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After a long wait, 2 months, to culture some possible nasty infection in my knee, results are in and the infection did not travel from lungs to knee. That is the great news. The not so great news is my surgeon said based on xrays that nothing is wrong with the new knee. He has no clue why it gets so swollen or painful. He does not think there is anything to be done but live with the pain. He did put in for a MRI on lumbar spine thinking the Pain going down my leg and into my foot may be caused by a squished L5 nerve root. Bummer. Well I will take whatever I can get.
I left his office in a real funk because he told me that I would need to see him in person every 6 months so that I will have someone to complain to about my knee pain as he said all my friends an family will be tired of hearing about it soon. Kinda left me in a bad frame of mind but by the time I drove the hour home I was ready to fight through it and get my active life back. Just seemed like a strange thing to say to me.
 

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Pain going down my leg and into my foot may be caused by a squished L5 nerve root
As you can see in my signature I had spinal decompression due to the same symptoms - shooting pain down my leg from knee foot. At times it felt like someone was trying to rip off my knee cap.

It's good that you are going for an MRI. That will definitely identify any compression in your lumbar spine.
 

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Did you end up having an arthroscopic surgery?
No, the surgery was not arthroscopic - standard surgery to allow the nerves more space. It did relieve the horrid leg pain but I still suffer chronic spinal pain.
 
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@Jaycey so had my MRI last month. I was sent to a Pain Med Dr and he did a couple of steroid injections into those nerves in my spine. No help with leg pain but woke up on the day after with terrible lower back pain which has not gone away. Did not have lower back pain before but sure do now even 3 weeks later.
Second visit to Pain Dr and he did another injection in a slightly different method and I got about 24 hours of slight pain relief. At that visit he told me he could not do much for me and referred me to a spine surgeon.

L4-L5: There is a small broad-based disc bulge and spondylitic bar, slightly asymmetric to the right. This, in association with moderate ligamentum flavum and facet hypertrophy and congenitally short pedicles, results in mild to moderate central canal narrowing and mild to moderate right neural foraminal narrowing, with encroachment upon the exiting right L4 nerve root. There is no significant left neural foraminal narrowing.
L5-S1: A moderate to large broad-based disc bulge and spondylitic bar, asymmetric to the right, impinges upon and posteriorly displaces the right S1 nerve root, and congenitally short pedicles and moderate facet hypertrophy contribute to moderate to severe central canal stenosis and right greater than left lateral recess narrowing and mild to moderate right and moderate to severe left neural foraminal narrowing.

I really don’t understand most of the above language but tried looking some of the terms up. The pain around my knee and then down outside of my leg keeps getting worse. I sure wish there was a good knee fairy to fix this blasted knee for me.
 

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@agilitymom You do need to see a spine specialist. Bottom line is that the space for nerves to run along your spine has narrowed. This means nerves are touched/pitched in several areas. This will cause knee and leg pain right down to your foot.

Please keep us updated!
 
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Thanks @Jaycey . I have had 3 cervical spine surgeries culminating in a 4 level fusion. I was hoping I was done with spine problems.
 

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