I have a knee condition that has confused the orthos I have seen--wondering if anyone has experienced something similar and can shed some light on this.
The main symptom is stiffness. The knee fully extends, but when bending, at about 100degrees, it just can't bend anymore.
There is a dull pain when trying to pull my heel towards the back of my thigh-- but no sharp pain (although I don't try to bend it past 100degrees).
The stiffness is on the outside of the knee and feels like a tight IT band.
When bent at 90degrees the lower front of the knee seems swollen, more towards the inside of the kneecap.
I am an athletic, very active female, age 36, engaging in a wide range of activities. This knee thing has happened twice, both after running at moderately intense pace, where the next morning the knee is extremely stiff. It takes about 4 weeks to subside, during which I limit all impact activities.
The confusing thing is that there has been no change in my weight/ workout activities/ diet etc.....so even when the knee gets better, I am now very apprehensive about engaging in many activities because I don't know what caused it. And I don't know what to do---I'm icing/ heat/ massaging it...
By the time the ortho sees me, the knee is usually less swollen, more mobile and the doctor has trouble diagnosing. Xrays do not show anything, comprehensive blood panels do not show anything. I haven't had an MRI yet though.
Any advice or comments would much appreciated!