I am a 68 fit male diagnosed with severe stenosis at both the above levels.
I had the above operation 12 days ago. I was discharged from hospital on the 6th day after making good progress with my rehab. I can now comfortably walk for 600 metres. 2 days ago I decided to try not having any tramadol which has been my main source of med post hospital, but continued taking paracetamol. I managed ok but didn't have a very comfortable night with some pain evident in my arthritic right knee (the result of a rugby accident when I was only 20) and perhaps some general discomfort because I was a tad constipated.
The following day I continued without the tramadol but did have one tab before going to bed. The pain in my arthritic knee became unbearable so I took a sevradol and got a reasonable night's rest. Pain from the surgery and lower back in general was minimal.
I wonder if anyone else has experienced something similar or can add any enlightenment on what has happened. I wondered if because my surgery and previous lower back pain were 'on the mend' the pain was somehow being 'transferred' to another 'weak' spot? Wierd I know, but there doesn't appear to be anything I have done to bring on the knee pain rush. When moving around and resting during the day, the knee pain isn't bad at all.
I was told a long time ago that I would eventually need a knee joint replacement but have managed things ok up until now.