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Anyone With Herniated Disc and Burning Knee Pain?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,550
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Chronic Pain
Age 20, diagnosed a bit over a month ago with HD in L4-L5. I have had diff symptoms of it since (the tingling, numbness, etc) however most of my pain now is in my knee.

I have some back stiffness and a bit of pain in my back but all of my pain is really in my knee on the side where my back hurts (the left). It is mostly above and below the knee cap and is just a real burning type of dull pain. No other way to describe it but burning.

Has anyone experienced anything similar? I asked my phys. therapist and she believes its related to my back pain. Considering going back to my Orthopedist, but just want to see if anyone else with a HD has had pain like this. Thanks


  • I have a herniated L5-S1 and nerve compression. I have all types of sensations in both legs but worse in my left. I hate the burning feeling. It feels like I've left a heating pad on for too long, and it's still on BUT THERE'S NO HEATING PAD!!! I was told it's related to the nerves stemming from your back... But as you know, this is not offical medical advice, just what I was told...

    I hope you get better. Remember, surgery isn't always a fix and once you get cut, you're never the same and one surgery could lead to an endless road of surgeries. I was offered surgery but the doc was very honest and said don't do it until you have to, because of my age (22 this weekend! <:P ), he didn't want me to have to go through more serious surgeries this early in life... There's so much more to my story but I'll spare you that for now! Have you seen a pain management doctor?<br />
    I hope you find relief and I do understand!

    Much love,
  • I have that sometimes it's kinda achy burning feeling .I have told my doc about it and he didn't really say anything but I have never had any knee trouble and it's not aggrivated by anything it just comes and goes for no reason .So I just deal with it as just another wonderful pain to deal with.
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  • yeah i have a herniated disc going in for surgery on the 11th ( im only 16 btw) and i get the same burning feeling, mine is like on the tendon part in the middle of the knee.
  • After all my back surgeries, my knee did the same thing, went to a very good doctor he did a scope of the knee (an MRI isnt an option when your mostly made in a lab) nothing was physically wrong with my knee, after about 6 months the pain slowly got better and every so often returns for a few days. It is just all the screwed up nerves in my back.

    Life is good.
  • I herniated my disc 9 months ago, 2 months pt, 3 epidural injections, 8 chiropractic sessions and my 0rthopedic doctor has nop clue why the burning in both knee caps. His recent suggestions is too see a neurologist. I am 66 and never had a back issue :O :S
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  • A condition that I myself have lived with since a L5/S1 fusion back in 1991, but with the area above my right knee being the issue. The syndrome (called Meralgia Paresthetica) has only gotten worse and now my entire right thigh (midline to the outside of it) feels as though it's entirely numb yet on fire at the same time. The compressed Lateral femoral Cutaneous Nerve is to blame and there's a few different things that can be done about it...conservative and surgical.

    Bring this up to your Doc and see what he/she has to say about it...it's not uncommon and having back issues/surgery are one of the factors leading to it.

    I hope this helps and as for what you can do, there's not much other than to wear light clothing since even the pressure of blue-jeans over the area makes it worse for many people.

    Take care -

  • yes my knee is going on 2 weeks severe pain and no opiates and no sleep,,the doctors here keep thinking its in the knee,,.guess what? they are wrong,,its due to my herniated disc in lower back, due to their misstake i am still in pain,hopefully this week they will finally help me with this with correct diagnosis
  • I have a severly damaged/severed femoral nerve and the burning pain is one of the worst pains I have so I feel for you. I call the pain fire leg. In my case the burning is in my knee,thigh and at times part of my foot. It feels like someone is holding a blow torch on my leg.
    Do you also get a pressure type of pain? This is the worst pain I have. It is a hard pain to describe as it does not resemble anything I ever felt before but the best description I have is that it feels like my thigh and foot is being crushed, but the sensation seems to be down deep in the leg and not originating on the surface.
    Hope you find relief.
  • ~X( My knees fell like someone id sitting on them a lot of pressure I though I was going crazy but now I know I am not alone.

    L4L5 Bulging disk L3L2 mild bulging disc l1 little..center canal stenosis. not sure of all the details doctor went on vacation when my results came back going an seeing 3 neurosurgeon for consultation. I think that's how you spell it.
  • Sue 1965SSue 1965 United KingdomPosts: 115
    :S :S

    Hi-Hope i'm posting this in the right place!

    Im from the UK and have had my disc bulge since 2007.It has caused me various problems over the years-back pain-neck pain-sciatica-and severe right arm pain in 2009.

    I started again in April of this year with severe neck and back pain and pain in my right arm.

    The pain in my neck and back has abated a little but the pain in my right arm-from the area around my elbow sometimes into my right hand and thumb and index finger is excrutiating-some differnt movements of my arm making this worse.

    I also have horrendous pain around my right knee which sometimes spreads down my leg-particularly when driving.

    The pain is sometimes being mirrored-to a lesser degree-in my left side.

    I had a further MRI a couple of weeks ago and was told by my consultant that my nerve compression was worse on my left side which really did not explain why the pain was so bad on my right. He did say he could do ADR surgery but this would only give me a 30% chance of curing my arm pain-nothing about my knee! He has now referred me to an arm surgeon-so I am on a further waiting list.

    I have been taking high doses of pregagabin-225mg in a morning and 225mg at night which has affected my short term memory-my ability to formulate words and has generally left me feeling drugged for want of a better word-it hasn't really helped with my pain.

    On reading up about this tablet-I have found that some people have experienced pain caused by it-and have therefore asked my GP to be weaned off it to see if my pain is being caused by the tablets and not by my disc. My GP was very doubtful about this although he is supporting my decision-stating that this tablet hasn't usually caused joint pain in someone of my age-I'm 45-usually affects older people.

    Is anyone else in the same predicament?! I'm so fed up of the pain and the grogginess-I really don't know what to do for the best.

    I'm about 4 days into the weaning process as I type this-the pain feels exactly the same! So not sure if it will get worse by the end of the 2 weeks.

    Just to mention I have also experienced blurred vision-think this may be the tablets also?! :S :S :S :S :S
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