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What could cause sharp shooting pain behind knee and behind thigh?

What could cause sharp shooting pain behind knee and behind thigh?

Knee and thigh pain: There are more than a couple things that can cause this. Your best first right thing to do is see a physician who will examine you and determine the cause and formulate a treatment plan. ...Read more

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Knee Pain (Definition)

The knee joint is the joint between three bone of the lower leg: the proximal tibia, the distal femur, and the patella. There are multiple causes of knee pain including degenerative, ...Read more


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I have sharp shooting pain behind my knee, popliteal area. It occurs when I try to straighten my leg, or suspend my leg in the air, flexed or not.

I have sharp shooting pain behind my knee, popliteal area. It occurs when I try to straighten my leg, or suspend my leg in the air, flexed or not.

Knee pain: This sounds like chondromalaciae patella. (softening of cartilage behind kneecap). A month of physical therapy with ultrasound and therapeutic exercises can diminish pain and restore pain-free motion. If the pain persists then MRI could be necessary to determine if you have a meniscus or cruciate ligament injury. (which could be the culprit of the kneecap pain). Good luck. ...Read more

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Sharp shooting pain behind right knee & calf when I walk started yesterday & Occasional first 3 toes go numb. What could be wrong? Home relief?

Sharp shooting pain behind right knee & calf when I walk started yesterday & Occasional first 3 toes go numb. What could be wrong? Home relief?

Calf pain: Pain behind the knee on walking, if not due to a strain, could be due to an inflammed muscle or tendon. Less likely would be a vein inflammation (phlebitis) or cyst. Numbness in the toes could be from a pinched nerve. See an orthopedic surgeon if symptoms persist or worsen. Cold or heat applications, liniment and, if you can take them, NSAIDS like ibuprofen rMay help. ...Read more

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Lower back pain is causing shooting pain referred leg and hip and knee pain. What can I do for relief?

Lower back pain is causing shooting pain referred leg and hip and knee pain. What can I do for relief?

See details: Your description suggests you have sciatica which is due to a nerve root compression in your back. Try rest, heat to the area and aleve (naproxen). If the problem persists, you need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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I have arthritis in my knee. Along with the knee pain I have shooting pain down my leg towards the ankle. Can arthritis cause pain down the leg?

I have arthritis in my knee. Along with the knee pain I have shooting pain down my leg towards the ankle. Can arthritis cause pain down the leg?

Not commonly: You maybe having symptoms from your lumbar spine. At age 30, you are on average too young to develop significant arthritis in your knee. There is a chance your knee pain and leg pain is coming from your back. Go see an orthopaedic surgeon or spinal specialist. ...Read more

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I have sharp shooting pain in my left inner thigh just above knee what is that?

I have sharp shooting pain in my left inner thigh just above knee what is that?

Shooting pains: Without a good History and physical/clinical exam it is tough to say. Common causes could include arthritis, a pinching nerve, phlebitis, muscle strain, etc. Etc. Get the area assessed by a good health care provider. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Getting a sharp shooting pain in the outside of my right knee, it just appears randomly then goes after around 25 minutes, I don't know what it is.

Getting a sharp shooting pain in the outside of my right knee, it just appears randomly then goes after around 25 minutes, I don't know what it is.

Need to be checked: Not enough information to advice you what it could be. But having said that it needs to be evaluated with comprehensive history and physical exam and imaging like x-rays and/or MRI. Only than we will know the cause of your pain and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I have shooting pain in my left leg behind knee. What can I do to ease the pain?

I have shooting pain in my left leg behind knee. What can I do to ease the pain?

See doctor: Shooting pain in the leg is sometimes referred to as sciatica. It may be caused by inflammation of one of the spinal nerves. Without treatment, the pain can be quite debilitating. There are many possible treatment options including medications, pt, and injections. The option I have found to be most helpful is injection of local anesthetic and steroid directly onto the inflamed nerve. ...Read more

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I am getting a shooting pain in my right knee only when kneeling on it, it's very sharp and painfull, otherwise my knee is fine. What is the cause?

I am getting a shooting pain in my right knee only when kneeling on it, it's very sharp and painfull, otherwise my knee is fine. What is the cause?

Probably bursitis: Knee pain especially on kneeling is suggestive of bursitis most likely prepatellar bursitis. There are numerous fluid filled sacs on the knee joint that help lubricate it. Sometimes they get inflamed. Rest and and applying ice can help. A consultation with a physician may be warranted to do further work up such as ordering x-rays to rule out possible fracture. ...Read more

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I have a sharp shooting pain going from my toes up to my knee, I can barely move my leg it hurts so badly. What do I do?

I have a sharp shooting pain going from my toes up to my knee, I can barely move my leg it hurts so badly. What do I do?

LEG PAIN WITH WEAK: THIS IS A SITUATION IN WHICH A MEDICAL WORKUP WILL NEED TO BE PEFORMED ASAP. PLEASE CALL YOUR INTERNIST THE NEXT BUSINESS DAY, AND OBTAIN AN APPOINTMENT FOR COMPLETE EVALUATION OF THIS COMPLAINT. ...Read more

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Sharp shooting pain in leg on right side of knee on right leg tonight. Some may be other places other nights, now it is going up my thigh.

Sharp shooting pain in leg on right side of knee on right leg tonight. Some may be other places other nights, now it is going up my thigh.

Many things: Your symptoms are very general. This could be coming from your back (sciatica) or originating in your knee (? Arthritis). If the symptoms have been present for more than a week, you should be evaluateed by your doctor. ...Read more

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When I lay on my back and lift my left leg up straight not bending my knee I get sharp shooting pain in my lower back. I also can't stand straight up.

