One day I woke up and my left knee was swollen (twice the size as my right, yet I had no pain). I took ibuprofen and took it easy for a while and within a 4-5 days 99% swelling went away. Again no pain durin the whole time. Then I proceeded to do some light exercises on the treadmill and stairs over a 3day period and all of a sudden I felt and HEARD click sounds out of my left knee. Again, NO pain associated with it. A little bit of swelling has come back - very little, but the sound is clicking. Again , NO PAIN. And of course I have no health insurance. Please advise? Thank you! Monica
Generally sudden onset knee swelling is due to injury to menisci or due to inflammation of the bursa or a soft cushion on the joint. Initially there may be no pain. However, you must not strain the knee by exercising. Ideally you should see a doctor, but since you do not have insurance try this: Give the leg complete rest. Apply ice pack 2-3 times a day for 15-20 minutes. Take an over the counter anti-inflammatory. Use leg for only daily activities for a week or two. Resume exercises after a month. If the swelling returns or the joint becomes painful, please consult a doctor. Take care!
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