Question for those with knee osteo.

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CathyA
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   Posted 5/9/2017 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   
My knees are pretty bad, especially the right. I don't want a replacement and I guess I should have had injections many years ago, but until now, I've just used ice and exercises and limited my walking.
But a couple months ago I began having sharp pain in my right lateral upper shin area and tremendous aching in my right lateral thigh area. Sounds like a nerve or ligament problem, but I was wondering if any of you with bad knees also get pains in other parts of the leg?
Thanks.

Betsy12
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   Posted 5/10/2017 7:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I definitely get pain elsewhere. My knees only have "mild arthritis" (at 51), but I had a meniscus tear and chondromalacia, and a microfracture surgery last summer. Any time my gait is off, for any reason, I tend to feel it later in others parts of my leg. And it's not just my knees that affect my gait, I have bunions, fallen arches, and other foot problems. Also, my calves are very tight.

So...rather than whine about what's wrong with me, let me share what helps. I had PT after my knee surgery, and I find that if I do the leg stretches that I did there on a regular basis, everything functions a bit better. The exercises are mostly just stretching, but they are designed to strengthen everything in the leg to better support the knee.

My guess is your gait is a bit off due to legitimate pain, and you are now feeling that elsewhere. Hopefully some rest with restore you to where you should be. Best wishes!

CathyA
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   Posted 5/11/2017 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Betsy,

I'm sorry you're having these problems at such a young age. I'm 67.....but I did start having things like plantar fasciitis/Achilles tendonitis in my teens and early 20's. I do have fibromyalgia, which can really throw a wrench into the works.
I've worn shoe orthotics since I was 19. I had a meniscus tear "cleanup" about 10 years ago, but that caused my lower leg to bend outward....which messed up my foot. I truly wish doctors could see past their own specialty. What I mean is a knee doc doesn't pay that much attention to your foot and vice versa with the podiatrist and knee.
I have TMJ and wear a mouth splint at night........along with my cpap machine.
Sorry I'm whining......sometimes I just get sad and tired.
Yes, P.T. has helped a fair amount in the past, and I confess I haven't been as good doing it recently because of my mental state.
Anyhow.........I have an appointment with a new ortho doc, so hopefully we can get my pain under control. Hopefully he's not just interested in young athletes.
I did see a rheumatologist.....but he seemed most interested in putting me on Plaquenil, which can have some really bad side-effects.....like cancer.
Thanks again, and I will look forward to finding some help for the pain.

three 5's and a jack
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   Posted 7/28/2017 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey CathyA:
I have had knee pain for nearly 20 years. I am now 69 yo. For the last 8-9 years I have had knee injections, bi lateral. The problem is I have lots of Osteoarthritis throughout my body. There is no cartilage left in either knee.
I have had pain in various locations in both legs that I attribute to the knee issues. When you have pain in the knees and perhaps they don't work quite like they are supposed to work, concerning balance and such the rest of you entire body but most notably the legs try to make up for it.
I have found that when the injections are working at their optimum level the rest of my legs, hips and lower back seem to benefit from them as well.
Good luck.

Diamond20_UK
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   Posted 8/19/2017 2:42 PM (GMT -7)   
CathyA said...
Thanks Betsy,

I'm sorry you're having these problems at such a young age. I'm 67.....but I did start having things like plantar fasciitis/Achilles tendonitis in my teens and early 20's. I do have fibromyalgia, which can really throw a wrench into the works.
I've worn shoe orthotics since I was 19. I had a meniscus tear "cleanup" about 10 years ago, but that caused my lower leg to bend outward....which messed up my foot. I truly wish doctors could see past their own specialty. What I mean is a knee doc doesn't pay that much attention to your foot and vice versa with the podiatrist and knee.
I have TMJ and wear a mouth splint at night........along with my cpap machine.
Sorry I'm whining......sometimes I just get sad and tired.
Yes, P.T. has helped a fair amount in the past, and I confess I haven't been as good doing it recently because of my mental state.
Anyhow.........I have an appointment with a new ortho doc, so hopefully we can get my pain under control. Hopefully he's not just interested in young athletes.
I did see a rheumatologist.....but he seemed most interested in putting me on Plaquenil, which can have some really bad side-effects.....like cancer.
Thanks again, and I will look forward to finding some help for the pain.

Hi Cathy,

I did a post not long back on knee buckling but your symptoms with pain across the shin area is like what I had when mine buckled I've not had a day since when every morning plus through the day they're sprayed with cold freeze besides patches that do freeze them for 3 solid hrs, relief or what lol ...plus I get the pain in the thigh, when I saw my GP he said it's when they're sprained but usually comes from RA in the system.

I've got cervical spondylosis (Osteoarthritis) so my rheumo can get me tested for it, as it runs high RA does in my moms family.

By the way mate carry on moaning, as i'm with you on it wink snap regarding TMJ disease and mouth shield, sinunitis-the tissues in a week alone is sick. I could rabbit on and moan but I only have my hubby and he's heard it all before.

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