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Offline goaliegrrl

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Posterolateral pain/swelling?
« on: June 14, 2018, 02:54:35 AM »
Ok. So. It all started in September 2016.

I was camping at a weekend music festival. While waiting in line to order food, I pivoted to talk to my wife and felt a small painless pop in my left knee. I pivoted back and forth a few times to see if it would happen again, and it happened each time. No pain, so I didn't give it much thought. We got our food, sat down, ate, visited, and walked maybe a quarter mile back to the tent. I knelt down to get something out of the cooler...

...and felt a tearing pain in the same knee that made me gasp! I stood back up and walked around a little to test it; no instability. It only hurt when kneeling. But somewhere IN the joint, not like housemaid's knee. It swelled a little that day, and it wasn't fond of being bent for long periods (I had to keep it straight during the concerts). That night, I fell asleep with it bent, and in the morning it had swelled enough that i couldn't straighten it for most of the morning. It still hurt to kneel, but I could walk on it ok.

The general swelling and stiffness, and the pain when kneeling, got better over the next few weeks. However, I then developed what I think is a Baker's cyst (can that happen posterolaterally?), and I still have pain in the posterolateral corner of the knee. It hurts to walk on uneven ground (walking the dog, for instance) - it almost feels like that part of my knee is sagging? Like a corner of a foundation? And what I think is the cyst always swells after walks like that.

I'm 39, female,  and I play goalie for a local women's rec ice hockey team. Oddly, hockey doesn't bother my knee at all - most of my movements are lateral, and off-ice lateral movements don't hurt either. I have a sneaking suspicion that I may have torn the posterior horn of my lateral meniscus. But my symptoms and their location...well...the interwebs haven't been very helpful. Am I a unicorn? Has anyone else experienced this kind of pain?


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Re: Posterolateral pain/swelling?
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2018, 10:42:24 AM »
Sounds like you need to see a knee specialist for examination, potentially a scan. I'd also be suspicious of meniscus, aged 39 the tissue has potentially started to degenerate and thus no great trauma would be needed for a tear

Don’t try to self diagnose from the Internet. See a trained professional, get a diagnosis, then come back for advice on management :)
« Last Edit: June 14, 2018, 11:05:48 AM by Vickster »
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