If foraminal stenosis created pressure on the spinal cord or spinal nerve root, a variety of symptoms can develop. The nature and location of the symptoms vary based on the site of the affected foramen. More specifically, the symptoms can be localized or they may travel through the peripheral nervous system and radiate along the path of an affected nerve root. For instance, foraminal stenosis in the cervical spine can lead to symptoms in the neck, shoulder arms, and hands.
On the other hand nerve compression in the lumbar spine can cause symptoms in the lower back, hips, buttocks, legs, and feet. The most usual cause of traveling pain in the lower body is the compression of the sciatic nerve. This leads to a set of symptoms known as sciatica (pain, tingling, weakness, and numbness that radiates along the sciatic nerve that runs down the buttocks, along the back of the thighs and calves, and into the feet)