With stenosis, you’ll probably feel numb or weak in the limbs on one side of your body. This often comes with cramps and pain in the back, neck or limbs. The pain tends to slowly get worse, especially if you stand or walk, but gets slightly easier when you sit or lean forward. You might also feel dizzy or have problems controlling your bladder or your bowels.
Spinal stenosis is caused by the spinal canal narrowing. This puts pressure on the spinal cord and spinal nerve, leading to pain in the back and elsewhere. The stenosis most commonly happens in the cervical or lumbar regions of the spine.
Your spine specialist will normally try to manage stenosis with medication and physiotherapy. They may also suggest ways you can change your day-to-day activity, or give you epidural injections to help relieve the pain.
These treatments may only relieve the symptoms temporarily, rather than cure the condition. If you find you are still in a great deal of physical discomfort, then surgery such as a spinal decompression may be the answer.