I had a Micro Discectomy and Lumbar Laminectomy at L5-S1 on July 24, 2008 due to a ruptured disc that had broken off in to pieces. I also have a ruptured disc at L4-L5 and two bulging discs above that. I had some pretty bad pain for a few days after surgery followed by a few weeks that were pretty good. I was feeling pretty optimistic. For the weeks since then I've been in more pain than before surgery. I've had bad back pain and leg pain down the right side. Same as before but worse. The pain goes all the way down through my right calf. I also have developed severe sharp pain in the front of both knees which I've never had in my life. There is no reason why I'd have this pain unless it's surgery related. My surgeon said that I may need a two level fusion but that he thought it would be worth doing what he did first to see if that helped enough that I wouldn't need the fusion or if I could put it off for a long time.
Is it too soon to tell or am has my surgery not been successful? I start PT in a few weeks.
Also, has anyone ever heard of pain in the front of the knees from back problems or surgery? I've had no other injury or trauma so I can't think of anything else.