin area i.e. on either side between the lower ribs and pelvis and the lower part of the back.
Coughing, sneezing and pushing can cause pressure in the spine to incease, causing pain to escalate. Pain in the lower back and neck are also equally common with this condition.
Lower back pain:
A herniated or "slipped" disc does not always result in back pain, but when the patient does experience back pain it is often a severe stabbing or sharp one. Most spinal hernias occur in the lumbar curve between the lower or lumbar vertebrae. A hernia in this region is therefore called a lumbar hernia. This sharp lower back pain can also cause hip complaints.
In the case of a neck or cervical hernia, which occurs between the vertebrae of the neck, it is likely that a nerve root in the neck has been trapped. This causes a radiating pain through the arm. The patient will experience tingling in the skin of the arm, and may face loss of power in the arm or hand, or feel a sense of numbness in them. More often than not there is no actual pain in the neck itself.
Hernia and poor sleep:
It is reasonably obvious that spinal hernia sufferers often have trouble sleeping because of the backpain and the radiating pain. Eventually the pressure and the deterioration of the spinal column can cause localised inflammation and even damage to the nerve root ending, with potential morning stiffness, sensory disturbance or even paralysis as a result.