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Offline amy1

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Low back vs knee
« on: July 28, 2007, 07:25:24 PM »
In addition to my misserable knee issues (grade 3-4 tricompartmental arthritis and severe patellofemoral syndrome), I also have no disc left at my L-5- S-1 level.  For the past week, I have periodic spasms in the muscle that runs down the back of my leg behind the knee cap. I also have the occasional feeling of cold water running down the side of my knee.  Aslo. lately the better of my two knees feel as if it is catching or going out (not sure how to describe it) when I go up or down steps.  My lower back has flared up. Could these symptoms be due to the low back or knees or both?
6/2004 partial lateral meniscus removal and microfracture left knee
7/13/05  open lateral release, medial plication, spur removal right knee
12/06  re do proximal realignment right knee (scar tissue formed ) 5 days post op - fell and fractured elbow
08/2009 - feeling good so far work 50 hrs a week

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Re: Low back vs knee
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2007, 08:21:34 PM »
I think this is more a back issue. Though the problems with catching must be your knee.
Are you getting any treatment for your back ?
I have a spinal injury and before that happened I had other problems with my back and I could really tell that was hard to have together with my injured knee.
Surgery 6 times left knee torn meniscus, RSDS,chondromalacia, nervdamage cause constant nervpain,chronic inflamm.
Spinaldamage wheeler 100%.
Right knee damaged aug-06, use brace surgery 4/9-07.LCL tear.

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Re: Low back vs knee
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2007, 10:28:25 PM »
I have had back problems for about 25 years.  The symptoms waxed and waned.  About four years ago, following a major flare up with a lot of sciattica symptoms, I went to my doctor.  He sent me to a neurologist who did a EMG which showed compression at the L-5  S-1 level.  I then went to a spinal specialist who ordered xrays and and a  MRI.  Both confirmed that the disc had completely ruptured at some point in the past.  Now, where the disc had been, I have a dried out powdery substance left. I went to two different spinal doctors who both said that a fusion surgery is the only option at this point.  Both said that I should try to hold off (aviod) fusion if possible.  One of the doctors had been involved in clinical trials for the first generation of artificial disc.  He said that there were some short commings with the first generation and that he was going to be involved with trials for the second generation disc which looked more promising.  He was telling all of his patients to try to aviod fusion and wait for the results of the clinical trials for the second generation disc.  I went through a course of PT (water based).  The synptoms subsided.  I always have some back pain but if I am careful and avoid lifting, bending in certain positions etc, the pain is manageable except when I go through a flare up. I have an appointment with an lorthapedist this Tuesday.  I will discuss the problems with him and see what he says.  The only thing that helps me make it through a day of work when my back flares up, are Thermawraps.  They are like a disposable heating pad that wraps around your waste.  They stay hot for about 7 hours.  I always keep a few in my desk, bookbag and car to use when the spasms kick in. 
6/2004 partial lateral meniscus removal and microfracture left knee
7/13/05  open lateral release, medial plication, spur removal right knee
12/06  re do proximal realignment right knee (scar tissue formed ) 5 days post op - fell and fractured elbow
08/2009 - feeling good so far work 50 hrs a week

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Re: Low back vs knee
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2007, 10:36:03 PM »
Understandable to wait and avoid fusion. I hope the flare up will go back and you can manage again.
Could you have another PT round in water ?
Good luck at the appointment. Knees can suck, but backs are way worse.
Surgery 6 times left knee torn meniscus, RSDS,chondromalacia, nervdamage cause constant nervpain,chronic inflamm.
Spinaldamage wheeler 100%.
Right knee damaged aug-06, use brace surgery 4/9-07.LCL tear.















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