What Are the Symptoms of Severe Spinal Stenosis?

Q:
What are the symptoms of severe spinal stenosis?

A:
When a patient has severe lumbar spine stenosis, he may experience:

  • Pain, numbness, loss of coordination and weakness of the feet, legs and buttocks
  • Pain may be radiating or constant, relieved by leaning forward or lying down
  • Weakness when standing or walking short distances – relieves by resting
  • Paralysis of both legs or paraplegia
  • Bowel and/or bladder incontinence – rare, also called cauda equina syndrome
  • Loss of sexual function (erection) in males

The areas above the buttocks are usually not affected; only those below the level of spinal involvement experience the symptoms.

When the patient has severe cervical spinal stenosis, he may experience these symptoms:

  • Numbness, weakness or tingling in legs, feet, arms and hands
  • Patient may drop things more often
  • Weakness, incoordination and a tendency to fall
  • Neck pain is not common but can occur

If you are aware of the symptoms below, call your health care provider for advice and reassurance.

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