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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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Knee Pain (Definition)

The knee joint is the joint between three bone of the lower leg: the proximal tibia, the distal femur, and the patella. There are multiple causes of knee pain including degenerative, ...Read more


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I have had knee pain only at night when I try to lay on my side and lay the inner part of my knee on the mattress. The only way I can sleep is turning on my opposite side and keeping the painful leg off the mattress.?

I have had knee pain only at night when I try to lay on my side and lay the inner part of my knee on the mattress. The only way I can sleep is turning on my opposite side and keeping the painful leg off the mattress.?

Hamstring tendinitis: While there may be many causes of this pain, two very common sources is hamstring tendinitis that occurs from limping. The limping is often caused by weakness of the quad muscles, but can also be caused by knee problems such as arthritis. If you have had a fall recently, the cause can also be an mcl tear. To isolate the problem, a trip to your friendly neighborhood orthopedist may be helpful. ...Read more

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Experiencing knee pain but only at night when I lay down to go to sleep. No previous knee injuries. What could be causing this? I'm not overweight.

Experiencing knee pain but only at night when I lay down to go to sleep. No previous knee injuries. What could be causing this? I'm not overweight.

Many reasons: Patellar tendinitis, fat pad irritation, ligament injury or Osteoarthritis (unlikely at your age) can cause night time pain. See your doctor for X-rays and further evaluation. Meanwhile Ibuprofen might help. ...Read more

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I am 21 years old and every year when it starts to get cold I get severe knee pain at night. What does that signify?

I am 21 years old and every year when it starts to get cold I get severe knee pain at night. What does that signify?

Inflammation probabe: There is no scintific evidence why some people get pain in the knees when it gets cold, it seems you get some inflammation in the knee joints and you may take Aleve (naproxen) or Motrin to relive these symptoms if you are not allegic and can tolerate it
but people with preexisting arthritis can feel the pain get worse or start when it gets cold
so have it checked by your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you tell me some causes of inside knee pain, at night, gets better if I walk around, hurts again, repeat walking?

Can you tell me some causes of inside knee pain, at night, gets better if I walk around, hurts again, repeat walking?

Many: Usually this involves either an inflammatory issue (arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, synovitis) or an injury to the cartilage (meniscus tear or articular cartilage damage). Of these, the most common are arthritis and meniscus tears. ...Read more

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6 yr old has sever knee pain at night and cant walk?

6 yr old has sever knee pain at night and cant walk?

Knee pain: Knee pain, swelling, redness, and warmth can be signs of a serious infection. Any child who cannot walk from pain should be seen promptly by a doctor. ...Read more

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What could cause of knee pain in the middle of the night?

What could cause of knee pain in the middle of the night?

Nocturnal knee pain: Usually arthritis is the culprit, making it difficult to find a comfortable position at night. Try a pillow between the knees. Check with an orthopedic surgeon for exam and xray to make sure there is nothing more ominous such as a tumor, albeit rare. ...Read more

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Knee pain much worse sitting or in bed at night--behind the knee?

Knee pain much worse sitting or in bed at night--behind the knee?

Likely tendonitis: Pain that is worse at rest and at night may be tendonitis. The hamstring tendons attach behind the knee and if inflamed may be the cause of your pain. Stretching and anti-inflammatories are a good place to start. ...Read more

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Knee pain behind the knee-not walking most sitting and in bed at night...?

Knee pain behind the knee-not walking most sitting and in bed at night...?

A few thoughts: You have to consider what is behind the knee. There are blood vessels, tendons, muscles, knee joint. You have to consider each of these. When you are evaluated these will be looked at to try to clarify your symptoms. ...Read more

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I'm having terrible knee pain that I can't sleep at night, been having it for some time now. Done tests & all results were fine. Pls help?

I'm having terrible knee pain that I can't sleep at night, been having it for some time now. Done tests & all results were fine. Pls help?

DJD: By age 50 virtually everyone has signs of degeneration in the anterior compartment of the knee- the patella and tendon, bursa and ligaments. The important question to ask is what is your body weight? The knees are sensitive to mechanical loads as the bodies center of gravity. You reference pregnancy and possible weight gain. If X-rays and exam are normal try a knee sleeve & topical NSAID's. ...Read more

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Had knee pain 2 years ago had knee scope and had a lot of rough tissue scraped out now waking up in middle of night with same knee pain. Would scope he?

