Pinpoint your pain.
The constriction of the nerve roots in the spinal cord causes disruption of nerve function—resulting in chronic pain, loss of control over bladder or bowel function, loss of feeling in extremities, and limb numbness or weakness. The symptoms can worsen after standing or exercising for long periods. Commonly patients complain of tiredness or heaviness in the legs with standing or walking, which is relieved once they sit for a period of time. They also frequently feel that leaning forward while walking, on a shopping cart or walker for example, helps to relieve their symptoms.