Patient Comments: Knee Pain - Causes


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Comment from: Alan Lever, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 22

I have had several falls, landing heavily on my right knee. After the initial pain subsided, I am left with pain at the rear of my knee, in the soft tissue. This causes severe pain in bed if I turn over, the pain wakes me immediately and it takes a minute or two to subside. Talking to my general physician (GP) led to an X-ray, with the results saying all OK and no action to be taken. I am my severely disabled wife's caregiver so any advice would be appreciated.

Comment from: Roky s, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: April 28

I have some pain in the left side knee joint and the doctor says x-ray reports are normal. One day I played cricket, suddenly my left knee stretched, and I have had pain in the knee joint.

Comment from: Nadeem, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 27

Badminton game restarted after four months and just after five days I found swelling and pain in my knee while walking, and it is difficult to sit or to stand.

Comment from: BeckyD, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

My knee popped while getting up from the chiropractor’s table. Not terribly painful, but doesn't feel right. It hasn't restricted activity and doesn't hurt on bending or weight bearing, but has a feel of coldness around the knee cap.

Comment from: Randy5520, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 12

I am a type 2 diabetic since 2015. When my doctor first told me I had type 2 diabetes and I had to take 500 mg of metformin 2 pills a day, what I did was I thought about what I have and what I have to do to control it, so I started reading more about type 2 diabetes. Then I gave up a large amount of starchy foods I was eating like potatoes, rice, white sugar which were the main starches that got me in this situation. I went cold turkey on those starches as I had to flush those starches out of my system. I was having the diabetic foot pain for about a month after I became type 2 but once all that stuff left my system and I put myself on a low starch diet the pain started to go away. Then I started losing weight because of the low starch diet; between January and July of 2015 I went from 240 to 217 and my diabetic situation improved tremendously. I did a lot of tread milling and drank only water, no juices. The key to controlling your diabetes is to stay on a low starch low carbohydrate diet, no sodas or juices stick to water, and work out at least every other day. Check your blood sugar when needed, stay away from stress and you will live a normal life; it worked for me.

Comment from: sarah, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 29

Thank you so much for this, it’s very much helpful. I have suffered a lot from knee pain and then I came across an exercise routine called isometric exercise from where I've learnt that cellular inflammation, postural misalignment, cartilage deterioration are the main reasons for knee pain.

Comment from: Star, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

I don’t know what caused my knee pain.

Comment from: Brooke, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 23

My daughter has banged her knee and has quite a lot of pain when standing.

Comment from: Roxmy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 23

A fall with hyperflexion of my left knee is the cause of my knee pain.

Comment from: Lknight777, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 02

I have pain in my right knee after driving about 800 miles in 3 days. I have had the pain for 10 days.

Comment from: Food Safety Auditor, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: January 20

I practice karate. After severe trainings in running ascending roads and climbing, my left knee start causing me pain especially at the tendon attaching the femoral bone. When the pain began it disappeared after 3 minutes of light running but now I can't walk properly. It had been 10 days till now.

Comment from: Nf, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 03

My knee started hurting after doing jumps going upstairs at the gym. It's been 2 1/2 weeks and I still have pain.


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Comment from: dorcas, Female (Patient) Published: October 13

Four years ago I was hit by a car my and both knees were fractured. I live with pain till now so I need something that can help me with the pain.

Comment from: A, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: August 05

I was going for road running from past 3 weeks, then I realized a small amount of pain near knee joint.

Comment from: Cranburry, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 01

If I run, my knee pain returns and takes weeks to subside. Most of the pain occurs on the outside rear of the knee. It feels swollen on the inside but not on the outside. There is no redness or heat.

Comment from: Zsa, 45-54 (Caregiver) Published: July 08

I had sudden sharp pain over my kneecap after going up and down stairs doing spring clean job in house. I can't remember hurting it. It started to swell and I wore a support elastic strap on it for few days then took off, but it didn't seem to help that much. I have constant soreness dull ache in knee. Swelling goes up and down but always appears more swollen than other knee. When I bend the knee and touch the kneecap I get a sharp pain and it feels like vibration sensation under knee. I heard knee pop/crack sound when going up the stairs. I have used anti-inflammatory medications but knee pain persists.

Comment from: michelle c, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

I’m not sure how I hurt my knee, possibly twisted it. It is swollen and I can"t stand or walk. When I walk can feel it cracking pop. I work at McDonalds, I stand all the time.

