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Knee pain at night
I'm a very active 72 yr. old man that has no appearent health issues. I'm on no precription drugs and spent most of my day hiking in the hills with my dog. However when I lay down on my side to go to sleep at night and lay my right leg on my left leg the pain starts. I simply can not let anything tough my left knee area. This only occurrs when I lay on my side (left or right) . My only option is to lay on my back and as I'm a "side sleeper"  I toss all night and get up in the morning exhaused. This has been going on for three years now and the lack of sleep is really taking its toll on me. Any ideas or sugestions would be really appreciated.

Thanks for your understandings,
Walt99
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469901 tn?1276567223
You have really sufferred with this!  I think you should talk to your doctor about this pain.  It could be arthritis even though it only hurts at night.  As a fellow side sleeper, I recommend trying a pillow between your knees at night.  Not only does this help my knees but it also helps my back.  If it does help, do not let it keep you from seeing a doctor.  Arthritis is a degenerative condition that needs to be treated for your quality of life.  Keep hiking!  You are blessed and an inspiration.  
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I had the exact same thing for quite some time.  What I found out that it really wasn't my KNEE...it was actually inflammation in my back pinching a nerve which I FELT in my knee.  I got so irritated during the MRI because the doc and technician kept talking about my back but it was my knee that hurt.  Anyhooo, putting a pillow (a nice firm thick one) and putting your right leg on it and I'll bet you'll have some relief.  Surprisingly when you lay on your side (either side), that position of one leg on top of the other actually works the lower back muscle!  I really hope this helps.  I'm a side sleeper and I'm not a happy camper when I have to sleep on my back.

Oh, and when I finally went to the doc..I found out I did have arthritis.  I always take a hot shower before bed and that helps.
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