My kneww has been sore for almost a month. Xrays show nothing. It is better than it was but still hurts going downstairs, sitting or standing for a long time. It is much worse when I try to sleep. I wake up several times a night. I have taken Aleve or Advil, used Salon pas patches, ice, and heat. Dr. says see someone who specializes in sports medicine. Any idea why it is worse when I lie down?
It is the front of my knee that hurts. I have gotten to the point where I hardly limp. Last week I went into NYC and walked around. The next day was horrible. But walking was better than the subway--subways have lots of stairs to get in and out.
It sounds like you need an MRI to look at the soft tissues, muscles, and ligaments. I'm not a medical doctor, but have been through enough to know that if the xray doesn't show anything, it might be something other than bone.
I hope you can get into the doctor soon and find relief.
I injured my IT band this summer - I only had pains during the night when pain would shoot from my knee down my leg. The sports med doc figured it out in seconds. I'm not saying it is your injury but I would second the sports med visit.
Three years ago, I injured everything in my knee. When I went to the ER, they did an x-ray, and told me they couldn't find anything.. But I couldn't walk. I went to an orthopedist who told me that I had torn my ACL, strained my MCL, torn the patella tendon, and torn the meniscus. None of that showed on an x-ray.
If it's the kneecap that hurts, it could be your meniscus. Or arthritis.
An x-ray won't show much. You need to see an orthopedic doctor who will probably want an mri. They show so much more. That sounds just like my knee did. I have degenerative arthritis and it ate my cartilage away. They tried a shot of cortisone. That works for some people it didn't for me. I had my knee replaced this summer. It hit me one day that the only pain I was feeling was from my surgery. I was thrilled when I could walk down the stairs without holding onto the rail for dear life and not stepping with both feet on one step. Please see someone else. It is not worth it to go through that much pain.
Glad I read this. Having same kinda problem. Putting weight on it going up and down steps, pivoting,
The pain was unbearable yesterday, today not so bad. There's no rhyme or reason. I have an appt. on the 17th that I tried to move up, but couldn't. I know I already have arthritist but this is a whole new kind of pain. sleeping's tough too.
An X-ray is not going to tell you what you need to know....bones are probably fine.
I have arthritus in my knee and have lost most of the cartridge ....the knee does not like to be fully extended when muscle and/or mimics is injured....laying down takes weight off but extends the knee....try putting pillow under knee so it is bent and supported.
If you are lucky and it is an injury strength training may help. If knee has more damage PT won't take away the pain.