Pain: nerve vs muscle vs joint?
Can one identify what kind of pain one experiences? I am 72 and have spondylolisthesis as well as arthritis as well as osteopenia. My most persistent pain is a stabbing pain in the back of my knee – I’m assuming that’s nerve compression plus arthritis. Can get worse after walking and can make it temporarily hard to bend my knee up to ascend stairs for example but then it eases up. At times either despite or because of PT exercises and/or walking I have typical achiness in my lower back around the back of my waist. My feet also can get achy. But I don’t have numbness or burning. I did have some sciatica pain shooting down one leg which epidurals seemed to make better. So is there a difference in the characteristics of pain?