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20-years-old with Sudden Severe Knee Pain Help!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 3, 2008
  • 02:02 AM

I woke up one morning 3 and a half weeks ago with severe pain on the inside of my left knee. I have flat feet that I try to change, and sometimes I'll have very mild pain in both knees and ankles if I wear flat shoes for too long, but this is much different. The pain has not gone away since that morning, and has only gotten worse since. I cannot bend it past a certain point without feeling severe pain, and when i force it to bend, there is something inside that pops or snaps, and with it excruciating pain. If I sit for too long during the day my whole leg surrounding the knee becomes stiff and painful, and during the night I've been waking up several times with pain and stiffness.

Again, I'm 20-years-old, so arthritis and many other age-related possibilities that have been presented to me just don't work. In the days leading up to the morning I first felt the pain, I did not experience any injury or trauma, nor was I intoxicated in any way. I did sit on a bus for 7 hours with a 1-hour break in the middle, but I do this fairly often, once every 3 months or so, at varying lengths, and have never had this happen as a result.

Thank you if you can help!

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  • If it hurts, get it looked at. You may have torn a ligament.
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • December 4, 2008
    • 09:00 PM
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  • I REALLY wish someone knew what this was!! I have the SAME problem!!! I thought it was just stiff knee at first but it has been going on for about a month now. I do alot of work on my computer and quite often sit on my foot....when you bend your leg and sit on your ankle/foot so to speak...I noticed some pain then but it got worse over the next 3 days or so. I cannot do squats AT ALL!! I cannot bend my knee past about 100 degrees without pain. If I try to force it, the pain is excruciating!! PLEASE if anyone knows what this is, Please help. p.s.....it isnt a torn maniscus. I dont have problems with walking or instability...just bending
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 11, 2009
    • 04:04 PM
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  • i don't know if this is something different, but the other night i woke up unable to straighten out my right leg. i had fallen asleep with my leg slightly bent, and when i tried to straighten my leg i could not and the pain was excruciating. i literally was unable to move my leg! this has happened a few times to me, and it is not from any previous injury. eventually i am able to work through the paid and, once i finally straighten the leg, it goes away. it never happens during the day - only when i go to sleep. anyone have any idea what this is?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 19, 2009
    • 04:04 AM
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  • i don't know if this is something different, but the other night i woke up unable to straighten out my right leg. i had fallen asleep with my leg slightly bent, and when i tried to straighten my leg i could not and the pain was excruciating. i literally was unable to move my leg! this has happened a few times to me, and it is not from any previous injury. eventually i am able to work through the paid and, once i finally straighten the leg, it goes away. it never happens during the day - only when i go to sleep. anyone have any idea what this is?This has also happend to me. i woke in middle of the nigh with leg bent in a right angle, had slight pain, but when i woke in the morning my right knee had some pain and it got alot worse threw out the day. Able to walk on it but have lot of pain, has happend before and took a week to get better. Not sure what happend.
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  • I'm 21 years old and I have lateral syndrom. It just means the tendons are too tight. I wake up several times a night with horrible pain. It might not be your problem but you should get checked
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 28, 2010
    • 10:17 AM
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  • If it's the inside of the knee it could well be a number of things. My first thought would be the lateral ligament? I'm 27years old, and have had a knee problem since I was 17 years old. Initially I developed a diease called Osgood-Schlatter, but when I was 17years old, I ruptured the anterior cruciate and lateral ligaments, as well as the menscius cartlidge whilst dislocating the knee in a injury. Since this time I have had 5 operations to try and correct the problem, but continue to be in what I perseive chronic pain a daily basis. I take painkillers daily, 120mg Dihydrocodeine twice a day, as well taking a further 30mg Dihydrocodeine twice a day when needed, which is pretty much everyday! I've been taking these painkiller for approximately 5years and would be the first to admit that I'm dependant upon them, because they do give me a certain level of relief. While the operations were necessary, I wouldn't say that they were successful and possibly have caused more damage than good to the joint because of all the work they have done. "At no fault of the surgeons" I was told, "you have now developed severe tendonitis in the knee, and your leg has infact shortened which is placing pressure on your hip which is abnormally shallow anyway" Great! But nothing can be done for awhile due to the amount of surgery I have had in a short space of time.My advice is this; Don't delay and get it checked out before it becomes too painful or before you do further damage. Also, be careful what medications you take and for how long you take themm. If they are Opiate based then be extra mindful of just how powerful they are psychologically as well as physically. Pain of any sort, is exremely debilitating and gets you down as I speak from personal experience even now as I'm typing this.All the best and good luck
