A slipped disc is not much different from a herniated or bulging disc. In fact, these terms are often used interchangeably. The difference between them is the area that is affected—the position of the disk, the condition of the cartilage, and the failure of the surrounding tissues that allow the inner fluid of the disc to penetrate the tissue and leak into the surrounding area, which may cause an enormous amount of pain and discomfort. However, some people do not experience much pain from a slipped disc, and the majority of people do not need surgery, despite recommendations for such a procedure. The most common signs that a person might be suffering from a disc problem are numbness and tingling in the arms and legs, which are often accompanied by sharp, shooting pains.