Pain in the knee cap area

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It's the front part of my knee and it feels like around the area of the knee where a doctor will test your reflexes. It comes and goes and it feels like someone stabbing me with needles. It can happen when I'm standing, laying down, and sitting. Any ideas of what this could be? Thanks.
I was wondering if any of you have issues with fragile veins. The other day I was walking and had shooting pain in left knee cap. I looked down and it had a swollen quarter sized lump on my knee cap (picture attached). It was warm to touch and it hurt to bend my knee too much. I thought it could have been an allergic reaction, but neighbor thought it was a blood vessel/vein that might have ruptured/popped (don’t know what the proper terminology is).
Hi I've had a few problems with my knees - 4 arthroscopies over 20 years, ruptured pcl, etc. got a new pain in both knees now - inside of the leg, below the knee cap (more on teh inside of my shine rather than knee). Any ideas? I also have a burning pain in my achilles - had this for about a year - doc reckons tendonitis / bursitis, but cant get rid of it.
I can put all my weight on it now, however it occationally gives off a crack/pop sound when I do. Today, for the first time, I felt a shooting pain from the left side of my knee cap up into my inner thigh. To top it off, I have a bad habbit of rubbing my feet together while I sleep, and I frequently wake up with an inflamed knee, with burning sensations. How long should this puppy take to heal? Should I be worried and go see a doctor? So far I have taken no medications.
This essentially means a softening of the cartilage of the knee cap. The anatomical sources of pain in this area is now considered to be from the richly innervated subchondral bone (bone below the articular cartilage), infrapatellar fat pad, or the medial and lateral retinaculum of the joint. “...certain mechanical conditions may predispose you to a mistracking knee cap. ” Cartilage does not have the same blood supply that bone does.
Symptoms are a dull ache most of the time in the knee cap area.
Osteochondroma or exostosis occurs commonly in the long bones around the major joints like the knee. Take NSAIDs intermittently and apply ice packs and follow up with an orthopedician. Take care!
Has anyone experienced horrible pain in the knee-cap area and down the shin, after knee replacement? Mine burn, sting, numb in areas, have really bad cramps in my calf muscles..usually @ nite, hurts to walk...heck they hurt all the time! I had my surgery 2 1/2 yrs ago. (both knees) My dr. sent me to a pain center. That's not the answer. I want them FIXED! I am currently taking 3600mg.gabapentin daily & celebrex40mg daily. Thanks for your help.
Well needless to say the shin pain in my knee Isn't as bad as it used to be. Now when I'm on the go, I get severe pain in the knee joint area, that stretches from the top of my knee cap and extends down the outside of my knee, it feels like someone kicked me in the back of the leg, and my knee doesn't want to swing/move.
Does there feel like there is any extra heat coming from the knee? Do you see any redness in the area? There are several potential causes of throbbing knee pain (see private message), and it is important to get a medical professional's diagnostic work-up to try to properly figure out the cause so proper treatment can be prescribed.
Hi, I have pain in the tibia of my left leg, which I think is below the knee cap. The pain started when I was 18, after I got an injury during a basketball game. Now I'm 20 and I still feel the pain only when I engage in physical activity. What's wrong with me. Could these by osgood schlatters disease?
hello i am 16 and male in the past week my knee has been hurting when ever i put weight on it it hurts right under the knee cap and i cant stay sitting for too long or both knees start to hurt i have also realised that i can no longer touch my heels to my butt my quads feel very tight when i try please help this has been bothering me for a while now thanks
the pain is at the right side of my right knee, its situated near the fibula, not indicating that my bone is the one hurting, the pain is distinctive as it only hurts in a manner or form of a thread, the pain doesn't take up all of the right part of my knee, its just a thread shape pain that seems to extend from the femur down to the fibula.
Hello, thanks for responding the pain has not gone away and it has been almost three weeks, the area of the pain feels to be a little under my knee cap in front and slightly moving to the left side of the knee cap area. When I bend it and try to put weight the pain is a instant sharp shooting pain and it looks a tiny bit puffy on the left side of the knee cap but I put ice and it don't go down. Had xrays done and I was told by ER dont look bad, should I not listen and get a MRI?
About three days ago I started having severe pain in my knee. In the last day it has localized to a particular spot left of my knee cap and down towards the bottom of my knee cap. It is very painful to bend it very far at all, which makes walking very painful, and it also hurts to bear weight on it. If it twists in any way very sharp pain shoots through it. I used to be a walker, but have not been a regular exercisor for some time.
