2. Arm or leg pain
The area of the body affected by pain caused by a herniated disc largely depends on the location of the herniation. For instance, if the herniated disc is in the lower back, the most intense pain will be felt in the buttocks, thigh and calf and may also involve the foot partially.
However, if the herniated disc is in the neck, the resulting pain will be felt most in the shoulder and arm. Pain caused by a herniated disc in the neck will likely shoot into the arm or leg when the individual coughs, sneezes or maneuvers the spine into certain positions.