Comment from: Dugs , 45-54 Female Published: May 01

I have a very uncomfortable feeling while the hot flashes last; feeling of weakness also accompanies these periods of hot flashes. I drink as much water as possible to keep hydrated and I find that it helps with the flushing of the bladder which stops the slight burning after urination. I am thankful it only lasts for a few seconds to a minute and hope its goes away very soon. I'm 54 and it has been happening for about a year now.

Comment from: juanr2ro, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 20

I'm not sure how I hurt my knee, possibly twisted it. It is swollen, and I work as a cook (stand all the time). I didn't twist anything, my knee hurts on the inner left side. I can't walk up or down with absolutely no pain or weakness.

Comment from: mac, Male (Caregiver) Published: December 01

I had my knee drained of fluid after years of drinking fizzy drinks and beer. When my knee was drained the liquid came out like milk. I could walk a few days later with no trouble, but about 8 years later, when the cold weather came around it started hurting again.

Comment from: chris d, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

I had arthroscopic knee repair, primarily meniscus, done 4 months ago. Currently pain is as bad if not worse than before with even more limiting ROM (range of motion). There is still a lot of swelling posteriorly, even slight lateral movements result in sharp pain, still very painful on quad stretch, pain in using stairs, and very stiff when I lie or sit down. Five days ago I received a Synvisc-One injection. There is no noticeable improvement so far.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 13

My knee was injured from falling when hit by a car.

Comment from: Don, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 21

Running this morning; I didn't twist anything. After run (jog) my knee hurt on the inner left side. Now I can't walk up hills or stairs. I can walk down with absolutely no pain or weakness.

Comment from: Rusty4474, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: December 12

I have had a total knee replacement a couple of years back with no problems. Now I have tremendous pain on the lateral area when I try to walk. I just had a three phase bone scan and waiting for results. No doctor appt for nearly three weeks. I absolutely cannot walk and feel something needs to be done. The other knee which is natural is fine. Any ideas on what is happening.


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Comment from: ThereseInAZ, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 01

When I was 12 years old my right knee cap was almost shattered by a baseball bat. I was in the hospital for two weeks and the doctors wanted to fuse my knee cap (stiff leg). My parents wouldn't hear of it. I am 55 now and have had orthoscopic surgery, suffer from severe knee swelling, popping, grinding, unbearable pain and now walk with a noticeable limp (my knee can't bear my weight). Physicians have warned about arthritis and the probable knee cap replacement in ten years (that was fifteen years ago). However, knee cap replacement is expensive, painful and has no guarantee's it will work. I guess I am headed for the remainder of my life as a handicap.

Comment from: SACHIN , 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 15

I have some pain in the left side knee joint and the doctor says x-ray reports are normal.

Comment from: Tam, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 21

I have experiencing pain at the back of my knee for the last four days. This has been followed up by sudden instances when my left leg and arm would fall asleep while I am sitting normally. The pain now seems to be spreading lower.

Comment from: Mila, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I have been a diabetic for more than 25 years and I have been having kneecap pain past 5 years.

Comment from: ThereselnAZ, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 30

When I was 12 years old my right knee cap was almost shattered by a baseball bat. I was in the hospital for two weeks and the doctors wanted to fuse my knee cap (stiff leg). My parents wouldn't hear of it. I am 55 now and have had orthoscopic surgery, suffer from severe knee swelling, popping, grinding, unbearable pain and now walk with a noticeable limp (my knee can't bear my weight). Physicians have warned about arthritis and the probable knee cap replacement in ten years (that was fifteen years ago). However, knee cap replacement is expensive, painful and has no guarantee's it will work. I guess I am headed for the remainder of my life as a handicap.

Comment from: Julie, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 30

I had knee pain on an off for the last 4 years. I used to work register at a convenience store and by the end of the weekend, my knees and shins always hurt. It didn't matter what type of shoes I wore. For the last year, I worked at Starbucks. After my shift, my knees always hurt. I also dance. Due to a lack of space, we dance primarily on concrete. Within the past few weeks my knee pain has been almost constant. I can still function, but both knees always hurt. If I am able to rest them for an extended period of time in the middle of the day, I can extend how long I can last that day. But by noon the next day, they hurt again. It no longer seems to matter how much I am on my feet. They just always hurt. I'm not sure what to do about them.

Comment from: donna, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 30

I was on 750 mg. of Levoflexocin (1/day) and 300 mg.of clindamycin (4/day) for two weeks to treat infection from dog bites. (not my dogs).Toward the end of the two weeks I awoke to my right knee swollen and sore. I could not bend it. Both of these antibiotics have swelling/inflammation of the joints as a possible side effect. The hand specialist told me to stop both medications since the infection was gone. Now I am dealing with severe joint pain/swelling in my knee. I am wondering how long this will last and should I stay off my feet.

