Discomfort is a common sign that accompanies pain anywhere in the body. It is also common with disc herniation and aggravates with chronic pain. Discomfort from a herniated disc usually lessens when you are resting and worsens when you are active. Depending on the severity of the disc condition, it can even aggravate by sitting for an extended period, coughing, sneezing. It happens because they put pressure on the pinched nerves.
Other factors also play a role, such as age. As you get older, your intervertebral discs tend to lose their cushioning and break down – increasing the pain and associated discomfort.