So as of the last few weeks, I have noticed a progressing problem in my knees and thighs. My knees started first, with them being very painful when I would walk down the stairs or get up from a chair, and now my thigh muscles are very weak and it is making it difficult to walk.
When I walk I have to lift my legs with my hips and sort of swing out my legs below the knee. I can bend my knees when I am laying down but when I am in the act of walking I can't seem to control my knees so I have to lock them when walking or they crumble from underneath me (definitely have had some embarrassing falls recently because of it.)
When I walk down the stairs, my knees hurt REALLY badly, and my thigh muscles spasm a little bit, and I feel like I could fall down at any moment.
Does this sound like something that can be fixed with exercise or diet change? Has anyone else had these kind of symptoms before and if so what was it? At first I just ignored it hoping it would go away but it is starting to interfere with my daily life (aka starting to get really hard to walk normally...)
By the way I am a 23 year old female.
Thanks guys for your advice!