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above knee aches and pain in soles of feet-any one else?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,670
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:37 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi, can anyone tell me if they have had pain and weakness in the muscles above the knees (front) while getting up from sitting, going up stairs etc?Plus I alo have constant pain in the soles of my feet as if I've been walking on a hard surface all day.Both came on around the same time and are getting worse.I also have constant back pain after my microdiscectomy which I had in May, but little or no back spasms (only while trying to turn over in bed).Does anyone else have these pains?


  • I had the above knee, sciatic pain, and numbness of the toes and foot only while standing, that slowly moved up my leg if I did not sit down. The surgery took care of that, I no longer suffer from it.

  • Did these symptoms come on after your surgery?
  • yes, these are all new symtoms
  • symptoms. I had the pain in my soles before and after my microD. I had pain in the back of my thigh preop and it moved to the front post op. It has been almost 2 years since my surgery. The pain in front thigh comes and goes. The pain in the soles of my feet is almost always there. Feels like I have been standing on concrete wearing shoes with no cushioning at all.
  • I am so sorry that you are in pain still.

    I do not know the location of your microdiscectomy, but I can tell you that the "pain and weakness in the muscles above the knees (front)" that you have referred to is very likey coming from your L3/L4 area. That area specifically affects the muscles to which you refer and they are called the Vastus Lateralis and Vastus Medialis muscles. I am not sure about the constant pain in your feet a I don't know whether you are getting any associated sciatic pain or not.
    I am only going by my own experiences here as there were some similarities in my situation pre surgery.

    Take Care

    John B
  • thank you everyone for your experiences. I saw my neurosurgeon yesterday and told him about my various problems since the surgery.He did the leg raises with me and the pin tests and they were fine, so he is rather confused about my symptoms.My microdisc. was at level L5/Sl for a large central disc bulge, after which he said there was a huge amount of compression so he went in both sides to try to avoid the nerves.I have had shooting pains in the front of my right thigh and only one time could I draw a line all the way down the outside of my right leg into the top of my foot and out the big and second toe.I havent had this type of pain for a while, just the almost constant aching soles and muscles above knees on rising.He has ordered another mri just to rule everything out, but thinks it will turn out ok!!After being admitted to hospital 8 times in 2 1/2 months, I am really hoping it does show something- a diagnosis often helps put the mind at rest, even if it is bad news......
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