Before I had my hips replaced I had pain
that would start in my, um, rear end, shoot down the back
of my thigh, SKIP my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>knee</span>
area and continue down the back
of my calf. After the hip surgery the sciatic pain
disappeared. My guess is that the hip pain
was altering the way I walked, sat, stood, etc, which can easily lead to pain
elsewhere in the body.
If you've been on mtx alone in the past and it didn't work, try it again and combine it with one of the newer meds like Enbrel or Humira.