Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - Symptoms
Many people, especially those older than age 50, have some
narrowing of the spinal canal but don't have
Symptoms occur when the nerve roots get squeezed.
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 example.
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, for example.
People with severe stenosis
may have a habit of leaning forward in a stooped position to relieve
Other symptoms may
weakness, and cramping in the legs, feet, or
- Stiffness in the legs and
- Low back pain.
- In severe cases, loss of bladder
and bowel control.
other conditions have symptoms similar to spinal stenosis.