Herniated discs. These occur when pressure from surrounding vertebrae forces part of the nucleus pulposus through a weakened section of the spine. This puts a lot of added pressure on the nerves surrounding the disc. The pressure creates an intense feeling of pain in that area of the back. This pain can radiate outwards causing lots of discomfort throughout the body in rare instances. Someone who suffers from a slipped disc may also experience numbness along the spinal column. The good news is that many cases of ruptured discs have no noticeable symptoms. Many sufferers have no idea that they have a herniated disc.