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I have sore bruise halfway across the back of my knee. I noticed it yesterday after feeling sore pain. I did not injury it. Could this be a blood clot?

I have sore bruise halfway across the back of my knee. I noticed it yesterday after feeling sore pain. I did not injury it. Could this be a blood clot?

Blood clot?: Doubtful. Have you been traveling? Need more history to guide you. Perform a virtual consult to get more information and be able to help you. ...Read more

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Dull aching pain in lower back, groin, and down to knees? Do I have cancer or leaukimia?

Dull aching pain in lower back, groin, and down to knees? Do I have cancer or leaukimia?

? Hernia? Back Disc: Unlikely cancer! sometimes small groin hernias will push on nerves very early, before you can feel a lump, and cause the kind of pain that you're describing. Another possibility is a herniated disc in your back, pressing on the nerves to go to these areas. You need to see a physician to sort this out, may need x-rays, and perhaps even a referral to a specialist. Good luck and get well soon! ...Read more

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After standing for a while or when running, I get a dull ache behind my leg--in the tops of my calves, right under the back of my knees. Why?

After standing for a while or when running, I get a dull ache behind my leg--in the tops of my calves, right under the back of my knees. Why?

Achilles Tendonitis: Probable achilles tendinitis which is stretching the tendon where it inserts on the heel. Try wearing a heel lift in your shoe or a slight heel to relax the tendon from its insertion. Ice, rest, topical irritants like icy hot or bengay can help to. If it doesn't get better visit your local doctor for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Had lower back problems for years can it affect a knee injury 2 years ago where I still feel dull ache pain in my knee?

Had lower back problems for years can it affect a knee injury 2 years ago where I still feel dull ache pain in my knee?

It may but it is: Unlikely if the knee pain is unrelated to your back symptoms or is isolated to the knee and the pain is affected by knee activity rather than back involved activities. If the symptoms warrant it, see an orthopedic surgeon for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a dull aching pain in my lower back (left side) I have numbness and tingling in my left thigh down to my knee.?

I have a dull aching pain in my lower back (left side) I have numbness and tingling in my left thigh down to my knee.?

Unpinch the nerve.: Sounds like you have a disk herniation. As long as the pain is tolerable, and you do not have progressive increasing weakness, or lose the ability to control the bladder or bowels, the vast majority of disk herniations can be treated without surgery. I recommend you get a good exam by a spine specialist, then follow instructions on use of medications, stretchs and activities modifications. ...Read more

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Outer & back of knee pain along with calf ache, mild swelling, dull/burning that's worst when sitting/laying down. Ok to walk. Hurst more while resting?

Outer & back of knee pain along with calf ache, mild swelling, dull/burning that's worst when sitting/laying down. Ok to walk. Hurst more while resting?

Knee pain: May be Bakers cyst, tendonitis, hematoma though they should hurt more with exercise. Also though rarer in a male consider a clot, becasue clots are dangerous would f/u today with doctor /urgent care may need sonongram that can visualize clots, bakers cysts or a hematoma ...Read more

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My husband wakes up with sore legs often. Its dull aches from toes to knees and lower back. He thinks its from walking in flip flops. Do you agree?

My husband wakes up with sore legs often. Its dull aches from toes to knees and lower back. He thinks its from walking in flip flops. Do you agree?

Yes: Flip flops offer no support for your feet and arches. As a result the arches fall or pronate. This creates an imbalance which places more pressure on the inside or medial aspect of both feet. There is more pressure on the toes and there is internal rotation or torque on both knees, hips. This will make hom tip forward when he stands and place more strain on his lower back. Try rainbow sandals. ...Read more

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I have a dull ache in the lower right side of my back. I have been on ibuprofen for arthritis in my knee for a few months. Is this my kidney acting up?

I have a dull ache in the lower right side of my back. I have been on ibuprofen for arthritis in my knee for a few months. Is this my kidney acting up?

Kidney mid back: You are right to be concerned about kidney damage with regular use of Ibuprofen. The kidney is tucked under the ribs in your back. If this is where you are having pain or there is blood in your urine then be checked. Otherwise have a routine review of your kidneys because of your medication. All the best. ...Read more

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Dull aching pain behind knee right above the crease. Woke up with it?

