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My knee hurts. What's wrong with me?

Asked by Seelix (14879points) December 15th, 2010

So my left knee gets achey every now and then. It doesn’t seem to have anything to do with the weather or anything else I can think of.

Yesterday it was hurting a little in the morning, and I went out for a little while, and when I came back, it was soooo sore! It hurt to bend it, it hurt to keep it straight… And it swelled up as well. Not a ton, but enough that I could feel the swelling and notice a difference between my right and left.

I took some ibuprofen before bed and that seemed to help a little, but today it still hurts. I didn’t slip or trip or do anything to injure it, so what do you think? Arthritis runs in my family, so do you think that’s what it could be?

Thanks in advance for any insight.

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Eggie's avatar

could be Arthritis….see your doctor immediately.

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YARNLADY's avatar

You have made the mistake of asking strangers on the computer rather than going to your doctor. When my husband had similar symptoms, it was deterioration of the cartilage and when he finally got the knee surgery he needed, he was completely healed, and has had zero problems for the five years since.

Doppelganger19's avatar

As one with knee problems, my first thought is that it’s not hypochrondia at all—there probably IS something wrong with your knee, albeit perhaps minor. @YARNLADY is correct. See a doctor. And I suggest you abstain from medicating till you do.

Seelix's avatar

All right, all right – if it doesn’t improve on its own in a couple of days I’ll go see a doctor. Just cross your fingers with me that it’s not anything serious.

Doppelganger19's avatar

Probably ain’t. Good luck.

crisw's avatar

It could be lots of things.

One thing I learned from my own knee experiences- if your doc seems not to know what is going on, get a referral to an orthopedist. Knee problems aren’t something to fool around with. Good luck! I had arthroscopic surgery on my knee cartilage two years ago and in the space of hours went from hobbling around to pain-free.

Seelix's avatar

@crisw – Thanks. My fiance actually had to have arthroscopic surgery on his knee about 12 years ago – his cartilage was growing out of whack and his knee kept locking up on him. Luckily, that doesn’t seem to be what’s happening to me.
Like I said, though, I’m going to give it a couple of days and if it doesn’t improve, I’ll get meself to a doctor.

chyna's avatar

It could be anything. My mom had bacteria growing on her kneecap. Not that common, not known why or how as there were no openings or cuts on her knee, but there you have it.

CarleyCruelty134's avatar

maybe you’re having growing pains? or maybe you need more calcium in your diet.

Seelix's avatar

@CarleyCruelty134 – Growing pains at 30? I doubt that ;)
I suppose it could have something to do with lack of calcium, though. I know there isn’t enough in my diet.

CarleyCruelty134's avatar

@Seelix well i didnt quite think about that fact…you could also be dehydrated.

HearTheSilence's avatar

@chyna bacteria can get into your body by ingestion, get into your blood which will then travel its way into your bones, it’s usually a S. aureus disease—osteomyelitis.

It could be possible fluid build up in your knee. Either way, I wouldn’t leave it alone for too long. If you have medical insurance, get it checked out today if possible. But if you don’t have medical, try waiting a few days and seeing how you feel then.

Seelix's avatar

@HearTheSilence – I’m Canadian, silly – insurance doesn’t matter up here ;)
I’d have to wait until my fiance would be able to drive me anyway; if I were in that much pain I wouldn’t want to walk anywhere. And he’s off on Friday, so if I’m not feeling ship-shape tomorrow I’ll have him take me on Friday morning.
I appreciate your concern, all of you :)

HearTheSilence's avatar

Well gees! Take advantage of it lol. I had to suffer being sick for 3 months straight with laryngitis (which put me out of work for all 3 months, since I need my voice), all because I don’t have medical insurance. I gotta tell you, I was begging to be euthanized, if you’ve got it use it is what I always tell people.

chyna's avatar

@HearTheSilence I was begging to be euthanized. Tee Hee

Coloma's avatar

You’ve come up lame.
Pasture rest and no oats for you!

Kardamom's avatar

It sounds like arthritis or bursitis, but you also may have pulled a tendon in there. Either way, I would have a doctor look at it to be certain. You have to treat it for what you actually have. The wrong treatment, whether it’s pain medication or massage or hot or cold compresses could make it worse if you’re not doing the correct thing. Hope you feel better soon : )

Seelix's avatar

So, strangely, my knee doesn’t hurt today. At all. I put a Tensor bandage on it yesterday evening, and since then it’s been A-OK. I even went to the library (about a 1.5km walk both ways – I know it’s not much, but I wouldn’t have wanted to do it yesterday!). Maybe it was something to do with the weather after all. Thanks, everyone, for your answers.

HearTheSilence's avatar

@Seelix As long as you’re okay and no longer in pain, that’s all that matters.

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