The intensity or severity of the symptoms of cervical disc herniation depends on the compression of the root and/or spinal cord, which is what causes cervical pain.
Cervicobrachialgia, neck pain, or radiating neck pain to the shoulder, arm, and fingers occurs when compression affects a nerve root (radiculopathy). The pain is continuous, and causes night disturbances, tingling in the arm and/or hand (paresthesia), decreased sensitivity (hypoaesthesia), and dizziness.
When the herniated disc compresses the spinal cord, myelopathy occurs. The symptoms experienced by the patient are numerous: gait disturbance, sphincter involvement, or abnormalities in the sensitivity and strength of the lower and/or upper extremities.
On many occasions, complementary tests will be necessary, such as neurophysiological tests to study the pudendal nerve, electromyography to study the pelvic floor muscles, ultrasound and echo-Doppler to study the abdominopelvic arteries and veins, MRI and/or abdominal and pelvic CT, Stamey test, transrectal prostate ultrasound, etc.
In the case of herniated discs, it is important for the patient to identify the symptoms early, to prevent the progression of the injury. In this way, you can relieve the pain quickly.