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Is my knee pain related to my obesity?

Is my knee pain related to my obesity?

Yes: A person's knees take on a lot of stress when he carries a heavy backpack or gains 50-100 pounds in weight. Obesity can worsen knee problems such as pain, swelling, difficulty walking, or trouble climbing stairs. Even if the original cause of the knee problems were from another disease or injury, the heavier a person is, the more wear and tear the knees have to endure. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Obesity (Definition)

The definition started with Louis Israel Dublin, chief statistician of the Metropolitan life insurance company, in the early 1940s, as a BMI >25 (definitely >30) for people in their 20's based on retrospective observational life insurance data of the age at which people died later in life. This was subsequently adopted by the medical disease industry. However, BMI is ...Read more


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Could you tell me what are common leads to of knee pain in obese people?

Could you tell me what are common leads to of knee pain in obese people?

Arthritis: Obesity places much more stress across the joints of your body. Knees, hips, ankles can all be affected. Generally, the cartilage will wear down faster which leads to advanced, early arthritis. ...Read more

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What are the main causes of knee pain for people who are obese?

What are the main causes of knee pain for people who are obese?

Joint overload: For every one lb. A person is overweight, the knee sees 4 lbs. Being 25 lbs. Overweight means the knees are seeing an extra 100 lbs. With each step. Frequently loss of this weight is associated with decrease in pain. Pain is the first signal that something is wrong. Over time the overloading of the joint leads to articular cartilage breakdown, bone stiffness & sclerosis, and arthritis. ...Read more

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I have knee pain from obesity. So i start to exercising at the gym. But when i run or walk, i feel knee pain, so it's a dilemma. How to exercise?

I have knee pain from obesity. So i start to exercising at the gym. But when i run or walk, i feel knee pain, so it's a dilemma. How to exercise?

Alternatives: Consider some alternatives like riding a stationary bicycle, using an elliptical, or even better swimming. As the pain you may be feeling could very well be related to weight bearing forces at your knee. The exercises mentioned above help limiting the forces on the knee. Best of luck in your endeavors. ...Read more

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Knee pain. Meds, ice, heat don't work. Im obese. Used to pop by twisting knee. Same leg longer than other. Pain is all over. No job or money for dr ?

Knee pain. Meds, ice, heat don't work. Im obese. Used to pop by twisting knee. Same leg longer than other. Pain is all over. No job or money for dr ?

Weight: For 1 week write in full detail what you eat, and drink. I mean everything (even water, chips, candy etc). Then look at it, analyse it. You have to trim down (gradually) the eating diary. Many time you think you eat well but when you look at it on a piece of paper you realize there are always adjustment to make without starving that is a simple advice to a complex situation. ...Read more

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Is knee pain related to missing perods date?

Is  knee pain related to missing perods date?

No: It should not be. Likely hormone changes with menstrual cycles can cause some pain however if its persistent see an orthopedic or sport medicine physician for evaluation/treatment. ...Read more

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Has any one prescribed relafen ( nabumetone ) for knee pain related to arthritis?

Has any one prescribed relafen ( nabumetone ) for knee pain related to arthritis?

Relafin: Relafen belongs to a group of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids). It works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. There is no one drug that is effective for everyone when it comes to joint pain so please consult with your physician. ...Read more

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I'm 30, male, fit. Will around 4.5 miles of cross trainer workout daily cause knee related problems? I feel some minor knee pain now a days?

I'm 30, male, fit. Will around 4.5 miles of cross trainer workout daily cause knee related problems? I feel some minor knee pain now a days?

Not sure: If u like to exercise and have no underlying knee problems; give it a try. Start slowly both w/ your pace, intensity and length of workout and gradually build up over a period of weeks. Overuse knee tendinitis will be less likely if u start in " slow". Good luck! ...Read more

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Back of knee pain at the bend gets worse as day goes. It's tight & inflamed could this be as related or something else. Pain for a month gettin worse?

Back of knee pain at the bend gets worse as day goes. It's tight & inflamed could this be as related or something else. Pain for a month gettin worse?

Bakers cyst: There are a number of possibilities, but probably the most common is a bakers cyst; which is a herniation of the posterior aspect of the capsule between two tendons in the back of the knee. It can cause the back of the knee to be swollen, tender, and quite painful. Because having a blood clot is another possibility and can be life threatening, you should be checked. ...Read more

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I have lumbar deg discs.have knee pain when bending knee and instability. could this be related?

I have lumbar deg discs.have knee pain when bending knee and instability.  could this be related?

Not likely: Disc problems can cause nerve pain that radiates down the leg, including over the knee; but they don't usually cause problems with motion or stability in the knee. The main exception to this is if there is such severe nerve compression that atrophy and weakness in the muscles occur, then the knee can feel unstable secondary to weakness. ...Read more

Dr. Frederick Buechel
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Knee Pain (Definition)

Knee pain is a clinical finding in which the joint (where the bones meet) of the knee is painful to move. This can occur with Injury, arthritis, crystal build up in joints, ...Read more