Hi, How are you? If there was no trauma, this could be due to musculoskeletal causes, an inflammation, infection or underlying bleeding problem. Try to rest and avoid running or any heavy activity at this point. To determine the underlying cause, have this evaluated further by your doctor for proper management. Your medical history and some tests like x-ray will help. Take care and do keep us posted.
This happened a few other times throughout the week, sharp pains when I bent my knee. The sharp pains have stopped but I'm left now with constant pain. My knee cap and area above the knee cap are swollen and stiff. I can't walk well and have a lot of pain when bending the knee, like getting up and down from a chair. Recently my calf started hurting upon walking. At times, the calf hurts more than the knee.
If I will do yoga in the morning then whole day I will get shin pain and knee pain also,mostly below the knee and side of the knee cap.I have a swelling from last 1 year below my knee cap and above the tibia.It is not growing but as usual the with the same size.And the shin area ,mostly side of the tibia area is sore to touch,if by mistake i will bang that area the I will get severe pain .
He says that I should go see one of his associates who is a cancer orthopedic specialist who has operated more often in that challenging area of the knee. Does anybody have experience with surgery in that part of the knee? Thanks in advance for the help.
I started having something very similar a few weeks ago; only difference is my pain is right on the knee cap. I hit my knee on something and it hurt pretty bad for about 5-10 seconds and then I didn't have any pain at all until 3 days later in the middle of the night. It was as if I had hit my knee again and it keeps happening since then. The pain is very severe. It has happened 5-6 times in the last 3 weeks, about 10-15 sec. long, always in the middle of the night.
I went hiking this fall and did approx 12miles in Shenandoah NP, carrying minimal weight, over a half day. Since then, I've had a sharp pain in my left knee, just below my knee cap, but only when straightening my leg after sitting with my legs pulled in, standing for long periods, or sitting in a vehicle for long hours. Rest does not seem to help and to my knowledge, the area around my knee is not swollen or tender to the touch. I haven't taken any falls or landed awkwardly on it.
When I got up the right knee on the right side below the knee cap in was pain. Today when I tried to get from the bathroom and put weight on it was so intensed with the pain. What happen did I pull a tendon or something?
The pain is right below the knee cap on the r.side.The area also turns alittle numb to the touch.Is there something I can do to fix the problem or do I have to see a Orthopedic doctor.
Yesterday while packing boxes and kneeling down, when I stood up there was a sharp pain on the interior side of my right knee. The pain did not go away and radiated in a more or less straight line. The line is up and down about 1/2" inch to the inside of my knee cap. I stopped packing and elevated the knee. No pain when at rest, no pain to put weight on. Slow movement no problem. Pain only when weight and bending. No bruising or noticeable swelling.
If the pain has been going on this long, maybe a fractured knee cap if the pain is at the cap area.
Often times over the last 10 years when I kneel on my left knee the next day I get a pain on the insde front of my knee. In the joint area to the right of my left knee cap. To date anti inflammatories for a couple of days resolved the problem. The pain was never associated with piont tender spot nor any inflamation that I could detect. 4 weeks ago I was boating and had to kneel to fix an issue. I did not put anything soft under my knee and it has been irritated since.
My right knee was causing much pain on the outside area, and when I would walk it felt like my knee would try to slip out of joint. Like the outter area of my knee was pulling it out. I went and saw a specialist, they took an x-ray and didn't see any damage. He moved my leg around in every motion possible and said I more than likely tore my meniscus again on the outside and that is why it is giving out.
I am just wondering how long it could take for a quad muscle to heal from a direct blow but with no bruising and if the weakness in the VMO muscle could cause my knee to pop and IT band to snap at times and cause pain in my pes anserine bursa. I did see a orthopedic who said he is not sure. X-rays were negative but I have a high deductable insurance so I am trying not to get an MRI.
I had only started jogging for about 100metres when I felt this sharp pain in front of my knee around my knee cap area on both sides. I thought nothing of it and continued another hundred or two meters but the pain didn't go away. It is not very severe (about 4~5 on 1-10scale) but I'm worried because I have never had such pain before. I'm worried it might be something serious and it would prevent me from doing sports in the future. Please advise on whether I should go see a doctor immediately.
Although the pain doesn't show up when I poke or touch my knee, I can duplicate the pain when my knee is slightly bent and I press below the knee cap and rub to the painward side while still pressing. I almost thought it was a chipped bone at first, but now (because of the above) I think it is a collection of fluid and the pain is from the fluid trying to migrate to an area of muscle or tissue that doesn't want to separate. Some of you may be aware of how powerful hydraulic pressure can be.
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