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Would you please help describe the usual symptoms of spinal stenosis?

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Dr. Stan Lee
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Sciatica

Symptomatic spinal stenosis usually presents as radiating pain down the sciatic region of one or both legs.
Because of anatomic considerations, the sciatica is typically positional. Leg pain, numbess, and/or weakness predictably worsens after a short period with the spine extended (standing upright/walking) and improves with forward flexion of the spine (sitting/hunching forward/fetal position).

In brief: Sciatica

Symptomatic spinal stenosis usually presents as radiating pain down the sciatic region of one or both legs.
Because of anatomic considerations, the sciatica is typically positional. Leg pain, numbess, and/or weakness predictably worsens after a short period with the spine extended (standing upright/walking) and improves with forward flexion of the spine (sitting/hunching forward/fetal position).
Dr. Stan Lee
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Varies especially by

This varies by region.
For the lumbar: neurogenic claudication or pain into the leg(s) with standing/walking worsening as you do either too long with possible numbness/tingling/weakness or leg fatigue relieved by sitting/leaning forward/bending. People look to use a shopping cart to lean over. Sometimes there may be back pain due to high disc level of stenosis or degeneration causing stenosis.

In brief: Varies especially by

This varies by region.
For the lumbar: neurogenic claudication or pain into the leg(s) with standing/walking worsening as you do either too long with possible numbness/tingling/weakness or leg fatigue relieved by sitting/leaning forward/bending. People look to use a shopping cart to lean over. Sometimes there may be back pain due to high disc level of stenosis or degeneration causing stenosis.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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