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Offline Flatscan

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Sharp knee pain
« on: January 23, 2004, 11:26:58 PM »
Hi first time post, so bare with me. hehe

Last few months i've been having a really sharp pain in my right knee just below the cap.  It's not an ache or throb, but more like bone on bone, sometimes almost bad enough to cause me knee to give out.  It doesn't continue, meaning if i stop moving my knee it stops right away.  It will usually hurt each step for several steps.  I find limping a little helps till it stops.

It just kind of started out of the blue, and is rather random.  When stationairy there is no pain at all, weather sitting, standing or laying down.  there's no swelling ever, and no brusing.  While walking, it will randomly occure, same with going up or down stairs.  No movement inpiticular causes it more then any other.

I don't play any sports, carry or move heavy objects or run.  Just your basic walking and climing stairs, no other stresses.  When i was young, i had lots of growing pains in my knees, something about cartalage, but those stopped ages ago.

Any ideas would be great.  I've been taking it easy, ridding the elevator rather then taking the stairs, and walking slower, but it doesn't seem to be making any diffrence.

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Re: Sharp knee pain
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2004, 01:00:50 AM »
Flatscan-

First f all I would just like to welcome you to the board!!!  You will be able to uncover a tons of info here.

I really don't have any idea what the problem could be, but I would strangly recommend that you see an Orthopedic Surgeon who has experience with knee issues.  They would be able to give you specific answers to your questions and get you headed in the right direction.

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Re: Sharp knee pain
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2004, 01:37:03 AM »
Hello Flatscan,

I have similar problem with sharp pain that starting off when I was running but become worse so do not ignore the pain as I did and can no longer run. Not saying this will happen as everyone knees react in different ways, but as Heather G said see a good OS.

My OS recommends to take Glucosamine Chondroitin Tablets daily that basically lubricates your joints and suppose to help put less strain on articular cartilage that can lead to osteo-arthritus. Have just started taking them but not sure it will help me, worth giving it a try as it has helped Members on this board and it is herbal.

Can buy it from you local Health Food Shop such as Holland & Barratt in UK. Or a website that I  buy my tablets from, that got a sale on at the moment.

www.healthspan.co.uk

http://www.healthspan.co.uk/shop/product.aspx?id=GL5+ (This is the product I am using)

Sorry I cannot help you any further maybe other members will give advise, Nick  :){2004}:)
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Re: Sharp knee pain
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2004, 10:20:16 PM »
Hey !!

Welcome to us with the knees !! I agree you should go visit a doc an orthopeadic surgeon specialized on knees.
For me it sounds like if you go or stand in a certain position the painproblems are there. There mustn't be any bigger problem but as you say it won't go away no matter what you do. So the best thing is to head away straight to a doc and get a right answer.
Let us know how you're doing.

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Re: Sharp knee pain
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2004, 07:09:25 PM »
Hey Flatscan:
First of all, welcome to the boards!  As for your situation, you don't say how old you are, but your description of the pain as "bone on bone" makes me wonder whether it's arthritis-related or at the very least something to do with articular cartiledge.  It sounds as though the normal cushioning (cartiledge or bursa) that's supposed to lay between the bones of your leg (femur and tibia) has eroded or torn or broken down in some way.  This can come through the normal course of aging or through an injury, which you may not even realize has occurred - for instance, you may have stepped off of a curb in just the wrong way and torn the cartiledge.  Anyway, I absolutely agree with Heather G, Nick and Nettan that the first thing you must do is see a good OS and have some diagnostic testing done to sort this out.  Sharp pain, even intermittantly, is NOT NORMAL.  So check it out and let us know what's up.
Hope it turns out to be just a little something, and easily managed!  Best of luck!!!
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Re: Sharp knee pain
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2004, 07:41:06 PM »
Thanx for the welcome and advice guys (and/or gals  ;D).  I new i forgot something, i'm only 29 so it better not be arthirtis yet.  I walk a brisk walk every day to and from work, which is about half hour either way, so it gets used.  I don't eat the best (unless it's taste we're talkin hehe) but i do tend to take a multivitiman.

