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Knee Lock's up Anyone else???

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  • Posted By: ICIrisheyes
  • April 19, 2008
  • 01:25 AM

Ok so my knee locks up anyone have any ideas. I have been to 6 different doctors had a MRI It is clear. Could the MRI be wrong? Maybe something did not show up? My knee locks up at any given time without warning. I have woken up in the middle of the night and could not bend or straighten out my leg I also had very bad PAIN. Could their be something the MRI did not see? anyone help me.
IrishGurl

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  • I have a similar problem.If you have lax joints it might be meniscal subluxation. It has very little swelling and pain only for a couple of days. Not much you can do but PT...Matteo
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  • My knee has been like the for over a year. The pain is always their. It will not go away. It a WC claim. I have jumped thru all the hoops. Done everything they have wanted. I have just made an apt for my self in another state with a sports doctor. I talked to him today. He seems to think I have a tare in my meniscus or a loose piece of bone floating around. He said he would like to go in with a scope and fix it I might be laid up for 8 weeks with no weight bearing but its been a year now so whats 8 weeks. I can't do any of the things I have always done. Such as Snow boarding, Playing Polo, Fly Fishing and all the out side sports things I have always done in the past . If I get my knee fixed I might be able to even clean the house.It would be nice to even go for a walk without my knee locking up falling down and sitting and waiting till it unlocks. last time I sat in my truck for 4 1/2 hours waiting for my knee to unlock. I have ended up sitting out side on the deck in the rain & snow for 2 /3 hours also. then I got a cold. Irishgurl
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  • My knee has been locking up for about 10 years i say..its been happeninh since i was really little about 6 and i'm 17 now. it'll lock up without warning most of the time when its in a bent postion. I recently went to physical therapy and they just gave me things to do to keep my knee strong. but they did talk about the possibility of it being a torn meniscis or however u spell it but they siad the possibilty is low since a torn meniscis hurts. But they did tell me when it locks up to ice it afterwards incase theres any inflamation or anything. but if u find out anything u should repost thanx =]
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  • Can an MRI be wrong? Yes, i have had 3 and 2 were wrong. Luckily I had doctors who decided to scope my knee when the MRI's came back not showing what they thought it should be. Had an OS come back and say the MRI said torn cartiledge got in the knee and it was a torn ACL.:confused:
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  • I have the same knee locking condition. I'll squat down to get something, or twist mid step, and about 1 out of 10 times, my knee will "catch" and I won't be able to straighten it. The pain takes my breath away and last time, it took about 30 minutes for my knee to "release". My doctor referred me for an MRI, however, when the results were read, there was no sign of any tearing or loose anything! Now, I'm freaking out because my knee feels weak and I'm scared to go back to my normal routine. She referred me to a specialist...but what is happening? And what can I do until then?
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    • October 14, 2008
    • 04:32 PM
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  • I have the same knee locking condition. I'll squat down to get something, or twist mid step, and about 1 out of 10 times, my knee will "catch" and I won't be able to straighten it. The pain takes my breath away and last time, it took about 30 minutes for my knee to "release". My doctor referred me for an MRI, however, when the results were read, there was no sign of any tearing or loose anything! Now, I'm freaking out because my knee feels weak and I'm scared to go back to my normal routine. She referred me to a specialist...but what is happening? And what can I do until then? Use RICE -- Rest, ice, compression (brace) and elevation.Make sure your brace fits. Then try to live life as normal. I am 31 and waiting on a knee replacement. The only real differences in my life are no more gymnastics (coaching either) and no more stairs.
    ex-gymnast 6 Replies
    • October 19, 2008
    • 03:52 AM
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  • I've had the identical condition for over 10 years on right knee. Been to four specialists, 2 MRI's, one scope, zero results. The doctors are baffled. If I cross my right leg so that the knee is hanging loose, or simply elevate it in some manner without support, or even if I let the right leg bend out too much while I'm sitting at a desk - it can slip (a big physical "THUNK") into lock condition and is VERY painful. Can't move until it unlocks ("THUNK"), which can sometimes take 1/2 hour or more, though I've learned some tricks that can usually unlock it sooner.It's a PHYSICAL LOCK UP and it's a BIG BONE that I can feel moves "out of place." And when it unlocks, I can feel it go "THUNK!!" back into place. That's the only way I know how to explain it, but when I tell the doctors this they tell me it's impossible. They surgically took out a small piece of Meniscus, but that's not the problem. It solved nothing. Sometimes I want to scream at the doctors, "G-d D-mit!!! It's a BONE and it's slipping out of place!! I know my body, I know relative sizes of internal movements. This is not a little piece of cartilage floating around. Why don't you believe me?" I've been experimenting during lock-ups, trying to isolate the problem area and the issue seems NOT to be on the knee itself, but on the right side of the leg below the knee about 2" - apparently near or at or slightly under where the Fibula connects with the Tibia, best I can gather from anatomy diagrams. I actually think the Fibula is coming out of normal joint. Based on my efforts to localize the source of lock, that's the only conclusion I can draw. I'm sure ortho doctors would scoff at this, but I'm convinced it's true. And until they can properly diagnose it and fix it, they have "no leg to stand on." I would enjoy talking with others who share this issue: JL (at sign) JPS (dot) NET. Maybe if enough of us got together, we could petition some medical college ortho school to do a small study on us all. I would travel anywhere in the world if I thought someone could truly fix this condition. It is misery to live with, though I count my blessings for the otherwise good health I have.