Dull aching pain behind knee right above the crease. Woke up with it?

Home remedy: Sounds very non -specific. Specific diagnosis difficult without physical exam of the area. Apply a little ice and take 600mg Ibuprofen with food. If not improving over next few days see PCP for a check up. ...Read more

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My back keeps going out, my knee keeps locking and im in so much pain everywhere and so sore that its hard to do things and I'm only 16!?

My back keeps going out, my knee keeps locking and im in so much pain everywhere and so sore that its hard to do things and I'm only 16!?

You need evaluation: It's hard to be clear with what's going on, but you need to see your physician and you may need to be referred to a rheumatologist. I cannot tell if this is a mechanical or inflammatory or even a possible hereditary problem. These are the things your physician needs to evaluate and help clarify it for you ...Read more

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What could be wrong? I bend my knee with weight or move it to quick to the side I get sharp pain then a dull ache on the inside of my knee

What could be wrong? I bend my knee with weight or move it to quick to the side I get sharp pain then a dull ache on the inside of my knee

Joint pain: Joint pain is difficult to deal with by patients and difficult to treat by doctors many times. If otc treatment modalities and physical therapy hasn't helped, you may need to go to the doctors. ...Read more

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My knee hurts but the upper part of it. When I bend it it hurts a lot and any other time its a dull ache, this is the first time it has hurt this much?

Could be tendinitis: This could be symptom of tendinitis, bursitis, or patellar arthritis. If it is affecting your daily activities, it should be evaluated by your primary physician, orthopedist, or rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Could my back be causing pain from my ankles to my knees and my elbows. But no back ache?

Could my back be causing pain from my ankles to my knees and my elbows. But no back ache?

No: Not according to the wiring diagram that came with your owner's manual. Pain in elbow=elbow issue (not from back) Pain from knee down depends on the location (front side or back of leg (eg. Peroneal nerve compression, posterior tibial nerve injury, referred pain from a joint etc.) ...Read more

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Some people have aches and pains in their knees and backs at 40 yrs old. Why is that?

Some people have aches and pains in their knees and backs at 40 yrs old. Why is that?

Years of pounding: Most shoes aren't that bad, usually it's the crummy insoles they come with! There are many possible reasons that you may have pain in the knees and back, but try cushioned arch supports like spenco polysorb insoles - cross trainer style (http://www. Spenco. Com/products/footcare/poly-sorb) and otc anti-inflammatories (like aleve). ...Read more

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I have an intense ache under my left outer armpit, which will sometimes radiate through my back to my knees?

I have an intense ache under my left outer armpit, which will sometimes radiate through my back to my knees?

Shoulder and neck: Seems like a neck problem. Make sure you get a breast exam.And if you have family history of breast cancer Get a mammogram. Otherwise it is the neck. ...Read more

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Pain/dull aching of right knee when seated, or when bending of the right knee in any way. Usually fine when lying down or walking though?

Pain/dull aching of right knee when seated, or when bending of the right knee in any way. Usually fine when lying down or walking though?

See doctor: Sound like you have had some evaluation of this knee. Ask your doctor to refer you to orthopedic. Something has been missed here. Try that and let’s see if the problem can be found ...Read more

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My left knee frequently locks. When it happens, I pop it back in place. Hours later, it is sore and painful to bend/extend. What can it be?

My left knee frequently locks. When it happens, I pop it back in place. Hours later, it is sore and painful to bend/extend. What can it be?

Is it both knees or: Just one? How often has it been going on? Is it only while doing certain positions, or certain movements, like going up stairs, going down stairs, when sitting, when standing. It can be like popping a joint, and you are hearing it 'pop' in place. So it could feel uncomfortable when you extend or flex it. If it gets inflamed, you need to see a doctor and get it imaged. ...Read more

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I have had back of knee pain for a few weeks, sore when straightening from acute angle and hurts most if a twist happens. Should I use a support?

I have had back of knee pain for a few weeks, sore when straightening from acute angle and hurts most if a twist happens. Should I use a support?