I have noticed since i saw some of the sugestions, that in the bent position, if i press on the top of the fermer in just the right way,  that i feel, not so much pain, but like pressing a small bruse.  Also squating i find i need to be carefull cause that can hurt.

I don't like walkin clinics, cause most of them don't stop to listen in my experiance, they just fill a priscription and out the door with you.  Pretty much how i ended up here, i usually find out more online then i do with a checkup. hehe  I'll have to look around my area for a recomended OS tho, i have a long life to go still, so i'll need my knees a little longer.  ;)

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Re: Sharp knee pain
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2004, 08:55:37 PM »
I just wanted to let you know that my knee troubles started the exact way that you are describing. ( Sharp pain here and there.  Tenderness in the joint line when knee was bent.  Squatting was a problem.)  It eventually got worse and began to catch and lock.  It wound up being a articular cartilage defect.
I'm not saying that this is your problem but it just sound so familiar that it is kind of spooky.  You definately should get it checked out.  Good luck.  
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Re: Sharp knee pain
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2004, 09:08:17 PM »
Yeah, i definatly will, expically since i had problems with cartalage in the knees as a teen.  

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Re: Sharp knee pain
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2004, 04:35:10 PM »
Hi there!

You sound a though you have the same problem as myself.  I am 32 and for the last 8 years have had a very painful sharp stabbing pain in the middle of my knee cap.  It only hurts when going up and down the stairs or if I bend my knee very slightly.  It seems as though it is catching on something. I have had an arthroscopy investigation surgery and LR done 8 years ago and the pain is still there.   I have recently had MRI scans which shows wear and tear of the knee and nobody seems to know what to do next?  I am being told now that the tracking of my knee goes off only very slightly to the outside and is something that I have been born with!   So I have no idea what to do now, the surgeon just keeps telling me to do more exercises!

All the best KT,
PS. Let me know how you get on.  Good Luck.


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Re: Sharp knee pain
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2004, 07:01:07 PM »
I'm doing  better thanx.  I must have pulled some tendons or something cause it seems to be getting better since i stopped taking the stairs, and slowed my walking.  I'm considering picking up a tension bandage for a little extra support on it till it does heal.  I know they can take a while.

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Re: Sharp knee pain
« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2004, 05:13:11 PM »
hey it sounds like the same thing as is happening to me! is that an echo? i had a crash a few years ago when i was 16. Mmmm yeah quite a while ago, im 34 now. anyway one of the injuries was a compond fracture on my right tibia lost 1/4 inch of bone out of that little baby. when they put it back together it was bowed a bit but under the circumstances it was a good job. so after a few years i started gettin pain under the patella. only now and again. then more regularly. same symtoms unpredictable pain under the knee cap. up and down three squats maybe pain from one! weird. going up stairs gettin in and out of low cars. gp says nothing wrong!!! more months and years go by at this stage snowboarding was becomeing predictably painful. went back to gp still nothing wrong. went to see knee specialist privately. said it was bad tracking and he could sort it out with keyhole got patella scraped much the same though. went to see physio taped it up showed me some excises really worked. but that was on holiday so didnt see him again. but you got to see physio as well if not first. my knee specialist is the top man in the region! but he never said anything about physio or strengthening the quads he thought surgery was the only answer. but i have learned its not. keeping the muscles toned on the leg is essential to the knee improvement. i think im waffleing on a bit. im terrible at getting to the point :-[ but see a physio i have bad tracking and i believe if i had had physio and knowledge a few years ago i could have avoided this. like alot of people i wish i had of found this site along time ago. but its never to late to do the right thing(for yourself in this case). research this site get familiar with your condition, so when you do see a doc or physio you can understand and be understood when it comes to relating your condition. i think the way forward is muscle tone!!!
best of luck. hope you didnt cut your wrists reading this ::)
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