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Severe pain in knees, spreading to ankles, most severe at night. Causes and treatment?

I am a 70 year old female with general good health. I suffer from severe pain in the left knee which goes down to the ankle only while resting in the night. My leg is weak and I do get pains when I strain my legs - either walking too much or even sitting down on long trips. However, the pain is most severe in the night and often I lose sleep because of the pain. Can you help??
Asked On : Mon, 23 Jul 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
There can be two causes of such pain. Either it can be knee osteoarthritis or it can be pinch nerve in spine. I would advice you to get standing x ray of the knee and MRI of the spine. Till you get these investigations I would like to suggest you
1.Avoid sitting cross leg and squatting
2.Take calcium and vitamin D 3.
3. take tramdol for pain relief
4. Hot water fomentation
5. Diclofenc gel
Answered: Fri, 2 May 2014
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