What does bulging disc at L4-L5 feel like?

Answered by Jason Smith

Experiencing a bulging disc at the L4/5 level can be quite uncomfortable and may cause pain in your lower back, specifically near the top of your pelvis. This pain can vary in intensity, ranging from mild to severe.

One common symptom of a bulging disc is an increase in pain when you apply pressure on the muscle next to your spine where the compressed nerve is located. This can be felt as a sharp or shooting pain that radiates down your leg, commonly known as sciatica. The pain might also worsen with certain movements or activities that put strain on the lower back.

Additionally, coughing or sneezing can suddenly intensify the pain caused by a bulging disc at L4/5. These actions can create increased pressure within the spinal column, which can further compress the affected nerve and lead to a sudden increase in pain.

It is important to note that the symptoms and sensations experienced can vary from person to person. Some individuals may also experience numbness, tingling, or weakness in the affected leg or foot. These sensations can be intermittent or constant, depending on the severity of the disc bulge and how it affects the nerve.

It is crucial to seek medical attention if you suspect you have a bulging disc at L4/5 or if you are experiencing persistent pain or neurological symptoms. A healthcare professional can provide a proper diagnosis through physical examination and diagnostic tests such as MRI or CT scans.

In my personal experience, I have known individuals who have dealt with a bulging disc at L4/5, and they have described the pain as debilitating and limiting their daily activities. The pain can be sharp and shooting, making it difficult to stand, sit, or walk for prolonged periods. It can also disrupt sleep and overall quality of life.

A bulging disc at L4/5 can cause pain in the lower back, near the top of the pelvis. This pain can increase when pressure is applied to the muscle next to the spine where the nerve is compressed or when coughing or sneezing occurs. Additional symptoms may include sciatica, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the leg or foot. Seeking medical attention is crucial for proper diagnosis and treatment.