Back sprain: The pain on straight leg raising is indicative of either ligament tears and laxity in the lumbar spine or sacroiliac problems with weak ligaments. It might also involve an inflammation of a lumbar disc and nerve root irritation.

Visit www. Proloshot. Com or www. Aaomed. Org to find a doctor who does prolotherapy as the ideal treatment to rectify this problem. ...Read more

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Sharp shooting pain in groin area when I raise knee or squat to stand. Feels like a pop and leg buckles. Only on rt side. Wakes me up! Possible cause?

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Need more info: Could be your hip. If acute onset-was there a precipitating accident. Could be hernia, high lumbar radiculopathy pain. How did it start. You should get evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon, physiatrist, or sports medicine specialist. ...Read more

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I have a sharp shooting pain going from my right hip to my right knee what could it be should I be worried or see a doctor?

I have a sharp shooting pain going from my right hip to my right knee what could it be should I be worried or see a doctor?

See Your Doctor: Most likely no need to worry, but you should see your doctor about diagnosing it and getting it treated, so that you don't have the pain. It may be due to the iliotibial band, in which case therapy will help resolve and prevent the issue. ...Read more

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Every night as I'm sleeping I experience a sharp shooting pain from the back of my left knee (only) disperse down to my foot and cause shock like pain?

Every night as I'm sleeping I experience a sharp shooting pain from the back of my left knee (only) disperse down to my foot and cause shock like pain?

Left knee: Please start with a someone who will take you to the Emergency facility where they will carefully examine your knee. Lab test and/or xrays will be done.
The doctors will discuss this with and make decisions about best care - either in the ER or in the hospital.
Hope all goes well! ...Read more

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I am having a sharp shooting pain from my right knee down to the ankle. This pain is not consistent,,, but seem to happen moving leg walking or lying.?

Nerve impingement: Can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging disc. It can cause muscle spasm and back pain. This condition must be professionally managed. See interventional pain management specialist for definitive diagnosis and management. ...Read more

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Heavy feeling on chest hard to breathe. Sharp shooting pain by my breast almost underarm pit on both side sharp pain in both knees thigh and calf?

Breast -chest pain: Many possibilities. You need to make an appt. With your doctor for an examination to determine the cause of your many symptoms. ...Read more

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Sharp shooting pain every few minutes between left leg and vagina feel it to knee and stomach like a jolt lighting bolt outward from between leg and vagina. Realy Sharp pain like pregnancy contractions.?

Sharp shooting pain every few minutes between left leg and vagina feel it to knee and stomach like a jolt lighting bolt outward from between leg and vagina. Realy Sharp pain like pregnancy contractions.?

Pain: You need to see your primary care physician for evaluation. The area you describe could be a groin (inner hip) strain. But not easily diagnosed without an exam. You could try Advil or Alleve for a few days as long as symptoms don't worsen. ...Read more

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Sharp shooting pain from knee to mid thigh. Difficulty walking. Dx: o/a (r) knee from fall. Now swollen ankle, top of foot, pain in toes. Related?

Sharp shooting pain from knee to mid thigh. Difficulty walking. Dx: o/a (r) knee from fall. Now swollen ankle, top of foot, pain in toes. Related?

Possible OA feet ank: Possible oa in feet and ankles. Also could be pain for compensation due to oa in the knee which could alter your walking. See your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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My ankles are very swollen and painful. I feel shooting pain up to my knees. Any advice would be appreciated.

My ankles are very swollen and painful. I feel shooting pain up to my knees. Any advice would be appreciated.

Hard to comment: There are many potential causes for swelling in the ankles. A physical exam and more background information is needed to begin to differentiate. In the meantime, cold compress and elevation when possible may provide some short-term relief. ...Read more

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My uncle is 50yrs. He got healthcheck up done. Everything is fine. While walking he is getting shooting pain in knees only. Why?

My uncle is 50yrs. He got healthcheck up done. Everything is fine. While walking he is getting shooting pain in knees only. Why?

Arthritis: Regular checkup doesn't evaluate for arthritis typically. Sounds like degenerative arthritis if the knees or meniscus tear. Needs an Orthopaedic exam., X-rays and possibly MRI. ...Read more

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I have shooting pain on the inside of my knee when I am lying flat I can walk and sit with little discomfort I also have deteriorating disks in my low?

I have shooting pain on the inside of my knee when I am lying flat I can walk and sit with little discomfort I also have deteriorating disks in my low?

Back and/or knee: If the knee doesn't swell, get hot, red, click or lock (arrested during active extension or flexion) then look elsewhere for causation including pinched spinal nerves. Other nerve issues, including intrapelvic are also possible. If the pain is severe or you have trouble walking, even though painless, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Common causes for shooting pain from hip to knee?

Common causes for shooting pain from hip to knee?

Nerve or Muscle: This could be referred pain from a nerve that is irritated in your back. It also could be pain from hip bursitis or another condition called iliotibial band syndrome. If you symptoms have not improved over a few weeks, then go discuss with your Doc. A course of physical therapy may help. ...Read more

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What should I do to relieve the shooting pain in my knee?

Shooting Knee Pain: "shooting" knee pain can come from: arthritis. Torn meniscus. Trauma to the knee cap. A bursitis around the knee (pes anserine). Trapping of a little fold of the joint lining in the joint crease. Of these I think the most likely cause of a transient "shooting" pain would be a torn, or partially torn, meniscus (cartilage). Which side of the joint is affected will help pin down the cause. ...Read more

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Why does my knee feel stiff and when I bend it I get a shooting pain going up my thy?

Why does my knee feel stiff and when I bend it I get a shooting pain going up my thy?

Without knowing: Your Physical exam and X-ray finding, it is probably related to have knee inflammation with possible knee effusion and could cause nerve irritation or compression of tibial or common fibular nerve that extend upward. ...Read more