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    • November 20, 2008
    • 06:58 AM
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  • My knees locks up as well, except it only locks up when it's in the bent position and I can't straighten it. It also only happens when I'm sitting cross-legged on the floor, and it seems to only happen if I, like, reach forward to pick something up while sitting in the cross-legged position.It's happened to me all my life, the earliest I can remember it happening to me is when I was 4 years old in pre-school. I'm 23 years old now, and it happened to me twice this week after not having a lock-up in a couple months. I don't really think there's anything that can really be done with my knees, and since it's been happening all my life since such a young age, I think it's some sort of genetic thing.
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    • December 25, 2008
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  • 4 days ago, I got out of bed in an awkward position. I was half/asleep butbecame fully awake when I felt this intense pain in my right knee. I realizedthat my right knee became "stuck" in a bent position. I couldn't straighten it.The next night it became "stuck" or locked 3 times. Yesterday I didn't have theissue and this morning it happened again. I cannot afford to have this problem rightnow, and assuming it's a torn meniscus can anyone offer me some advice on aself rehab and therapy program to strengthen this knee once these symptoms subside ...
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    • January 24, 2009
    • 04:16 PM
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  • I also experience these lock ups from a very early age. it only happens in a bent position or sometimes when it gets hit and bends. i am in karate, and when i kick someone it also seems to lock up at rare times. i have figured out from my father who also always had this problem that when it locks i have someone hold my leg and pull quickly. it gets rid of the lock, however, it feels as if you are walking on air afterwards. i use a knee brace afterwards which also helps. when i am tired or cold it hurts as well, but does not lock up. i have had many mris years ago and nothing showed. i really wish they could tell me something. it happens in both knees as well. tell me if you find out anything :)
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    • January 26, 2009
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  • My right knee has locked up (that is, it is bent and won't unbend) on occasion since I was about 8. Typically, it happened when my leg was in a cross-legged position (as some others here have described) or the opposite (with my lower leg facing out). I used to have to have it "manually unlocked" or do it myself, which was excruciating and left the knee painful for a day or more. Over the years, however, I've found that the least painful way to get things back in order (only tender for few minutes after) is to carefully get that leg into the same orientation as if in a cross-legged position (do what you want with the other leg) and firmly flex the muscles in my entire leg (mostly thigh, I think, in retrospect). That seems to unlock it with minimal damage. Once, though, I was sparring and it locked in the middle of roundhouse kick. I didn't realize it until I snapped the leg out to full extension, at which point I hit the ground screaming. That resulted in a couple of weeks of hobbling about on a cane.
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    • February 9, 2009
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  • Same thing! I'm 44 and In A squatin position my knee locks solid! I had to have my son pull my leg straight until it popped into place ... UNBELIEVABLE PAIN!! cant find anything on the net as to what is happening. Its happened 3 times now and the last time was the worst.HELP! What can I do?
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    • February 15, 2009
    • 09:32 PM
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  • I have a problem with my right knee. If I turn a weird way or rotate my body to turn and grab something or anything like that, my right knee locks up but it has nothing to do with my knee cap. It feels like the knobby bone on my outer knee(feels like the top of the bone that runs down my calf but it connected to the knee) that is dislocated. I just have to sit there sometimes for an hour until it releases. I move my leg different ways while it is stuck to try and loosen it and with evey move, I am able to straighten it a little more but i have to hold my leg and move it with my arms. It's really painful and the first time it happened when I was like 10 (21 now), I was on a trampoline and it happened and I kicked my leg out because I didn't know what it was and it went back into place but it was really painful so now I just let it work its way out. I don't know why it happens only to my right leg because I have never had a knee or leg injury before! I hate it!
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    • February 27, 2009
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  • Im 13 and at the moment my knee is locked up. nd after reading all of this i notice everything has happened on the RIGHT leg. same with mine. it hurts horribly if i move it, so i am wating till a out 8:00 CST to try again. and tylenol does not seem to work eitherthis has been happeniing since i was 10...My mom has also had this problem, so i think it might be genetic... what do you think? and have any health
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  • Several have mentioned having knee popping and locking from an early age, which sounds much like what I experienced. Only after I got a little older and it locked up so hard that I couldn't get it to release did I learn from the orthopedist that I had a "discoid" meniscus. It's an abnormally shaped meniscus that is more likely to be unstable and tear, causing pain, popping and locking. The tears can be repaired by arthroscopic surgery. I was back on my feet in a few days.
