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Doctor insights on: Numberness At The Left Side Of Right Knee During Sleep

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Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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I awaken with significant right knee pain while sleeping on left side, why?

I awaken with significant right knee pain while sleeping on left side, why?

See your doctor: You could have a host of issues that could cause your knee pain, could be bursitis, tendonitis, arthritis, ligament issues, meniscal injury, sciatica etc. So you may want to see an orthopedic pain specialist that can tell you what is going and help you with the latest treatments available. ...Read more

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At night when I try and sleep my right knee goes kinda numb and seizes up. Its only ever the right side. Sometimes its worse than others. Any advice?

At night when I try and sleep my right knee goes kinda numb and seizes up. Its only ever the right side. Sometimes its worse than others. Any advice?

Get it checked: A number of problems affecting the knee could produce your symptoms. An evaluation by an orthopedist or physiatrist could provide an answer and appropriate management ...Read more

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I fell on my knees 11 weeks ago. My right knee still hurts. Went to see a doctor. She gave me an ortho sleeve to wear on my right knee with a hole in the middle where the patella is. Should I wear it all the time even when I sleep? Wear on left knee too?

I fell on my knees 11 weeks ago. My right knee still hurts. Went to see a doctor. She gave me an ortho sleeve to wear on my right knee with a hole in the middle where the patella is. Should I wear it all the time even when I sleep? Wear on left knee too?

Follow up: If you fell on your knees 11 weeks ago and are still hurting, you may need something more than a simple patellar sleeve brace. You really need a specific diagnosis regarding the nature of the injury and appropriate treatment options. An MRI would probably be of benefit to look into things further. ...Read more

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Pain behind right knee? Sometime in butt down to calf? Numbness in back of ankle. No back pain! Hips hurt when sleep on 1 side to long.

Pain behind right knee? Sometime in butt down to calf? Numbness in back of ankle. No back pain! Hips hurt when sleep on 1 side to long.

Lumbar disk disease: This is the approximate distribution of a sciatica type syndrome. If you have a computer go to google and type in dermatome map. If you look at the dermatome MAP you can see the distribution of where the nerves come from the supply the specific areas mentioned.
If this is that symptomatic you probably need to go in and see your doctor and get a MRI of the lumbar spine for further evaluation. ...Read more

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While sleeping I suffer from chest tightness mainly on the right chest and right elbow pain. I experience right knee pain too. What could be the cause?

While sleeping I suffer from chest tightness mainly on the right chest and right elbow pain. I experience right knee pain too. What could be the cause?

Hard to say: Pains at night can be a normal result of activities during the day, and even arthritis which is commonly worse at night. Chest tightness is a concerning symptom, especially for a man in his mid 40s. It can suggest a serious problem like heart disease, or more commonly, reflux, or something like asthma. You have several things that may or may not relate. As you are suffering, best to get good exam. ...Read more

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26/F. Healthy. Past 2 weeks body itching when overtired, NOT interrupting sleep. Not everyday. Also, sudden right knee pain. Chances of lymphoma?

26/F. Healthy. Past 2 weeks body itching when overtired, NOT interrupting sleep. Not everyday. Also, sudden right knee pain. Chances of lymphoma?

Quite low: Before you activate anxiety symptoms it is a good idea to check into the status of what you already know you have - thyroid issues. See you provider for eval of your levels. Meanwhile, try to avoid situational reasons for being overly tired and consider a knee support cuff. It's good you think of yourself as healthy, but do check thyroid levels and basis for knee pain w/ a provider ASAP. Best! ...Read more

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I have had charlie horse-like pains in my right knee that radiates down the leg. It always seems to happen when I lie down to go to sleep. Any advice?

Maybe internal knee: Hi DRoy
Is your knee otherwise fine? Sometimes inflammation inside the knee can be triggered by changes in position when lying down, and start hurting. Any 'radiating' pain also suggests nerve compression as a source. Try more stretching, but if continues, consult with your PCP. Good luck. ...Read more

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My right knee aches on bending down and walking upstairs on and off for last month? I must admit also have been sleeping on couch for last 3 months.

My right knee aches on bending down and walking upstairs on and off for last month? I must admit also have been sleeping on couch for last 3 months.

Knee Pain: It's possible that you have a meniscal tear in your right knee based only on the symptoms you're describing. There's no way to know for sure without doing a physical exam and maybe even an MRI of the knee. If you think this is due to the way you sleep, then try changing the way you sleep and see if that makes a difference. ...Read more

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Just had knee surgery. A tto on right knee. I wake up in the middle of the night to enormous pain due to sleeping in the same position. Knee is braced?

Just had knee surgery. A tto on right knee. I wake up in the middle of the night to enormous pain due to sleeping in the same position. Knee is braced?

How long?: Muscles and tendons stiffen related to the recent surgery and inflammation. Continued movement prevents this such as in patients that can those mobilizers. This can help. Also planned waking at night to stretch can be helpful. Make sure knee is supported with pillow during night to prevent stretch. Talk to your doctor/surgeon. ...Read more

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Got injected with cortisone for bursitis in my right knee, 5 hours later my patellar tendon hurts like crazy! What could it be? Didn't let me sleep.

Got injected with cortisone for bursitis in my right knee, 5 hours later my patellar tendon hurts like crazy! What could it be? Didn't let me sleep.

