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Hello I have posted before on this subject. I am a 66 year old with oa in neck and both knees and recently have had it diagnosed in the spine. This is my question which I can't seem to find an answer to do knee problems cause referred pain. All I have read is that knee problems cause pain in the knees perhaps slightly down or up from the knee but thats all. I do have painful knees (over 20 years slowly got worse). I was supposed to have an arthroscopy on the right knee after months of pain which mostly kept me housebound. This pain went from back and side of knee right down shin, outside of lower leg and into foot and ankle and was excruiating. It also went up the thigh a bit, and was brought on my walking etc, hence staying at home at lot. After several months of pain
it suddenly got a lot better when I went for the surgery It was decided not
to operate as it would probably cause a flair up and the surgeon was not
sure if it would help anyway. I then had physio but it caused such pain I had to stop. It had not been too bad over the last few months. Now the left leg is starting the same way I've always got pain in the knees but
once again the pain is down the leg into foot and ankle again. I have read about referred pain to knees fron hips but nothing about lower leg and foot. Could this be from my spine? My neck is also painful especially on the right. I do have bad varicose veins but did see a vascular doctor who said the pain was not from them. I can only take
paracetamol as ibuprofen and codeine type pills affect my IBS. Any one have a similar problem or any ideas. I suffer from anxiety and have been trying hard to overcome it (will be seeing someone next month). I am frightened of be housebound again. Any one help please. Sorry to moan on.
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