I'm a 23 year old female who lead quite the active lifestyle growing up. I participated in just about every sport a girl could, and my father was a physical fitness nut. By the age of 10, I was already on a daily routine workout schedule with my twin brother. I grew like your average girl, but hit my peak in the 5th grade, I've been 5'3 ever since.
Now, with all that said...when I was young, I can't remember the exact age, but I was in middle school, I complained alot about my right knee. So at my annual physical, I expressed that to the Doc. He checked me out, told my dad some stuff, and the next day we were at a specialist for knees *I'm guessing*
The doctor there poked and pushed and moved and flexed my right leg/knee. And came to the conlclusion that I had something called Osgood Slaughters Disease. Keep in mind, this was probably about 10 years ago. The pain in my knee came and went. If I rested well before practice or games or any real strenious activity the pain wasnt too bad. And i dont remember it ever being as bad as it is today.
Now at 23, and not so physical, *i do yoga once a week and stay busy with full time courses at school and a full time graphc design job, so im mostly sitting* my knee is bothering me more and more every day. I try resting it, icing it, bracing it. . . taking over the counter pain medicine. . . NOTHING SEEMS TO BE WORKING.
As a matter of fact, just as I sit here typing this, my knee is in pain. Keeping it straight and slightly elevated sorta helps, but doesnt make the pain stop. Its like a deep, warm, not so much throbbing, but constant pain. Just below my knee cap, where I can actually feel a lump. A difference in my knees, my right knee as a lump where my left knee doesnt. Its slightly swollen and walking doesnt bother is too much, but squatting and lots of bending or running and even riding a bike REALLY irritates it.
Is there anyting I can do before I take this more seriously, and go to a doctor?