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Sciatic pain possibly effecting knee and ankle?

minamorganmminamorgan Posts: 2
Good morning!

First time here- had a question for all of you....

quick bio- I'm 30, have had 2 back surgeries (microdiscectomy) for a herniated disc in L5/S1, due to a injury from falling/jumping off a horse about 11 years ago. (I also have some tears and other slight bulges in other parts of my spine..yaay me!) My last surgery was about 3 1/2 years ago. My doctor said after the last surgery that he may need to do a fusion, since he noticed there might be a fracture in my back. I refused to do that at the time and ended up losing a large amount of weight after my last surgery and for about a year/two was pain free. (This is after 2 1/2 years on disability and not being able to do much, due to the psychical pain and recuperating from surgeries.) (I do have numbness on the back of my thigh, that has NEVER gone away, which started right after my initial injury.)

Fast forward to a 3-4 months ago- I was putting on a jacket, heard a pop and had painful throbbing in my lower back. It has increasingly been getting worse. Saw my doctor about a month ago- who gave me predizone for a week and prescribed physical therapy. I've been twice now to PT and my symptoms seem to be getting worse. I've had knee/kneecap pain for the last week and this morning tried to walk and my ankle now has shooting pain when I put any weight on my heel.

Could my back issues be causing knee and ankle pain?

When I went to my doctor last, she did some tests to see how my reflexes are in knee/ankle and I've fully lost any response in my ankle (She used that hammer thing to hit my knee cap, so it jerks up and did the same thing to the back of my ankle. My left ankle responded but my right didn't move one bit.)

Has anyone else had any experience with this?

I'm trying not to worry too much, but I am scared this might be something more serious. Because of my large history with back pain and pretty much nothing helping- I am worried that this newest issue is going to get worse and cause more problems. I realize this is just a big fear of mine, but I really really really do not want to be on disability or have another surgery.


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
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  • Wondering if you have any numbness.or tingling?

  • stenosisRose said:
    Wondering if you have any numbness.or tingling?

    Yes, I was having tingling/pins and needles in my toes, bottom of my foot, ankle and occasionally throughout my leg.
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