Had knee pain 2 years ago had knee scope and had a lot of rough tissue scraped out now waking up in middle of night with same knee pain. Would scope he?

Knee pain: More than likely you have ongoing degeneration of the knee. There are other options that may be considered - Steroid injection into the knee joint, Stem Cell/PRP injection into the knee joint. ...Read more

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Dull Knee pain that wakes me up at night and hard to go back to sleep?

Dull Knee pain that wakes me up at night and hard to go back to sleep?

See Ortho if Needed: Usually most pain resolves on its own, however if it persists or you have swelling noted you may want to see an orthopedic doctor to evaluate it further. Use Ibuprofen or aleve (naproxen) around the clock for the next several days to help as well. ...Read more

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What could cause my 2 year old to be waking up at night crying about knee pain?

Many things: This could be a benign growing pain, or it could be a more serious problem. Growing pains tend to be at night, more in the middle of long bones, resolve with massage and tylenol/ibuprofen. If your child has any associated daytime limp, persistent complaint, avoids activity, or any swelling or redness notable in the extremity, or fever then this needs immediate attention by your physician. ...Read more

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I am 31 and I have knee pain every night for years now could I have arthritis how can I find out?

I am 31 and I have knee pain every night for years now could I have arthritis how can I find out?

Arthritis work-up: It could be osteoarthritis which is simply the wear and tear type. It also could be an inflammatory arthritis such as Rheumatoid arthritis or Lupus or Psoriatic arthritis. You should get an x-ray and some bloodwork such as a rheumatoid factor, ANA-looking for lupus, ESR, TSH, and CBC at a minimum. This will provide your doctor a lot of information and will be a start in the workup of the knee pain. ...Read more

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What can cause nightly knee pain? I'm fine during the day, but at night, I'm getting excruciating pain in my right knee.

Let me try to help: An osteoid osteoma causes a dull aching pain. The pain is moderately intensity, but can be severe, especially at night.
Check it out. ...Read more

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Yesterday I had severe inner knee pain I couldn't bend it or straiten it I elevated it last night today little knee pain and calf pain?

Yesterday I had severe inner knee pain I couldn't bend it or straiten it I elevated it last night today little knee pain and calf pain?

See below: It could be arthritis or injury. We would need detail such whether or not your knee was swollen which would help us better determine what is going on. ...Read more

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What would cause rt burning knee pain to wake me up in the middle of the night. Pain is relieved with extension but brutal to get to so. No injury.

What would cause rt burning knee pain to wake me up in the middle of the night. Pain is relieved with extension but brutal to get to so. No injury.

Knee pain: Several possibilities and this requires a good physical exam followed by imaging to make a probable diagnosis. I would suspect a patellar and/or tendon issue more than an intra-articular problem. See an orthopedist. It will probably only get worse if you try to ignore it. ...Read more

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Hot flushes constantly. Also, battling with severe knee pain at rest which constantly wakes me during the night. Hot & cold during night. What is it?

Hot flushes constantly. Also, battling with severe knee pain at rest which constantly wakes me during the night. Hot & cold during night. What is it?

Clearly: You are going thru menopause. Possibly some arthritis of knees. Sounds like you need to see the gynecologist and orthopedist. Bring a good book for the waiting rooms. ...Read more

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Hi I have a huge problem for about a year now I expericed knee pain and hip pin but it wasent till last night when my whole body starts to pain in eve?

Hi I have a huge problem for about a year now I expericed knee pain and hip pin but it wasent till last night when my whole body starts to pain in eve?

See a Doctor: I wish I could help more, but acute onset of full body pain is difficult to diagnose without a thorough history and physical exam. It may be anything from a virus to a toxin to rheumatic disease, just too hard to tell from this information. I hope everything turns out okay and you feel better soon. Best of luck. ...Read more

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What could cause throbbing knee pain at rest or when you lay down at night?

What could cause throbbing knee pain at rest or when you lay down at night?

Early arthritis?: Especially if u wake with some minor ssx which clears with activity. This is due 2 any inflammation which causes fluid buildup @ nite.? Does ur orthopedic surgeon or rheumatologist say? ...Read more

Nocturnal (Definition)

This term is used to note that something ...Read more