I have been studying up on sciatica because I thought that was what I had. But the more I look into it, the more I think I don't have it. First off, I am 21 years old. I am not 100% on this, but I think I am out of the typical range for sciatica patients. Secondly, my pain began in my lower back and has moved to my buttocks only mildly. My most severe pain is in my knees and ankles on both legs. The reserach I have read says that sciatica is usually worse in the buttocks and MAY move to the legs. It also said that the pain can be stabbing or shooting. My pain is soreness. I wake up in the morning and my knee is so sore I can barely move it, with only normal activities the day before. Sciatica pain is also usually associated with pain in the back of the legs, my ankles hurt on the very top of them and my knees hurt on the sides mostly and some on the back, but not the top. Does this sound like sciatic to anyone or am I looking at something else?