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I woke up this morning with extreme pain in my left knee. I have been limping on it when I need to, but have been avoiding getting mobile when not necessary for the obvious reasons.<br><br><br><br>
One thing I didn't notice earlier is how <i>swollen</i> it is.<br><br><br><br>
Anyone know what would cause this?
 

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My guess is that you sprained it earlier without realizing or taking note of it. If you just twisted it a little and it hardly hurt at the time, the injury might have taken a while to make itself known.<br><br><br><br>
Arthritis or another joint disorder could cause swelling too. I'm not diagnosed with anything, but my ankles get sore and sometimes swell a little for not apparent reason--oftentimes it's brought on by humid or rainy weather.
 

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I have no idea. If it were me, I'd give it a few days and if it didn't get better (or if it got worse), I'd go to the doctor. It depends on how much pain you're in, though.
 

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If it gets worse then I'll head to the doctor in the morning. I can barely bend it or walk on it, and it's already twice its normal size.
 

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Sounds like when I sprained my knee, except I knew when I sprained it. It swelled up to the size of a canteloupe, and felt a lot better when they drained the fluid. Hope everythings OK. No injury is fun, but knee injuries really take you out for a while.<br><br><br><br>
As far as going away on it's own, as long as there is no ligament or cartilage damage, then it will heal naturally. You need to get it looked at though, because if there is any damage, then letting it heal naturally is a very bad idea, and a near assurance of requiring knee surgery later in life. Not the good kind either. Involves a rotating cheese-grater looking thing.<br><br><br><br>
Gad, now my knee is hurting!
 

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swelling could mean anything from meniscal tear to ligament damage. what were you doing at the time? Sprain is a very generic random terminology.<br><br>
i would see a Dr? Just in case
 

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Thank you.<br><br><br><br>
As of right now, mom won't take me to the doc so I soaked it in an Epsom salt mixture and put Sportscreme on it, then I bandaged it.<br><br><br><br>
I'm staying off it for the most part and I have a large pillow on my bed that I use to keep my knee elevated when I'm laying down.<br><br><br><br>
I don't remember doing anything to it, so I'm thinking I probably just twisted it in my sleep.
 

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I'm clueless as to how you could have injured it that much without realizing it... but I hope you heal completely and soon. It's been too long since I had my last general first aid refresher training.
 

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I'm clueless as to how you could have injured it that much without realizing it... but I hope you heal completely and soon. It's been too long since I had my last general first aid refresher training.</div>
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Yeah ... that's why I think I did it in my sleep.<br><br><br><br>
I'm actually pretty notorious for sleepwalking, so I suppose that could have been it. That, or I got fidgety in my sleep and just twisted it or whacked it on something.<br><br><br><br>
One other thing I considered was ... I am never, ever on my feet. I rarely leave this house. My cousin and I did quite a bit of fast-paced walking on Sunday. Do you think I could have hurt it just moving on it too much too fast after being on my butt for such a long time?
 

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Let's try to figure out, how bad it is. Are you right or left-handed? Please measure the circumference of both knees.
 

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ouch ouch ouch.. sore knees suck.<br><br>
I advise you ice it, elevate it, and stay the heck off of it! Also, take an antiinflammatory (advil or aleve) to relieve some of the swelling.
 

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It could be arthritis, which is litterally the swelling of the joints. I have arthritis in my knees and ankles, and they get swelled up and are very painful some days. I would deffiently get it checked out. Maybe even get some Xrays done.
 

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ouch ouch ouch.. sore knees suck.<br><br>
I advise you ice it, elevate it, and stay the heck off of it! Also, take an antiinflammatory (advil or aleve) to relieve some of the swelling.</div>
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Absolutely the best advice!!! And try to convince mom to take you to the doctor. I am a licensed massage therapist you could pm me if you would like.<br><br>
Good Luck!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/bow.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":bow:"> Lil
 

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Aleve, ICE ICE ICE and lots of rest for it are the best things you can do if you can't get to a Dr. Also a knee brace might be needed while it's healing to help protect it from necessary motion.
 

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Aleve, ICE ICE ICE and lots of rest for it are the best things you can do if you can't get to a Dr. Also a knee brace might be needed while it's healing to help protect it from necessary motion.</div>
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I hurt my knee last April and it took about 10 months before it was pain free (at its worse, I had to crawl up and down stairs.. and I hurt the other knee from limping on the one knee for so long!). The sports medicine guy at the college's health center said that he's found that knee braces make absolutely no difference in healing time. The good ones are generally fairly expensive, so just something to keep in mind before you go out and invest money in a brace.
 

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Now I wish I had some Aleve. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/bigcry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":cry:"><br><br><br><br>
I'll lay down soon and ice it up. I put ice on it last night, but the pressure of ice pack was very uncomfortable. I feel a lot of pressure in my knee, even when I am not putting any of my weight on it.<br><br><br><br>
"Red Alert" time?
 

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I hurt my knee last April and it took about 10 months before it was pain free (at its worse, I had to crawl up and down stairs.. and I hurt the other knee from limping on the one knee for so long!). The sports medicine guy at the college's health center said that he's found that knee braces make absolutely no difference in healing time. The good ones are generally fairly expensive, so just something to keep in mind before you go out and invest money in a brace.</div>
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I pretty much did the same thing (actually about a month before you, lol) my knee braces were all that kept me able to work and they still make a big difference (at least for me) in how long I can stand on harder surfaces. I was crawling or being carried upstairs for a couple of months, it was pretty sad. I would have had to take that whole time off of work if it hadn't been for my braces, and they weren't expensive, less than $20 a piece for the first ones and then as I got better I downgraded to the lighter ones which were even less.
 

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I too was thankful for my knee brace. It kept me from moving it, which was freaking painful, so it at least kept me from that. It's amazing how much you move your knees but never realize it until it either can't move or hurts to move. I also have more problems long-term with the uninjured knee due to all of the stress it endured while my injured knee healed. I was able to forecast rain 24 hours in advance for several years from pain/soreness in my knees.<br><br><br><br>
I wish you the best, and a speedy recovery. If you can't go to the doctor, ice, elevation, and don't move. For me the pain from the ice was pretty bad too. My solution (I was 22 at the time) was to keep a beer cooler full of ice and beer (friends kept making runs for me). All the beer also made sure people were around to help distract me from the pain, and probably helped to dull it somewhat too. The downside was i had to get up and go pee frequently. That's probably how I stressed the good knee.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wall.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":wall:">
 

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You should go to the doctor. I played sports in college and after a Saturday morning workout I went back to my dorm took and shower and hopped back in bed. When I woke up my knee was swollen and it hurt like hell to bend it. I went to the doctor and it turns out I had torn my cartilage. The important thing is that between when it began hurting and my doctors appointment 1.5 weeks later (it happened during finals week and I couldn't go home until they were done) I was feeling much better and considered not going to the doctor until my mom made me. She wouldn't let me go to the gym either (luckily). Anyhow the point is that you don't know what you did and although it may turn out to be just a sprain its better to be safe than sorry.
 
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