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  • i don't know if this is something different, but the other night i woke up unable to straighten out my right leg. i had fallen asleep with my leg slightly bent, and when i tried to straighten my leg i could not and the pain was excruciating. i literally was unable to move my leg! this has happened a few times to me, and it is not from any previous injury. eventually i am able to work through the paid and, once i finally straighten the leg, it goes away. it never happens during the day - only when i go to sleep. anyone have any idea what this is?This is EXACTLY what started happening to me during the past month or so! I've woken up now 2 times with my leg slightly bent and have been in excruciating pain! Feels like someone is twisting a knife into my knee cap from the side of it. If i even try and move my leg an inch the pain gets immediately worse. The pain will also radiate a bit down and up my leg as well. I'm quite familiar with nerve pain as I suffer from chronic nerve and bone pain in my back. This radiating pain is NOT the same as the nerve pain that I am familiar with. This feels more like bone pain. I've described it to people as being like a charley horse in my tendon.I started going to the gym 4 - 5 days a week several months ago and upped my elliptical cardio routine quite a bit. Wondering if doing this has something to do with the knee pain? I've also had issues with my knees and ankles hurting really bad too over the past month or so, which has limited my elliptical work. i live with a nurse practitioner and she put me on a higher dose of calcium, fish oil, and has me taking glucosimine and chondroitin. So far this hasn't helped. Any ideas? (I can't afford to go and get an MRI or see an ortho so I'm hoping someone else has an idea.)thanks...I'll check back to see if anyone has responded
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  • The...same....thing...happened....to.....me!!!!And....it....came....just....from....a....nap!!!(sorry...my...spacebar....is....broken)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 10, 2011
    • 00:04 AM
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  • I'm not sure if this is the same thing . It involves the inside of the right knee ( medial ) . The pain is such that I can't really walk on it , I hobble . I go to bed with no pain and then I wake up and its there . It has happened three times and lasts a few weeks each time . NSAID's ( 800 mg ibuprofen ) helps some. The location is associated with the treadmill run that I took the day a after being fit for an orthotic in my right shoe ( needed due to a painful calcification in my right toe ) . I went to the ortho back then ( two years ago ) and he said basically , meh , it does not need surgery . I can palpate the point of pain exactly on the bony feature on the medial knee surface .
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 11, 2011
    • 02:52 PM
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  • Bah just had the same thing! Woke up 4am with terrible pain in the left area of my right knee. The pain was so bad I was dreaming about it. The only relief was keeping my knee in the bent position. It must be some type of cramp as it slowly went away after a few mins of stretching. Maybe we had the knee bent poorly in bed and stretched the side tendon?
    Cloudy 3 Replies
    • January 2, 2013
    • 08:06 PM
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  • Hello I am 22 years old and I've had the same problem for months now on both knees and I've looked and looked for either finding out why it happens and ways to fix it. Once I wake up I some times fall because of the pain and then try my best to walk around until it goes away I work out a lot and I'm joining the military both my doctor and the military doctor don't know what it is they didn't do much of an exam but keep saying stretch more. If anyone figured out what this horrible pain could be please let me know I'm sorry to those of you who have felt it it's not something I'd wish on anyone.
    Elmo8791 2 Replies
    • November 16, 2013
    • 05:09 PM
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  • I am 22 years old and I've had this pain for months I have seen a doctor and I'm joining the military and both tell me to just keep stretching I work out a lot and very active and never have a problem except waking up and when I get up I sometimes fall because of the pain and then try and walk around until it's ok again and it's the same when I sit down for any period of time it's like there was no blood flow or something and I'm walking for the first time every time if anyone can figure this out please let me know I'm sorry to those who know this pain, I wouldn't wish this on anyone.C
    Elmo8791 2 Replies
    • November 16, 2013
    • 05:15 PM
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  • Have you had any luck with this? Having the same problem.
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • October 4, 2014
    • 03:42 AM
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  • I unfortunately had a similar experience this morning. I was sleeping and I was awoken by the worst pain I have ever felt in my life. It was on my right leg but on the left inner side of my knee cap. The pain was unbearable. I don't know what happened but I believe I fell asleep with my knee bent as I laid on my back. It was as if my knee was locked and I could not move it. I thought something had tore. I straighten my leg and I could feel the pain go away. My knee cap felt warm afterwards. I hope it doesn't happen again....I must add the the past three days I have been sitting a lot and I have tight hamstrings and lower back pain....I wonder if this is related to that as our nerves pass near our knee cap.....anyone else have tight hamstrings and or sits a lot.??? hopefully someone figures out what this horrible pain is...
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • October 30, 2015
    • 00:45 AM
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  • I had the same thing happened to me two nights ago on my left knee also. Now my knee doesn't hurt too much but it feels like the nerve is tightening up the whole way up my leg. I'm sorry I don't know what it is or what's happening to me,but know ur not alone.
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  • I have had something similar to this happen to me, but it only happens if i fall asleep on my back with my knees bent and i guess my knees drift apart and eventually flatten out. I will wake up with excruciating pain and cannot move my legs for a while. I have to work with them very slowly for about 10-20+ min before they are somewhat normal again (i say somewhat because i still feel the effects and pain for a few days after it happens). Im not sure if the hip is locking up or if the tendons are just stretched to far. Any advice as to what it is or what might be happening would be much appreciated other than dont fall asleep with your knees up.
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • September 13, 2016
    • 05:02 PM
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