Postinjection flare: This could represent postinjection flare, a recognized complication of musculoskektal steroid injections. It can begin several hours after the injection and last for days. Anti-inflammatory medication and ice may help. While more serious complications such as infection can present similarly, infection does not start to cause pain until about 48 hours after. It is best to inform your doctor. ...Read more

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Oa of right knee. Aches while walking and turning right leg in sleep. Carrying out preliminary leg exercises.

Oa of right knee. Aches while walking and turning right leg in sleep. Carrying out preliminary leg exercises.

Exercise: The exercise is good but you may want to try non weight bearing exercises like swimming or pool areobics. A knee wrap or analgesic balm can be helpful at night. Otc meds like aleve (naproxen) are also helpful but take with food. And finally, I use a herbal product available online by the name of ' pains all gone' I keep a bottle at my bedside and a bottle in the office to use when regular meds fail. ...Read more

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Right knee locks up in my sleep. I sleep on my stomach usually and when this happens I need help to roll over onto my back. The pain is excruciating?

Right knee locks up in my sleep. I sleep on my stomach usually and when this happens I need help to roll over onto my back. The pain is excruciating?

Knee joint or muscl: The locking may be cartilage in the knee. Or could be muscular leg cramps. You will need an evaluation to be certain these is not an internal derangement of the knee ...Read more

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Got RA. Have severe pain right knee can't walk can't sleep hurts bad. Had this nonstop for over week. Tried heat, cold, and on meds nd prednisone. Help?

Got RA. Have severe pain right knee can't walk can't sleep hurts bad. Had this nonstop for over week. Tried heat, cold, and on meds nd prednisone. Help?

May be an infection: You might have a septic joint hence the lack of response to your usual meds. You are on immunosuppressive medications so at greater risk for infection. Suggest you have your doctor examine your knee as soon as possible. ...Read more

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My right knee cap became numb today. The best way I can describe the feeling is the same feeling if your foot fell asleep. What could this be?

My right knee cap became numb today. The best way I can describe the feeling is the same feeling if your foot fell asleep. What could this be?

Nerve: Numbness typically means a nerve problem. If you have been kneeling or had a direct blow to the knee, then a superficial/skin nerve could have sustained some damage. Also, a "pinched" or inflamed nerve from the low back, especially around the L3-L4 or L4-L5 levels can cause knee numbness. If persistent, seek help. If I can help, then join my care team at www. Healthtap. Com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more

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3 Months - On and off tingly hands, lightheadness, tight right knee, floaters in eyes, hands fall asleep at night, - Brain MRI completely normal - MS?

3 Months - On and off tingly hands, lightheadness, tight right knee, floaters in eyes, hands fall asleep at night, - Brain MRI completely normal - MS?

Tingly hands: The symptoms of tingly hands and hands falling asleep at night may mean you have carpal tunnel syndrome. Having these symptoms and a normal brain MRI probably means you do not have MS.

The symptom of floaters is not common for MS. Tightness in the right knee does not normally suggest MS. Lightheadedness is caused by so many things, too many to list. ...Read more

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3 Months - On and off tingly hands, lightheadness, tight right knee, floaters in eyes, hands fall asleep at night, Brain MRI completely normal - PPMS?

PPMS: No - these are not the symptoms of PPMS, but you could have some knee soreness, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Tell your providers about your symptoms, let them help you take care of them. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I have constant numbing tingling at times burning pain and weakness below elbow to fingers and below knees. Worsen during sleep?

I have constant numbing tingling at times burning pain and weakness below elbow to fingers and below knees. Worsen during sleep?

Vague: Depending upon the duration of your issues, I would see a dr. Asap whom may refer you to a neurologist. You may need some tests done. Could be a pinched nerve, but impossible to tell without a history and exam. ...Read more

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Nerve sprain in the left side of right knee...When the pain is sever the pain extends to right side of the lower back n right feet...

Nerve sprain in the left side of right knee...When the pain is sever the pain extends to right side of the lower back n right feet...

Lumbar spine MRI: The pattern of pain described above is most likely due to lumbar radiculopathy (pinched nerve in the lower back). A lumbar spine MRI is needed. A superimposed knee problem may be present as well. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with cmp, 24/7 pain in the left side of right knee, no pain with stairs, is that true diagnosing?! MRI normal

Maybe: Chondromalacia of the knee can occur in your age group but typically it does hurt with stairs you're correct. If the MRI was normal it could be cmp at this point making it better is probably most important thing. I would work on gentle stretching and strengthening of your quadriceps muscle. Also taking an anti-inflammatory. ...Read more

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I fell at work about a month ago on my right knee. It twisted when I fell. Sharp pains on left side of right knee. Swelling too. Had MRI? Torn meniscus

I fell at work about a month ago on my right knee. It twisted when I fell. Sharp pains on left side of right knee. Swelling too. Had MRI? Torn meniscus

Yes: Just because you have a torn meniscus does not always mean you need surgery. You will need physical therapy, and exercise as the most important part of your therapy program. You need to discuss this with your physician so that you are given the appropriate therapy. ...Read more

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I'm a 15 yr old girl, knee pain in left side of right knee, pt & medication do nothing, MRI showed very slight bone marrow edema. What could it be?

I'm a 15 yr old girl, knee pain in left side of right knee, pt & medication do nothing, MRI showed very slight bone marrow edema. What could it be?

If you're under 16yr: Thanks for your interest in healthtap. Your question might not get answered if you are under age 16 years and writing your own questions. Have a trusted adult or parent submit your questions, using your account to ask about your concerns. There are many pediatricians on healthtap with a great deal of expertise, but they look for questions submitted by adults on behalf of teens or younger children. ...Read more