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Offline Louisamith

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Why are my knees red and inflamed ?
« on: October 24, 2021, 09:44:13 PM »
My knees get red, hot, and inflamed in the evenings and after sitting down. They are also sore and get random stabbing pains throughout. They also make a creaking sound/feeling like an old pirate/sailing ship!  I can feel the 'vibrations' when I put my hand over my knee.

Is it PFPS or chondromalacia or Osteoarthritis?

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Re: Why are my knees red and inflamed ?
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2021, 08:47:52 AM »
Anybody ?

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Re: Why are my knees red and inflamed ?
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2021, 12:46:27 PM »
Whatís the history with your knees? Any history of injury? Surgery? Are you an athlete or very active in terms of impact activity like running? Are you on your feet all day? Other health conditions? How old are you?

Chondromalacia just means the cartilage is soft, itís not a condition in itself, but a symptom of wear.
Could be synovitis, inflammation in the joint, one of several potential symptoms of PFPS.
Might find some info here https://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEnotes/primers/patella

Have you consulted a medical professional? GP? Knee specialist? Rheumatologist? Physio?

What treatments or management have you tried? Rest? Ice? anti inflammatory medications? Does anything help?
« Last Edit: October 28, 2021, 02:47:21 PM by vickster »
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Re: Why are my knees red and inflamed ?
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2021, 05:50:05 PM »
My knees get red, hot, and inflamed in the evenings and after sitting down. They are also sore and get random stabbing pains throughout. They also make a creaking sound/feeling like an old pirate/sailing ship!  I can feel the 'vibrations' when I put my hand over my knee.

Is it PFPS or chondromalacia or Osteoarthritis?

I have similar symptoms, and I am diagnosed with patellofemoral arthritis. But as said, it could be synovitis, inflammation in the joint, for other reasons. Try to ice the knee in the morning and evening, it helps. And consult a knee specialist if you haven't done so yet. 
RK sharp pain while running, diagnosis chondromalacia patellae 6/09
RK arthroscopic chondroplasty 9/09
RK rehab, recovery, 90% normal, started running again -> back to square one 5/15
RK diagnosis patellofemoral arthritis + LK diagnosis chondromalacia patellae 8/15 -> conservative treatment

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Re: Why are my knees red and inflamed ?
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2021, 09:42:00 PM »
Thanks Vickster, I dislocated my right knee 5 years ago playing lacrosse. I would say Iím quite active , used to enjoy running and waking prior to this. I am on my feet all day at work as I work in a cafe.

I am 25, and no other health conditions. I have contacted both a GP and physio who said rest and see what happens - which Iíve done but the inflammation redness and creaking is just getting worse.

Iíve helps but Iím hesitant to take anti inflammatories

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Re: Why are my knees red and inflamed ?
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2021, 09:42:19 PM »
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Re: Why are my knees red and inflamed ?
« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2021, 09:56:36 PM »
If youíve rested fully for at least a month (or as best you can given your job), go back to the Dr and request blood tests and a referral to a specialist (orthopaedics or rheumatology)

Make sure youíre wearing good supportive footwear for work and sit down as much as you can during the day.

Try a topical anti inflammatory along with the ice if you canít take anti inflammatories (if the doctor does prescribe you NSAIDs ask for a PPI like omeprazole to protect your stomach and always take with a full meal)

Good luck :)
Came off bike onto concrete 9/9/09 (lat meniscus, lat condyle defect)
LK scopes 8/2/10 & 16/12/10
RK scope 5/2/15 (menisectomy, Hoffaís fat pad trim)
LK scope 10.1.19 medial meniscectomy, trochlea MFX
LK scope 19.4.21 MFX to both condyles & trochlea, patella cartilage shaved, viscoseal, depo-medrone















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