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left knee and lower back pain...

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Lower Back Pain
so i fell about 6 months ago and landed on my left knee. Since then my knee has been feeling pretty painful. The pain usually only occurs when i do a lot of walking or i keep it bent for a long period of time (at the movie theatre), but also sometimes i get random shooting pains in my knee cap. i went to my physician about the pain and he examined my knee by bending it etc but he deduced that there was nothing wrong. Now i am experiencing pain in my left buttock/lower back. The pain is more of an ache than sharp pain. Its worrying because both pains are causing me to walk awkwardly.
please, if you could give me some advice on what to do it would be much appreciated.

ps. i would like to mention that all my joints tend to 'crack'. My ankles make a cracking noise when i walk up stairs and i often have to crack my elbows and on rare occasions my knees. have also been to my physician about this and he again said that nothing was wrong.


  • Have you considered getting another opinion? Your doc does not sound too interested in getting to the bottom of things. You probably need xrays and an MRI of your back. I also get pain in my knees and ankles when my back is really bad. My doc says that my ankles hurt because I am walking differently to compensate for the pain in my back. My knees are arthritic and also pop and crack. I would strongly advise you to get another doc that will take you seriously or ask him to refer you somewhere else. Do you think that he would send you for xrays and MRI if you asked him too? I would think that he would have already xray your knee. Good luck and keep us posted.
  • It never hurts to get a second opinion if you are still having problems and your doc thinks "your fine". If you hurt bad enough that it is effecting your quality of life, then find out what's wrong.

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  • Welcome to the board! What test's have you had already? I fell exactly as you did, same knee, and had to have surgery. I had 2 torn meniscus, after surgey the pain was so much better. But I also have arthritis in both knees so I will always have pain there, it's just not nearly as bad as it was prior to surgery. My injury showed up in a MRI. You at least have to have some type of pictures taken, and not just a regular x-ray. They don't show soft tissue damage. I don't know how your doc came up with his diagnosis by just examining you. BTW, you need to see an Orthopedist. As to your back, I would suggest the same thing, you need some pix taken like a MRI,again, a regular x-ray will not show soft tissue damage. After 6 months I don't think that it would be just a sprained muscle. Good luck and I hope you feel better soon.
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