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Cause of hip/knee pain

SineadAFCSSineadAFC Posts: 6
edited 01/18/2015 - 11:20 AM in Arthritis, Osteoarthritis
Over the past few weeks I've been getting hip and knee pain which is getting progressively worse. To summarise, I have foraminal stenosis which causes severe nerve pain in my legs, particularly in my left one. However, I also have moderate osteoarthritis of the facet joints at L4/L5 and L5/S1, and usually the nerve pain you can recognise as it 'runs' down your leg and you can feel that the source is from your back, so I was wondering if anyone has been diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the spine initially and gone on later to find out that it was in other joints too? Because the pain feels like it's originating from my hips/knees and is a lot sharper than the burning sensation you typically get with nerve pain, and I know in some people osteoarthritis can be widespread. Also, I thought it might be osteoarthritis because although I get it most days, it's aggravated by movement and they feel stiff, and the pain eases with rest whereas my nerve pain doesn't. Any advice appreciated, thank you x


  • I have been diagnosed with various lumbar issues as well. Part of my symptoms are severe hip, groin pain radiating down my leg. The MD kept saying it was from my back. I got a second opinion and found I have SEVERE osteoarthritis of my hip. Bone-on-bone. Need a hip replacement soon. Do not let the MDs index of suspicion be too narrow. Get a second opinion or at least have a hip xray. You don't need an MRI to diagnose hip arthritis. Good luck
  • I have the same problem as u in my lumbar. I have had three surgeries to fuse those areas. I have pain mainly on my left side. However, both hips and both knees hurt, with the left side being worse! I've done a lot of research about this and it is sometimes diagnosed in place of rheumatoid arthritis or fibromyalgia. From what I understand, it is just a blood test that can tell you for sure. For me, the fusions in my lumbar/sciatica area really helped with my hip and knee pain. I had my sixth fusion surgery five weeks ago and I fell really bad yesterday, 3/9/15. My Knee is crazy bad now bc I landed on it. I think I just messed my recovery up really bad! Pray no more surgery will be required for repairs from this fall! Thanks and good luck to you!
    Wendy Rinck
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