Main Article on Knee Pain Question: Tell us about your experience with knee pain. Submit Your Comment Comment from: Kimberly a, 35-44 (Patient) Published: August 18 I can barely walk because of knee pain. I cleaned out my carport today, picked a lot of stuff up, and all the sudden it started hurting, and got worse and worse. I don’t know what to do but it’s throbbing. I can’t get comfortable and my pain level is 8-9. Comment from: Sweet, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 10 On November 12, 2019 I slipped and fell at work, and I heard a pop when I hit the ground. My knee got swollen up and it makes like a popping sound. All the doctors told me that it is just a contusion and that I will be fine. But I don’t know why my knee is still swollen and the inner side of my knee hurts and above it hurts too. It hurts to be on my right knee for 8 hours and I work at the hospital. Comment from: Susan, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 24 I was walking and pain came down the front of my leg to my knee. I have had pain for two weeks. Just when I think the pain is starting to go, I wake up the next day in pain and back to pain all day again. Comment from: Jrich, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 28 After being on vacation and feeling wonderful and pain free I began having knee pain. Within 48 hours I couldn’t put any pressure on the knee and had to use a cane just to make it from room to room. I saw a doctor who ordered x-rays and diagnosed arthritis. I used an anti-inflammatory ointment, took a course of prednisone, and began physical therapy. Pain is almost completely gone after 2 weeks. My doctor now believes it may have been bursitis because I healed so quickly. Comment from: Irene, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 16 I didn’t do anything but when I awoke and went to walk my knee feels like I twisted it, and I have severe pain. It’s a bit swollen and the top of my foot feels tingly. Comment from: Barbara, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 01 I went to bed and my knees were hurting bad. I woke and I couldn't stand on my left knee. I wonder if this could be from my lower back. The cause of my knee pain is, 5 days ago I went to the watermelon patch and I was bending over for 2 hours picking watermelon. My knee began to feel tight. While leaving, I felt I could not straighten it because of tightness, and it continued. Comment from: Jayne, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 22 About 18 months ago I fell down a hole in a field whilst walking my dogs. That one fall has completely distorted who and what I am. After being off work for 8 months I handed in my resignation, I thought I had injured my back but it turned out that the fall had contributed to a knee problem. It had caused my kneecaps to slip out of its groove which resulted in my kneecap hitting the femur and causing horrific pain. I have pain relief patches but they only slightly relieve the pain. I haven’t slept for a continued 6/7 hours for 2 years. I’m physically and mentally drained but no one seems to help. Comment from: Wilbur78, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 14 I had a sudden onset of intense pain in my left knee 2 weeks ago and have not been able to bear weight since. I’ve had an x-ray and there is no bone injury. I’m awaiting MRI results. I’m not able to walk without crutches as the pain is unbearable. It feels like everything behind my kneecap is unstable. I am also feeling a clicking sensation at the top of the knee. Comment from: Mindy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 01 I am a 44 year old endurance athlete. I have been a long distance runner since age 13 turned triathlete in my late 30s. I completed my first ironman in October 2017. In January I began having right knee pain. I am now at a point where I cannot run, bike, spin or walk for exercise, outside of walking for daily needs. X-rays, bone scan, and MRI do not explain this horrible pain. Knee looks good. I have gotten blood work ruling out any medical inflammatory response. I am completing acupuncture, massage therapy and using chiropractor assistance. No relief yet. I am a physiotherapist by career and have been self-treating for the past 4 months. I am very depressed and feeling hopeless. Comment from: Joy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 27 Three weeks ago I was walking up the steps at work and I was carrying a bucket of ice like I always do (dumbwaiter has been broken for 14 years). As I was ascending up the stairs I quickly got a pain from behind my left knee like a knife stabbing pain, and ever since it’s been worse. I went to doctors, chiropractor, trigger point doctor, and the emergency room. I got a cortisone shot, etc., but nothing helped, I wonder what it is. QUESTION Medically speaking, the term "myalgia" refers to what type of pain? See Answer Comment from: Gunner, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 27 I started out with what seemed to be a meniscus tear. The pain was gone in 2 weeks. Since then my knee locked up. I saw my doctor and she sent me to MRI and then an orthopedic surgeon. He also did ultrasound. He said he wished he had knee as good as mine at 67, and he gave me a cortisone shot which didn't work. I went back to my doctor and she sent me to the emergency room (ER), second trip, and I got loaded up with morphine. I began three week physiotherapy, which was no help and the knee pain got worse. Then my other leg started with the same pain and during the 6 weeks in bed my feet began to hurt, which was arthritis. I can't get out of bed and am on huge morphine and Advil intake. I would go to ER, but after the third time and more morphine I gave up on them. I am at a loss. Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 14 I am 45 years old. I worked as a certified nurse assistant for 20 something years. In August 2016 my left knee began to bother me and just became worse and worse. I could not walk on it. I saw my primary care physician and had an x-ray done. It showed mild arthritis and a meniscus tear. They sent me to an orthopedic doctor for injection to the knee, ouch! But I started physical therapy (PT). The shot didn't help. Before this I enrolled in the bariatric program, yes, I am overweight and for people to stop nagging me to death. So 4 weeks of PT and I have never cried so much from the pain! I was denied MRI so 4 more weeks of PT and pain! Finally I was approved for MRI and a couple hours later the doctors called me with the results. I have a meniscus tear and progressive arthritis, and it has eroded the cartilage and tissues so I'm bone on bone. He kindly told me I need professional help with weight loss and conversions. So I lost my job and lost my health care coverage. But my leg has got worse. The muscle pain is horrible, it is stiff and I can’t move my leg like I should. I use crutches. I am going to a new PT facility with a pool which is awesome, and that helps a lot. I am on a narcotic for the pain. I lost 17 lb so far waiting for surgery date for bariatric surgery. And I am seeing a new orthopedic doctor. Comment from: Linda, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 20 I am 61 and have struggled with arthritis for about 6 years, some bad and some not. I'm trying to figure out what's been going on for about 3 months now. In November 2016 I went and had x-rays, and the provider couldn't see anything but gave me a shot in my knee area. This worked for a couple of months with little pain. Now it is back with a vengeance, really bad now I can hardly walk, most times. My remedies have been rest, elevating my leg and ibuprofen. And when it is not bad, walk gently. Right now I'm getting sharp shooting pain in my knee down to my side bone towards my calf inner side on my left leg. Comment from: Silver, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 20 I had a bad jolt to knee. It hurts most when sitting in restaurant or meeting with knee folded or legs crossed. I have to lift leg flat or stand up. I am an active golfer. The bad jolt was two months ago. Since pain restarted, sitting yesterday was quite painful. Comment from: judyb, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 20 About a month ago I went on a 3 day trip, on the last day I noticed when I would get out of the van the back of my right knee was painful. I thought it was just from sitting so much. This went on for a week or so, getting worse then better. Now the pain is in the front of the right knee to the inside of the knee cap area. Every time I step and put weight on that leg my knee hurts. The only injury that I can remember was about 9 months ago when I twisted my right ankle and fell to that side. I still have swelling in the right ankle resulting from that fall. Comment from: Kat, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 21 I had a bad fall on both knees almost 3 weeks ago. My left knee instantly swelled and bruised. Bruising was almost gone this morning and when I knelt on the tub to wash my hair a darker bruise instantly appeared to the side where the swelling was before. Comment from: Prof.Naeem U., 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 18 I have the knee problem for the last two years. Eminent rheumatologists and orthopedic surgeons in have been consulted. They prescribed pain killer and analgesic but no relief has been found till now. Even weight has been reduced but no relief from pain has been found. Comment from: monsoon, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 29 My knee pain increases when pressure is increased. Sound of bones can be heard when knees are folded. Cartilages are reducing. Comment from: waynef51, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 08 My knee pain effects either knee and only last for four or five minutes. The odd thing is it may happen twice a day or just maybe twice a week. The main thing is that the pain is pretty strong and it feels like my knee could give out. SLIDESHOW Slideshow: Exercises for Knee Osteoarthritis and Joint Pain See Slideshow Comment from: grace mongomery, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 06 I fell down a couple of years ago, right on top of a drain hole. I went down very hard and now I'm suffering knee pain.