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Symptoms of lumbar disk herniation include:
- Back pain
- Leg pain – Leg pain, or sciatica, is typically present in only one leg, but occasionally in both. The leg symptoms may manifest as a shooting electric pain down the buttock, back of the thigh and calf, and into the foot.
- Numbness, tingling and weakness in legs
- Paraplegia or bowel and bladder incontinence – A large disk herniation can cause these symptoms. This condition is called cauda equine syndrome when it occurs in the lumbar spine region, and is a surgical emergency.