Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - Symptoms
Many people, especially those older than age 50, have some narrowing of the
spinal canal but don't have symptoms.
Symptoms occur when the nerve
roots get squeezed.
The most common
symptom is leg pain that happens when you walk or stand and feels better when
you sit. You feel pain in your legs, because the
nerve roots that pass through the lower
spine extend to the legs.
People often have leg pain when
the spine is extended—when they are standing straight or leaning backward, for
And they often feel better when the spine is flexed—when they
are sitting, walking uphill, riding a bicycle, or leaning over a grocery cart,
People with severe stenosis may have a habit of leaning
forward in a stooped position to relieve
symptoms may include:
weakness, and cramping in
the legs, feet, or buttocks.
- Stiffness in the legs and thighs.
- Low back pain.
- In severe cases, loss of bladder and bowel
conditions have symptoms similar to spinal stenosis.