Comment from: DAD, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: January 30

My dad's nerves to the knees are being blocked from Alzheimer's, so he is in bad pain day and night and we were told medicine can make the Alzheimer's progress faster so all he has is a low dose pain medication.

Comment from: Ray, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 30

I used to do a lot of running but after having a heart problem I had to give it up. After 8 years I started running again and have been for over year now and have just lately developed a knee pain. The pain is in thr front of the knee just below the cap and stretches round to the back. I can still go running with very little effect but if I am walking I would have more pain. I am 70 next birthday.

Comment from: JayJay, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I noticed this about three weeks ago while kneeling. My right knee feels like I am kneeling on a stone and it's painful. It doesn’t bother me other than when I get down on that knee for one reason or another. I did not fall and injure the knee – just noticed it one day while wiping up a spill on the floor. It does not affect my walking. There is a slight "burning" as part of the pain.

Comment from: bcsliving2306, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 25

I had a partial patellectomy in November of 2011. In May of 2012, I went under for a manipulation after little success in PT. I continued with PT until Aug 2012, when insurance no longer approved the care, stating that I was well enough to continue my therapy on my own at home. Since that time, I have continued my exercises religiously. However, in the last few days I’ve had terrible pressure and tension behind my knee. I have used ice and anti-inflammatories with no success. I have an appointment to see my orthopedic surgeon next week, but in the meantime I feel awful.

Comment from: raincoat, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 22

My almost 2-year-old grandson likes to have a ride on my feet while I am sitting, so I bounce him up and down. I should know better. Now I have pain in the lateral part of my knee and behind my knee. I don’t have any actual swelling or redness, but is painful at night and after sitting. I’m using ice, taking acetaminophen, as I am unable to tolerate NSAIDs.

Comment from: trace, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 15

My progressive knee pain has been diagnosed as osteoarthritis. I am in constant pain and use antihistamines in the evening to knock myself out so that I can sleep. I take fish oil, glucosamine/chondroitin, and now strong anti-inflammatories and Tramadol. What an insidious disease.

Comment from: manas parida, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 15

My mother has problems with both knees. After the doctors showed us X-rays of her knees, we observed that there were gaps between joints. We live in India, and my mother is unable to do certain things, like sit on the floor or use a pan toilet (she can only use a Western toilet). Doctors only seem to want to write down medicine that is not effective. I would like some helpful suggestions.

Comment from: budman, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 13

I had knee replacement on both knees. both work great, but one of theme swells up behinde the knee after exerciseing.

Comment from: mudnona, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

In May I tore my meniscus and had surgery in July. Three months later my knee still swells. I have fallen two times which caused extreme pain with loud cracks and pops. Right after each fall the swelling went down and I could walk with aid. It has swollen back up both times, even though I kept it elevated, put ice on it, and use crutches. The doctor doesn't believe me. The physical therapist has seen the difference.

Comment from: ramc1221, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 12

Whenever I run, play tennis or do fitness, I always get knee pain a couple of hours later. Usually what helps is to put a heating pad on top of them.

Comment from: Christopher, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 03

I am and avid cyclist. About a month ago I had strep throat which knocked me down for 7 days. While spending most of my time in bed my muscles and seemed to tighten up. Ever since being sick I have have had continuous pain behind my knee, up my thigh, and on the right side of my lower back. It feels like the tendons have tightened up. I am unable to touch my toes which is normally not a problem and I haven't been able to ride my bike for about a month now.

Comment from: rick, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 12

Under inside left knee, hurts when I walk or bend or stretch leg out.

Comment from: leslie Harwood, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: March 16

Believe the pain to both knees relates to the long years playing football.

Comment from: JoyceS, 65-74 Female Published: November 08

Back in June I sat on a bed for a prolonged period of time with my right leg extended. Well a couple weeks later I had pain in my knee and saw the doctor and he told just to rest and ice it and take Aleve which I did. However since then I have fallen on the same knee twice in my living room. Both times landing on my right knee on carpeting and it still hurts. I also have a small red sore on the lower right side of my knee and when I touch the area it feels kind of numb.

Comment from: Geva, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I have had chronic knee pain for 18 years. I've had 5 knee surgeries. Doctor say there is nothing than can be done for it. I've tried pain management years ago and the things done in the name of medical science were barbaric. I have chrondomalacia plus patellafemoral syndrome. Some doctors even say that chronic pain is not a disability. I'm not eligible yet so they say for a knee replacement as I don't have that much arthritis in my knee.