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  • Hi I came across this website and sounds like my problem, I fell after xmas and my knee locked up and overextended and I have had so many problems since then , had 2 MRI's and taking several medications, :( I still have problems . I did therapy bit . I walk and it locks up on me , I cant get comfortable sleeping at night, my limitations are grim, I am an active mom and like to be outside now the weather is good . I get upset that I cant do as mnuch. The doctors keep giving me medicine I dont no what to do next.
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  • A couple of years ago I woke up in excruciating pain. I always sleep on my side with my legs bent and at some point I must have tried to straighten my right leg and it hurt like ***l and woke me up. I could not bend it farther nor straighten it out any. The slightest movement one way or the other was agony. I freaked, to say the least. After a loooong time I finally was able to roll onto my back, although I had to grab hold of my pajama leg and pull my leg to the side because flexing the leg muscle itself to try to roll over was also agony, but if I pulled on the fabric to get my leg to roll it was ok. BUT... once I was on my back, IT WAS FINE!! Crazy.... As soon as I was on my back I could extend my leg and also bend it all the way back. There was a little bit of a twinge but it was bearable. To those people who have had someone pull it out for them I cannot even imagine the pain and I wonder if you're maybe even making it worse? Maybe try rolling on your back like I did? Might work for some, not others...This has happened several times since then and I always get onto my back as soon as possible and then I can straighten it out, so I have just dealt with it but I know it shouldn't happen and I know I should do something about it, but what? If I knew what was wrong and could just get it fixed I would, but I have read so many stories of people who go to one doctor after another who misdiagnose them or say there is nothing wrong. I don't have time or money to waste like that.
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  • My Knee has been locking up for about four years. I hurt it while doing "power" in Gymnastics i wouldn't stop till i got it perfect and ended up landing on my knee four times. Every year the pain gets worse. I have been to three specialists, 4 regular doctors, and One Physical Theripist. They all had diffrent Ideas on what is wrong with it. When my knee locks up i cant move it and i also fall down. I end up still walking but on my toe without moving my knee. Lately the pain has gotten way worse. It is unbearable. I am noted for haveing a very high pain tolerance and it makes me cry. Lately it has also started poping. Also it tends to feel like it is pulling itself apart. I have never been on a pair of crutches because my family belives in no pain no gain theory. I cant stand it anymore i have xrays mris bone scans and tons more and they all show that something is wrong but the doctors give me these stupid exersises to do that makes the pain worse and more frequent. Which they spacificly told me wouldn't happen. I NEED HELP!!! SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP ME!!
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  • Same thing! I'm 44 and In A squatin position my knee locks solid! I had to have my son pull my leg straight until it popped into place ... UNBELIEVABLE PAIN!! cant find anything on the net as to what is happening. Its happened 3 times now and the last time was the worst.HELP! What can I do?Hi there. I've just come across this site and when I read your post, it was something my 14 year old son could of written.He is in exactly the same position but his knee has gone about a dozen times and every time it gets more painful and harder to straighten. This only happens when his knee is bent and also his pain is on the outside of his knee. When he straightens his knee, I will hear a pop and his leg jerks, its horrible!!! He is absolutely fine afterwards but its getting harder and harder to pop it back in.Makes me feel physically sick watching him in so much pain.I have tried to research it online too but can't find anything. We have an appointment at the hospital on the 6th May to hopefully get this sorted out.
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  • Hi... My knees also have the same problem, starting from maybe when i was about 8, im now 18. However, mine can occur in both knees - the right knee being most common.I had previously gone perhaps a few years without any occurrence but yesterday it happened twice! I was playing football and the ball caught my toes as my right knee was twisted and it felt like perhaps a ligament or cartilage on the outside of my knee clicked out of place! I find that the only way to get rid of it is to straighten the leg. This happened almost instantly, so the pain wasnt too bad.However, around 5 minutes later the same thing happened again! this time, i hobbled for a few seconds and then straightened my leg. The "POP" was heard from around 10-15m away!! It hurts to bend the knee or straighten it too much. Also, if i stand up in one place for too long then it gets stiff and is painful. The outside of the knee is sore and i struggle to bend the knee even slightly and twist, especially whilst lying down as it feels like it will 'lock' again.I've done some research but not seen a doctor as i struggle to see what they'd find as i am never able to make immediate appointments so by the time i can see the doctor there is no more pain. It seems like it could very well be a meniscus tear or weak knee and surrounding muscles.I would very much like to know what is the problem so i can get it treated! Thanks!
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