Investigate why?: Sounds like it could be a Bakers cyst! These are knee fluid collection in a cyst behind the knee, likely as a result of trauma, wear and tear, i.e. A torn meniscus?, should get an MRI to better understand why this is occurring! A support may make it worse! Need to find out what causes the fluid buildup up! May need to aspirated knee, please see a rheumatologist or Ortho, Best! ...Read more

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Get them them fairly often, but it's usually in my calf. Last night it was close to back of my knee & much more painful. Still sore today. Normal?

Popliteal pain: Check for venous clot/dvt emergently. Restless leg is fairly common. Other causes include popliteal cyst, sprain, strain, referred pain, meniscus, etc. ...Read more

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I've had intermittent aching knee pain since I was a child. Now21. No injuries. Worse at night. Sometimes lower back/knee pain. What could this be?

I've had intermittent aching knee pain since I was a child. Now21. No injuries. Worse at night. Sometimes lower back/knee pain. What could this be?

Evaluate: There is little information in your question as for a diagnosis or a suspicion of a diagnosis. You need to see a rheumatologist and you need to be examined, a 20 years old pain it is not usual as for problems usually get better or get worse. ...Read more

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I was sitting on this chair that's attached to a cane and it broke on me, and my right knee moved all the way back, now its sore, did I mess it up?

I was sitting on this chair that's attached to a cane and it broke on me, and my right knee moved all the way back, now its sore, did I mess it up?

Sprain: This is a sprain type injury. However if swelling develops, an internal knee joint injury like torn cartilage or ligament is possible. At this time I recommend cold applications for 48 hours along with rest, elevation of your leg and, if you can take them, anti-inflammatory medications like Advil or Aleve (with food). If you develop severe pain and swelling, consult an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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I had a bilateral release on my knee over 3 yrs ago, its still sore, anything I can take that will help the nerves grow back faster? Cant work cause of

I had a bilateral release on my knee over 3 yrs ago, its still sore, anything I can take that will help the nerves grow back faster? Cant work cause of

Meds vs no Meds: It doesn't sound like medications will be helpful for you. Try wearing knee braces regularly (over the counter kind). You may need more physical therapy, which will require a followup with your surgeon. ...Read more

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I'm have knee pain and pain shooting down the leg. Was a dancer from 2 1/2 till 13 now 17. Dull ache with pain spikes occasionally able to walkish thou?

I'm have knee pain and pain shooting down the leg. Was a dancer from 2 1/2 till 13 now 17. Dull ache with pain spikes occasionally able to walkish thou?

Need a Dr to exam: You need a physician to exam your knee and images you might injured a ligaments before and this is aggravated now with specific movement you did
you need x ray and possible MRI
take it easy on you knee until you see dr and try to to put weight on it
food luck ...Read more

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I have been getting aches and pain in my legs, thighs and back of my knees. I am 24 year old female.?

I have been getting aches and pain in my legs, thighs and back of my knees. I am 24 year old female.?

Too little info: If these symptoms are uncomfortable and persist, U will need to C your doc for a diagnosis. Things to note are what makes the discomfort better/worse, the intensity of the pain on a 1-10 scale, the durration and pattern of the pain. Is there any tenderness to touch, redness, swelling, etc. Good luck ...Read more

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I have swollen lyph nodes in the back of each knee which are very visible. Swollen but not sore. What can this be?

I have swollen lyph nodes in the back of each knee which are very visible. Swollen but not sore. What can this be?

Lymph nodes?: How do you know they're lymph nodes? That's a very unusual place for lymph nodes. More likely they're bakers cysts. See your your doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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I have an ache pain under the front of my knee cap, and also a deep pain in the back of my knee. What is going on?

I have an ache pain under the front of my knee cap, and also a deep pain in the back of my knee. What is going on?

Knee pain: The knee can be caused by arthritis, ligament injury, tendon tears, muscle strain. .. It sounds like you might have some tear inside the knee.
If your pain persists, seek help from a health care provider. You might benefit from a comprehensive evaluation. ...Read more

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I have knee pain on and off for years. Dull ache on left side of knee cap. Getting more frequent and worse. What could it be?

This needs 2 B eval-: -by an orthopedic surgeon. It can B from mall alignment of your extensor mechanism 2 an arthritic problem. A hands on exan & imaging need B done. ...Read more