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What are some possible reasons that my knees and elbows hurt during my menstrual cycle?

What are some possible reasons that my knees and elbows hurt during my menstrual cycle?

Hormones: During your cycle, estrogen, one of many hormones that change levels, can effect the laxity of your ligaments. For this reason, during periods of high estrogen levels, you may feel instability pain from these fluctuations.

Menstrual Cycle (Definition)

The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in bleeding from the vagina. A few weeks later, one ovary releases an egg and the uterine lining thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur at this stage if sperm fertilizes the egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the egg will leave your body and ...Read more


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Could knee instability and menstrual cycle be connected? Knee seems weaker during cycle week - have torn acl. Or is it my imagination?

Could knee instability and menstrual cycle be connected? Knee seems weaker during cycle week - have torn acl. Or is it my imagination?

? Not sure/maybe: This is an intriguing question. I treat or have treated many women w/ acl deficient knees. No patients that I can recall have noted or questioned me on an association between menstrual periods and increased knee instability, but there may be in some patients... Increased estrogen and prog. During pregnancy increase joint'laxity' in the pelvis...Possible it may impact your knee laxity slightly...

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Can your menstrual cycle cause fluid to build up in your knee?

Can your menstrual cycle cause fluid to build up in your knee?

See below: Not likely, something else going on. It would be best to have it checked out.

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I am 46 and have had menstrual cycle for 1 1/2 weeks I had a knee replacement in may and I just started haveing menstrual cycles in july but this is the longest one.

I am 46 and have had menstrual cycle for 1 1/2 weeks I had a knee replacement in may and I just started haveing menstrual cycles in july but this is the longest one.

It depends: After total knee surgery, due to the stress of surgery an blood loss it is not unusual to have changes in the menstrual cycle both frequency and duration as well as intensity of bleeding can be affected. But having said that if you are concerned it is prudent to contact your gynecologist to let him/her check to make sure you do not need d;c.

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Bad knee pain during softball help?

Bad knee pain during softball help?

See details: See an orthopedist and have the knee properly evaluated. There are possible causes in your age group.

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Getting right knee pain and swelling after masturbation. Lay on the bed on the left side during masturabation. Any advice helpful.

Getting right knee pain and swelling after masturbation. Lay on the bed on the left side during masturabation. Any advice helpful.

LOGIC: 'before this, therefore the cause of it' is poor logic. The world is too complicated. A penis is not usually connected to a knee - but knees can swell for lots of reasons. Assuming a normal penis, see a dr about the knee.

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Could it be arthritis? Knee pain, mostly in right knee. Pain out of the blue more during the cold/winter months. Standing, walking and sitting.

Could it be arthritis? Knee pain, mostly in right knee. Pain out of the blue more during the cold/winter months. Standing, walking and sitting.

Unlikely: At your age w/ no other joints apparently affected arthritis is not likely. More likely diagnoses (w/o the benefit of examination) would include patellofemoral pain and tendinitis (among others).If your pain continues see your pcp for evaluation. Good luck!

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He is having right knee pain and during winter knee is making sound in winter season...

He is having right knee pain and during winter knee is making sound in winter season...

Arthritis: Though age of the patient is not stated, description is consistent with osteoarthritis. Wearing out of the knee cartilage leads to crepitations or bone grinding of bone over bone.

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How long during recovery after a knee microfracture surgery does one continue to experience knee pain?

How long during recovery after a knee microfracture surgery does one continue to experience knee pain?

Five months: Post operative pain and swelling are dependant on the location and depth/width of the lesson. Gentle nonweight bearing exercises (stationary bike) are used for the first month, then strengthening is begun. Sports participation should be limited for 4-6 months. Pain and swelling start to improve around 2-3 months past op. At 5 months most people feel pretty good.

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Why is it at night time I have horrible aching knee pain that wakes me up but I don't get it during the day? Its in both knees.

Why is it at night time I have horrible aching knee pain that wakes me up but I don't get it during the day? Its in both knees.

Knee pain at night: Causes may be multifactorial: vascular, radicular from the lower back, autoimmune, inflammatory, referral from the hips, electrolyte imbalance. Have a thorough check up!

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I have occasional knee pain that's even worse during the winter. I ran track for 4 years, but doctors found nothing wrong. Any suggestions?

I have occasional knee pain that's even worse during the winter. I ran track for 4 years, but doctors found nothing wrong. Any suggestions?

Let me try to help: Most likely some arthritis early in type, some time dose not show on the x-ray, if you not be sure you request MRI to done that will show it. Good luck thank you.

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What are some reasons for knee pain during menstration?

What are some reasons for knee pain during menstration?

Estrogen level: Many women with oa, ra, lupus, and fibromyalgia report an increase in joint pain just before or during their periods. This is likely because estrogen levels plummet right before menstruation and rise again after a woman's period is over. "estrogen is believed to be protective against pain, " says dr. Tucker. From the university of kentucky medical center, in lexington.

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Consistent knee pain during exercise and activity. What could be wrong?

Consistent knee pain during exercise and activity. What could be wrong?

Knee Pain: Hard to saw based on your limited information in the question. Did you injury it recently or in the past. Any recent activity or trauma that increased the pain. Did it come on gradually with activity. What part of your knee is it located. Is it swollen? Does it catch or give way? Could be related to tissues outside and around the knee, inside the knee, or referred from above and below knee.

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Good day I noticed a bit of knee pain in my right know, whilst on a treadmill yesterday? Should I avoid a treadmill?

Good day I noticed a bit of knee pain in my right know, whilst on a treadmill yesterday? Should I avoid a treadmill?

Knee pain/ treadmil: Did the knee pain persist or resolve? Treadmill/running does have increased force on the knee, but would evaluate if pain recurs persists, related to flat feet or abnormal knee tracking. You may benefit from taping with kinesiotape or a brace during activity. You may want to do a lower impact like elliptical, stationary bike for a week and resume and half activity, Discuss with a doc/orthopedist

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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.

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During long hike, going uphill was fine. On downhill, sharp knee pain under kneecap. Any ideas? Why only pain on downhill not uphill? Thank you.

During long hike, going uphill was fine. On downhill, sharp knee pain under kneecap. Any ideas? Why only pain on downhill not uphill? Thank you.

Likely: Your patella (kneecap is the issue). Whether its due to arthritis and cartage wear or muscle weakness around the knee is a decision that your and your doctor will discuss. Suggest seeing an musculoskeletal orthopedic specialist to evaluation and treatment.

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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.

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I am 69 yrs old. Male. Have a perennial calf n knee pain at night only during sleep? Hence cannot sleep at night what is d natural cure.

I am 69 yrs old. Male. Have a perennial calf n knee pain at night only during sleep? Hence cannot sleep at night what is d natural cure.

? special exercises: If this is related to knee instability, special exercises to strengthen the large muscles at the front of the thigh will help.

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Menstrual refers to the monthly cycle in women which prepares the female for ovulation, generally once per month, which is that time of month that the egg can be fertilized by the male sperm, for the purpose of reproduction. Menstrual cycles start at the first day of menstruation. (it's always been curious to me that 'menstrual' and ...Read more


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