45 year old dad here. 2 nights ago. I was at a dinner and I find myself taking to someone who is sitting down as I was standing up. So, instead of being a normal person and sitting down with them, I proceeded to squat like a catcher as I was talking with her.
I stood up about 10 minutes later to realize my left knee was a little bit sore. It felt as though my knee ligaments were stretched out a bit, but there was no pain. I forgot about this until the next morning when I awoke to a little soreness. Again, I had no worries until I squatted down to pickup something on the floor for my son. I heard a crunch and intense pain. A minute later, the pain subsided and I went to a breakfast event. Over the next 2 hours, the pain progressively got worse....until the point where I went home and could get no relief in any position.
The pain was intense right behind the knee and deep as well. The pain would radiate down my calf and to the top of my foot. It would also radiate up my hamstring as well. I hopped in the car and headed to the ER. When I got there, I exited my car and the pain briefly subsided. This scared me and made me think that I could possibly have a blood clot instead of a knee issue. I am a heart patient, so that is why I thought of that.
In the ER, they decided to give me a vascular ultrasound which only shows soft tissues...veins, arteries etc. at this point at the ER, my pain was soreness that would radiate to the areas stated above. The pain was not sharp. It was dull and would intensify from a 3-8. I have a high pain tolerence.
The ultrasound came back as normal...which was great. However, I left the ER with steroids, pain meds, and a referral to an Orthopedic Dr. I didn't get an x-ray or CT. I also have a referral to top notch specialist in downtown Chicago.
So, until I am able to see him, I am stuck at home standing up basically. I can't sit or lay down as the pain grts worse...back of the knee, calf and top of foot. So, I can't sleep standing up.lol.
I'm hoping and expert or member can tell me what this sounds like. And, should I wait days (probably) to see the Dr. or press an ER to give me a CT or MRI...which I probably need anyways? As of now, I am just standing (and sitting when I can) in considerable pain. I am taking steroids for the mild swelling, vicdin for the pain(does nothing) and icing on occasion. Help please and thanks for reading!