A patient with a herniated or "slipped" disc can have leg and/or back pain. The most common complaint is that of shooting pain down one or, uncommonly, both legs. The pain will typically travel from the back or buttocks to below the knee. The second possible symptom is back pain. Patients often report a history of back pain that occurred before the actual herniation. Many patients recall an episode of their back "going out" or of significant pain that resolved over a period of days with rest and was usually not accompanied by leg pain.
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