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Chronic Knee Pain

I have injured my right knee twice before.  Once, two years ago, was a quick dislocation of the kneecap - out and immediately back in - with some bruising of the bones.  Last year I stretched an attachment of my MCL (?).  My knee still hurts almost constantly.  The pain moves around and is mainly around the medial, anterior, and lateral portions of the knee as well as directly on the kneecap.  Every so often while walking I experience sharp and intense, but very short-lived bursts of pain on the lateral side of my knee.  The area that is most tender to touch is underneath the kneecap where it has been swollen continuously for two years.  When straightened, it looks like there is a lump on my knee.  Some of the pain also occasionally runs down towards my ankle.  Recently I have also experienced minimal hip pain.  While walking, the area along the medial side of the knee also hurts.  The entire area feels like it is full of sand to touch.  At times it feels like my knee is buzzing or growling and shifting - even while it is stationary.  I experience many different kinds of pain in many different areas of the knee, everything from the type of pain that accompanies a bruise to pinching, burning, and stinging.  It does not matter if my knee is bent, straigthened, or whether I am walking or resting.  I would really appreciate some suggestions to help alleviate the pain.
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     How are you? Pain, swelling, popping sound in the knee could be due to arthritis, as it is the most common cause of pain in the knee after recurrent injuries to the knee. Burning, tingling and radiation of the pain to the hip and ankle relates to compression of nerve.
I would suggest that you visit a orthopedician and get x-ray and MRI of the knee to confirm with the diagnosis.
All the best.
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I am an active 57 yr old woman who dislocated her knee at 17 and subsequently had two surgeries on that knee due to cartilage problems.  After avoid almost all sports, I took up tennis 10 years ago without any knee problems.  Two years ago when I tore a tibial tendon and was told there nothing that could be done for me, I got custom orthodics, started working with a trainer to increase muscular leg strength and lost 30 lbs.  I now work out almost everyday playing tennis, weight training, swimming and riding a stationary bike.  I captain two tennis teams and play almost every day.  After seven pain free years, after a tennis lesson that involved constant running on an outdoor court and turning and twisting, I have not been able to get rid of constant pain inside my other knee.  I tried megadoses of ibuprofen which did help but which I don't want to take daily, resting it, not resting it and it continues.  I do not want injections or surgeries.  Can you give me any helpful advice on what I can do to get rid of pain?  It doesn't prevent me from doing anything, but hurts constantly and is keeping me up at night. My doc took xrays and can't believe I can play tennis with bone on bone on left knee, but it this pain in my right that is bothering me. He suggested cortisone or synovial fluid type injections, but I don't want them. My previous experience with cortisone shots is that they hurt a lot without results. He resorted to taping my knee to see if that helps.

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