Spinal stenosis is a condition where the spinal canal narrows and puts pressure on the spinal cord or nerves. The symptoms of spinal stenosis can vary depending on the location and severity of the stenosis, but common symptoms include:
Pain or cramping in the legs, buttocks, or lower back: This is often described as a dull or aching pain that gets worse with activity and better with rest.
Numbness or tingling in the legs, buttocks, or feet: This may feel like a pins-and-needles sensation, and may be accompanied by weakness in the legs.
Difficulty walking: This may be due to pain, weakness, or a feeling of heaviness in the legs.
Loss of bowel or bladder control: This is a serious symptom that requires immediate medical attention, as it may indicate a more severe compression of the spinal cord.
Back pain: Some people with spinal stenosis may experience pain in the neck or upper back, but this is less common than pain in the lower back.
If you think you have spinal stenosis it is important that you see a spine provider for proper evaluation and treatment.
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