I am a healthy, active 54-year old, 5'10" 140 lbs. I exercise regularly, have a healthy diet, sleep well, and have no history of chronic pain or any other medical conditions. I own a small ad agency; most of my work is at the desk & computer, but I am up & down the stairs & moving around the office quite a bit. I awoke 2 days ago with lower back pain, which felt like a pinched nerve. Aspirin or aleve provided adequate relief & it subsided.
Yesterday, the pain (related I assume?) seemed to move down to behind my knees. It is not responding to aspirin & became strong enough it woke me out of a sleep. I have just spent about an hour at 4am on the computer searching for this topic & was led to your website. None of the matches I found made any sense (lupus, arthritis, RLS, etc) because this came on so suddenly and there is a total lack of other syptoms.
The pain in dull, throbbing, and is not relieved by changing positions--pretty constant whether I'm lying down in any position or sitting. It's better standing but I can't sleep or work standing. There is still some pain in the hips/lower back. I have had no change in activity, no unusual exercise or movement or change in routine.
This is so uncharacteristic for me--the pain, the reading about med issues online--I want to see if this is possibly symptomatic of something serious, but mostly what I can do to relieve the pain so I can sleep & work. Any suggestions?
Whenever I hear about pain behind the knees, you want to rule out a blood clot (deep venous thrombosis). This is unlikely, but certainly possible. A simple ultrasound would be a reasonable test for this.
Assuming that's negative, then you can look at less serious diseases. They can include a Baker's cyst (a fluid filled collection behind the knee) as well as various types of muscle strains or nerve impingements. These can be treated with anti-inflammatories and physical therapy if these causes are suspected. Further testing can include plain films or an MRI of the back, as well as referrals to an orthopedist or neurologist.
I would discuss these options with your personal physician.
Followup with your personal physician is essential.
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There are a few self-tests that you can do to determine if you have a DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis). You need only compare the temperature of your left vs. right leg and the coloration between the two.
I had a DVT a couple of years ago. I had back pain for about 4 days before my right leg went completely dead. It wasn't until I consulted a nurse the day my leg completely died, that I noticed that my right leg was purple! At any rate, I got to stay in the ICU for about 4 days, so it is very very dangerous.
Do you take estrogen, smoke or take anything else that could thicken the blood? These, along with a birth defect and ephedra, caused my DVT when I was only 22 and now I am never allowed to have any hormones again.
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