Spinal discs are made up of several layers: a hard outer layer called the fibrous ring and a soft, jelly-like core called the central pulp. When a disc becomes damaged, it can cause the soft inside layer to break open and start to bulge or leak out of the outer layer of the disc, irritating the surrounding nerves. This can result in moderate to severe pain.
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