The most common symptoms are dependent on what level the disc herniation is. For example, in the neck, a disc herniation can cause, pain, electric shocks, numbness and tingling in the shoulders, arms and hands. A hernia is much more severe than a disc bulge and may cause a total loss of strength and even more severe pain. In the low back, one could experience those same symptoms in their hips, legs and feet. Most people know the term “sciatica” which is typically caused by a disc bulge or hernia putting pressure on the sciatic nerve in the low back and leg.