Comment from: rita, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 11

I suffered knee pain because I always used to curl up and sit on my leg!! To watch the TV. I did this one time and on getting up I felt a piercing pain in my knee as I straightened my leg! It is swollen and agony and several times I almost reached the point of no return to get medical advice!! Then I finally did this and had an x-ray. No bone probs. Physio. By the time my appointment came, another six weeks later! My knee was less painful but a bit 'fluidy' and not feeling ground impact too well. Physio!! That jolted me back a couple of months! Dreadful pain! Now, another six weeks later, physio appointment cancelled Pain almost non-existent!! Great! Life is worth living again!

Comment from: shaylady, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 26

I just went to the doctor, to find out that the pain in my left knee was patela tenditnits and I received a cortisteriod shots. I hope this works because it has caused a lot of pain and I can't walk right now without severe pain.

Comment from: Sajid , 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 12

Mild osteoarthritis changes in left knee. And I have severe pain in my knee. I am not able to walk properly.

Comment from: nikki, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 21

I fell on to a bricked sidewalk whilst walking briskly - went down right knee first. Very painful fall. Later diagnosed as a bruised bone. This some 4 years ago - still get woken up with pain inside the knee - rather like worms crawling about!

Comment from: hershysmama, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 21

I have pain due to overuse and the type of job that I was on. I have had treatments of Supartz, torn meniscus surgeries on both knees. I was fine for a few years and all of the sudden, chronic pain, even after cortisone treatments. I can barely walk and don't know what to do now!

Comment from: mary thone, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 03

Arthritis causes me pain on the medial part of the knee.

Comment from: starshine428, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 23

I have severe arthritis in my knee and more recently swelling and pressure.

Comment from: DWD, 45-54 Female Published: May 20

I am a female who just turned 54. About 7 months ago, I started having pain in both knees when I squat on the floor. It hurts in the center, back of the knee. If I do a deep squat, it feels like ligaments pulling in the front of the knee. I don't have any swelling or pain otherwise. I also have a hard time standing from a squatting position.

Comment from: DreamComeTrue, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

I recently started jogging and for some reason it was unapparent to me that this would cause some injury. I am very motivated to lose weight and have no resources for a gym membership at this time. I jogged 5 miles every other day and ride my bicycle up to 14 miles on the days I am not jogging. Unfortunately, my body was not happy with this. I have decided to take it slower. Ice my knees, and do strength exercises for long term knee health.

Comment from: Kacie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 27

I've had numerous falls (the last in Jan 2011), and usually land on the left knee. I now have severe intermittent pain that occurs after walking a short distance. The pain is on the outside lower portion of the left knee and also below the kneecap. I also have psoriatic arthritis and chronic bursitis, so lots of possibilities for the cause! Had an MRI yesterday.

Comment from: andrew, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 20

I have trouble nailing it down. Sometimes it feels like I am kneeling on glass in the lower part of my knee cap. The other pain runs over the top part of my knee cap it is not tender to touch only when pressure is applied to them.

Published: April 13

It pops in and out hurts to go upstairs and downstairs it’s hard for me to get in out of cars and it hurts to drive.

Comment from: kaewall, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 12

My knee became painful after playing soccer. It is not so bad during the day when walking or sitting and even exercising, but is very painful at night when lying down. The pain is on the inside of the knee.

Comment from: Pat, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: February 23

I had knee surgery May 2008 and still continue to have pain and stiffness. I had a full replacement and did all the therapy but continue to have pain daily. I had the other knee done in September 2010 and again I am suffering with daily pain. Both Doctors said my surgery was successful and the knee is in perfect order. I have tried Advil, Celebrex and other medicines and do not wish to take so much medicine.

Comment from: amy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 14

I started having pain in my left knee 2 years ago when I wore a particular pair of shoes. Last year I had fall which aggravated the pain and I cannot squat climb or descend stairs without severe pain.

Comment from: Cricket, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

I fell head on right knee on hardwood floor. Felt immediate pain, needed help getting up. Within an hour right and left side of knee swollen the size of a melon. Elevated, iced next morning swelling mainly on right side. I am assuming it's liquid building up. Now elevated, tightly wrapped (which makes it feel better) and icing.

Comment from: jean, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 25

I fell off of a moving treadmill a few weeks ago I did not realize it was on and was thrown back and took all the weight from the fall on my left knee. I thought it would get better but it now feels extremely painful all around my knee up to my thigh and down to my ankle it is worse in bed and I cannot sleep. I have used ice but cannot take anti-inflammatories. I have not been to a doctor but will have to go soon.