Warning signs of a herniated disc can depend on the portion of the spine that is affected. If the lower back is affected, the classic sign is sciatica pain that radiates down the leg with numbness and tingling. If the neck is affected, the pain radiates down the arm and can also be accompanied by numbness and tingling. Herniated discs in the neck can be more serious if they push against the spinal cord which ends before reaching the lower back. A large herniation may press on spinal nerves on both sides of the body, resulting in severe pain throughout the lower body.