Patient Comments: Knee Pain - Causes

What was the cause of your knee pain?

A Doctor's View on Knee Pain Causes

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Knee pain causes vary widely. Acute injury (sprains, strains, tears in ligaments or cartilage, kneecap dislocation, bone fracture) or a more serious condition (arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, infection, tendonitis, bursitis, and more) may cause knee pain. Read the entire Doctor's View

Comment from: Rusty4474, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: December 12

I have had a total knee replacement a couple of years back with no problems. Now I have tremendous pain on the lateral area when I try to walk. I just had a three phase bone scan and waiting for results. No doctor appt for nearly three weeks. I absolutely cannot walk and feel something needs to be done. The other knee which is natural is fine. Any ideas on what is happening.

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Comment from: ThereseInAZ, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 01

When I was 12 years old my right knee cap was almost shattered by a baseball bat. I was in the hospital for two weeks and the doctors wanted to fuse my knee cap (stiff leg). My parents wouldn't hear of it. I am 55 now and have had orthoscopic surgery, suffer from severe knee swelling, popping, grinding, unbearable pain and now walk with a noticeable limp (my knee can't bear my weight). Physicians have warned about arthritis and the probable knee cap replacement in ten years (that was fifteen years ago). However, knee cap replacement is expensive, painful and has no guarantee's it will work. I guess I am headed for the remainder of my life as a handicap.

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Comment from: Mitta Ma, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

After crawling around on the floor for a few hours cutting out curtains, the pain was in both knees. I have had the right knee replaced and the left knee is more painful than the right one ever was. I have had the x rays, but suffered such pain, they had to take them many times as I was shaking, standing and lying down that the technician had to be really quick. Nothing kills the pain. The patches might as well be stuck on the dog. The heaviest pain killers do nothing. I am forced to splint the left knee and bandage the right for pain relief when in bed. Not a good look for anyone except burglars. They know I can't chase them.

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Comment from: Mila, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I have been a diabetic for more than 25 years and I have been having kneecap pain past 5 years.

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Comment from: Ray, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 30

I used to do a lot of running but after having a heart problem I had to give it up. After 8 years I started running again and have been for over year now and have just lately developed a knee pain. The pain is in thr front of the knee just below the cap and stretches round to the back. I can still go running with very little effect but if I am walking I would have more pain. I am 70 next birthday.

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Comment from: JayJay, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I noticed this about three weeks ago while kneeling. My right knee feels like I am kneeling on a stone and it's painful. It doesn't bother me other than when I get down on that knee for one reason or another. I did not fall and injure the knee – just noticed it one day while wiping up a spill on the floor. It does not affect my walking. There is a slight "burning" as part of the pain.

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Comment from: bcsliving2306, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 25

I had a partial patellectomy in November of 2011. In May of 2012, I went under for a manipulation after little success in PT. I continued with PT until Aug 2012, when insurance no longer approved the care, stating that I was well enough to continue my therapy on my own at home. Since that time, I have continued my exercises religiously. However, in the last few days I've had terrible pressure and tension behind my knee. I have used ice and anti-inflammatories with no success. I have an appointment to see my orthopedic surgeon next week, but in the meantime I feel awful.

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Comment from: raincoat, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 22

My almost 2-year-old grandson likes to have a ride on my feet while I am sitting, so I bounce him up and down. I should know better. Now I have pain in the lateral part of my knee and behind my knee. I don't have any actual swelling or redness, but is painful at night and after sitting. I'm using ice, taking acetaminophen, as I am unable to tolerate NSAIDs.

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