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My knee was swollen for yrs. rheumy drained/steroid shot it. Lasted 8 months. Went to sleep & woke up swollen again. Neg bloods but is it RA or simila?
Unlikely to be RA: RA ( rheumatoid arthritis) it is a chronic inflammatory destructive polyarthritis that affects mostly the smaller joints of hands and feet. Usually does not have periods of resolution or remission without proper treatment ( DMARDs and others that are taking every day). Monoarthritis like one knee usually can be due to Lyme or crystalline diseases like gout or pseudogout. ...Read more
Sudden knee pain: Pain with random movements of the knee is going to probably be related to what you were specifically doing at the time. If you were jumping, squatting or twisting it could help with the diagnosis. Also if there are mechanical symptoms: locking , catching, popping, clicking or giving out ; will also help diagnosing your problem. I find dancers often have patella tendonitis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
May help, May hurt: P90x is a great home fitness program i also enjoy but its not for everyone. The plyometrics routine has several high impact jumps that could cause knee pain and injuries while the leg workout has great strengthening exercises that help stabilize the knee. An exercise physiologists can evaluate your personal workout needs along with your dr to help ensure the routine is safe for you & your joints. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Long list: Pain can also be referred from back or hip. Common inside knee pain could be due arthritis, medial meniscus tear, strain of the ligament (mcl), inflammation of hamstring tendons, bursitis, plica, or knee cap region wear/tendonitis. Pain outside may be due to arthritis, lateral meniscus tear, strain of ligament (lcl), itband syndrome, popliteus tendinitis, knee cap region wear or tendonitis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Inflammation: Knee swelling is an inflammatory response to some type of knee injury (fracture, ligament tear, etc.) , degenerative condition (osteoarthritis) or inflammatory condition (gout, rheumatoid arthritis, infection). The most common causes include osteoarthritis, meniscal tears and injury to the cartilage that covers the bone called chondromalacia. It is important to see a physician to uncover causes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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