i have knee pain in my right knee, since a snowboarding bail this last winter. i haven't bothered to see a doctor yet, because the pain comes and goes.
the injury: i hit a jump, and landed on my stomach, in packed snow, my shoulder caught the snow and i rolled, being i was using my long board, the board did not roll with me, and my right foot was twisted clockwise (out) i don't know exactly how far, but i did feel an extreme amount of pain, and i thought that i had broken my ankle (which is where the pain was initially) in about 5-10 minutes from the bail, the pain moved from my ankle into my knee, and got a little less intense (when it first happened, it was crippling) i ended up finishing the day on my snowboard, taking it easy.
the symptoms: now, i have a pain that comes and goes, at varying intensities, usually it is not more than a dull ache, or uncomfortable, however sometimes it does hurt quite a bit, never to the point i can't walk, however. the pain is located on the inside of my leg, about 2" below my knee cap, almost at the shin line. more specifically, if i run my fingers off of my knee cap, downwards, there is a soft spot, then a small lump, of what i assume to be the top of my tibia?, and right as that bump flattens out, kind of in the corner, is where the pain is located. If i rub/put pressure on it, the pain seems to go away temporarily. I often wear a neoprene closed patella knee brace if it is uncomfortable, and i am running or doing any exercise, which tends to help significantly with the pain. There doesn't seem to be any reliable triggers to the pain, sometimes it hurts the day after exercise, sometimes it doesn't, sometimes it hurts after i've been lazy on the couch all day... it does sometimes hurt slightly higher up, on the outside of the knee, right below the bump on the outside of my knee, which is 90* off of the center of my knee cap, but not as often as the inside, and usually when the second pain presents it's self, it's duller than the other, and they come together