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Old 12-14-2003, 03:16 AM   #1
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Would this be sciatica?

This has been on my mind for awhile but I thought it was just extra pain I got sometimes till I spoke to a friend about it.

I have pain in the bottom of my back sometimes and its REALLY painful when I get it. I never thought to much about it though as I just lumped it together with the pain I get when I stand or walk.Which is always in the middle of my back. (I know that sounds stupid but I thought pain in my back was just pain in my back)

I was on the bus last week though and was sitting down the pain was so sore I stood up to try and relieve it a bit and it did a little, but when I got of the bus the pain was in my hip?

That registered with me but then I had a pain in my knee that was making me limp Badly, I thought I must have done something to it but then it changed to below my knee.

My friend said that I might have sciatica but the pain came back to my knee where it had been earlier and stayed there till I went to bed.

When I got up in the morning there was a little twinge in my knee but the pain was gone.

My Wife then said that it cant be sciatica as the pain always travels and doesn't stay in one place.

I have no idea what sciatica is apart from the fact that its something in the back that causes pain somewhere else.

Can somebody please answer this for me?

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Old 12-15-2003, 10:51 AM   #2
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Re: Would this be sciatica?

Hi Danny, WECOME!! I have sciatica and know the pain you're talking about!
I have herniated discs in the low back that causes the hip pain and down the legs. It's never just my knees though! It usually starts with unbearable pain in the back, to the hips, down the thighs and into the knees, then works it's way into numbing my feet!
I don't know if this is the same for you 'cause you mention it staying in your knee only! Did you know that pain in your knees could also be arthritis?? Just a thought!!
Personally, I'd recommend going to your dr, letting him know of the back/knee pain, and asking for an MRI or CT scan! Atleast that way you'll know if there's anything wrong with your spine/discs! Let us know what you find out, take care!!

Old 12-15-2003, 11:31 AM   #3
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Re: Would this be sciatica?


Thanks again to you for getting back to me.

Its just like you said It is really bad pain in my back then my hip and my knee.

But what happened to me was pins and needles in my feet.

I don't have it all the time though it just comes and goes.

It was a different day when I had the pain in my knee on its own

I think that my knee was just sore though, it must be something seperate.

I am seeing my doc in 3 days so I will ask him to check it for me.

Last edited by ulic; 12-15-2003 at 11:35 AM.

Old 12-15-2003, 01:11 PM   #4
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Re: Would this be sciatica?

Hey, Danny. I vote for sciatica, too, but I vote for consulting with your doc about it much more strongly! Good luck to you,


Old 12-15-2003, 01:44 PM   #5
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Re: Would this be sciatica?

I agree with standingman!! Especially if dealing with drs that don't listen when asked LOL!! If there's one thing I've learned these past 5yrs, it's that I'm the only one that cares enough about my health, to fight for it!!
The numb/tingly I meant was pins and needles at times, but now I just lose feeling altogether, that's what I call numb! I hope this doesn't happen to you, and that your dr will actually help you by then!! Take care!

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