Two weeks ago after I got up for the day, my left knee was very stiff. It was painful and a little bit swolen. I couldn't bend it or walk without causing even more pain. This caused me to limp, but I went slowly about my business each day. The third day, it got less stiff and less painful, but hasn't changed since then. The improvement was fairly significant. It is still somewhat stiff and painful, and I'm still limping since that improvement 11-12 days ago. It hasn't gotton any better since the third day improvement. I do not know of anything I have done to cause this. This has never happened before, and I can't imagine what is causing it. I do not drink or use illegal drugs, so I'm always sober.
My main question is: How long should I expect this to last? Should I wait it out or go to the doctor. I really don't want to go to the doctor because of the cost. I just don't have the money.
Also, does anyone know what might be causing this?
Hi Rick~I would see a chiropractor for this problem. It appears to me that you could have some misplaced vertebrae in the spine and they could be pressing on some nerves causing hip and leg pain. Chiropractors specialize in this type of problem and it costs a lot less than a visit to the doctor.
Definitely see a chiropractor, like SassyLassie suggested. I have some similar issues involving my legs and knees. The adjustments really help a lot! I'm sure if you give it a chance, you'll notice an improvement, too. It's exactly for the reasons already mentioned. This even helps my sciatica. I still need to do other things for the sciatica, but the chiropractor greatly improves the problems I have through spinal alignment.
With due respects, you need to see a physician, M.D. type, preferably one with experience in sports medicine. Alternatively go to an emergency room.
There are two primary possibilities. Fluid build up, or a damaged miniscus. The x-ray, which is the only tool available to the chiropracter, is obsolete. A 3T MRI is definitive.
More likely there is fluid build up. In such a case a large hypodermic syringe is used to draw out the liquid and you will become 100 percent pain free instantly. This is rather painless, but it looks awful, so avoid fainting by closing your eyes.
After this procedure the knee may recover and remain so for years.
Now comes the part where an M.D. is necessary. The fluid extracted mkust be analyzed under a microscope, to determine, among other things, if there are blood cells present.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.