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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

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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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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Two neg dopplers pain behind knee mainly when sitting no swelling petrified they missed something chances of them missing clot behind knee?

Two neg dopplers pain behind knee mainly when sitting no swelling petrified they missed something chances of them missing clot behind knee?

Likely not clot: I am not an orthopedic surgeon but I would think that your pain is likely secondary to some strain of your knee ligaments/other structures of the knee. Blood clots would be in the deep veins of the lower leg, not so much behind the knee/calf circumference increased. I would think most folks would have an aching sensation, not just sitting. Antegrade venogram would be more definitive. See ur M.D ...Read more

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L5-S1 microdiscectomy Fri for left leg sciatic pain. Calf/foot pain relief w/some thigh/behind knee pain. Pain less AM but sharp pain down left leg into foot w/pain level of 9.5 & hurts sitting/lying.

Microdiskectomy: Give it some time; sometimes simply moving the roots around can upset the lumbar plexus and give you intermittent (even quite severe) pain, although it resolves within a week or two. Getting to the disk requires mobilization of the roots and inflammatory changes from that- or the disk herniation- itself can give this pain. As long as bowel and bladder OK, hopefully this will resolve also. Best! ...Read more

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Cause of pain behind knee after folding or stretching left leg?

Hamstring: Pain behind the knee w/ ' stretching' your leg may be due to hamstring irritation/ injury, undiagnosed bakers' cysts, and other causes. See your md for evaluation if no improvement or go to er if pain / swelling worsen (dvt work - up). ...Read more

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Pain behind knee after 1 month post ACL surgery. Pain meds aren't working?

Pain behind knee after 1 month post ACL surgery. Pain meds aren't working?

See your surgeon: Not unusual to still have some pain at 1 month. Difficult to say without an evaluation. See your surgeon. ...Read more

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Pain behind knee for a few days?

Pain behind knee for a few days?

Many: Should see your md or rheum or ortho for eval which would include ultrasoud ;potential causes are bakers cyst;phlebitis ;arterial disease;referred pain from the back, etc. ...Read more

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Sharp nerve like pain behind knee?

Sharp nerve like pain behind knee?

See doctor: There are a number of things he can cause pain like that from knee joint problems to vascular problems. I would get into see a regular doctor or an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I am having pinching pain behind knee?

What does it mean if I am having pinching pain behind knee?

There must be a crab: Maybe there's a crab there. You're not too far from maryland. Seriously, there can be many many possibilities including a cyst, nerve irritation, muscle tear or tightness. If it is persistent then see your doc. ...Read more

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Sharp nerve like pain behind knee. Every so often. Not constant?

Sharp nerve like pain behind knee. Every so often. Not constant?

See doctor: I would get into see either your primary care physician or an orthopedic surgeon if the problem persists. ...Read more

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Severe knee pain when sitting down and getting up since becoming sedentary. Should I add height to chair bottom?

Severe knee pain when sitting down and getting up since becoming sedentary. Should I add height to chair bottom?

You knees - gelling: We call this gelling when you sit a while and your joints get stiff like gello after setting. This can be related to knee joint arthritis, or knee bursitis or tendonitis. We do have lift chairs to help people awith knee and hip pain get out of a chair and adding height can help. Getting off the toilet can be a problem and there are raised toilet seats but you need an evaluation, x-rays. ...Read more

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Knee pain from sitting/standing at work. Nothing vigorous or no bending or twisting. Possibilities?? Suggestions?? Thanks

Arthritis, get eval: At 76 yo, unless there is diabetes, the most common problem is degenerative joint disease, arthritis. See an orthopedist for X rays and manual examination. Injections, physical therapy, topical and oral options can offer significant relief. Get going! ...Read more

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Where I up I am constantly getting up and down to get stuff from the printer. Now my knees hurt, and I get a back knee pain near the behind area??

Where I up I am constantly getting up and down to get stuff from the printer. Now my knees hurt, and I get a back knee pain near the behind area??

Probably overuse: Since this involves both knees, it is probably from overuse, especially since only the back of the knee. Take more frequent breaks to get up and walk around. Perform simple range of motion activities by moving the knee through full range of motion and stretch at the limits of motion when fully straight and fully bent. Ice may help if pain persists. Apply ice to painful area 15-20 min/hour. ...Read more

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I had tkr with no residual pain, and stable after 6 months, now pain behind knee and it gives out?

I had tkr with no residual pain, and stable after 6 months, now pain behind knee and it gives out?

See Ortho: You must discuss this with the orthopedic surgeon as these symptoms warrant attention. ...Read more

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Knee pain on the side and back of the knee. Pains while standing ip from sitting position and while walking downstairs.

Knee pain on the side and back of the knee. Pains while standing ip from sitting position and while walking downstairs.

Knee pain: Sounds like patellofemoral (PF) syndrome. I'd see a physician to rule out if you have a potential meniscus tear or any other internal derangement, but if it is isolated PF pain, you may need some physical therapy. ...Read more

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I have a displaced meniscus and a lot of knee pain worse when sitting?

I have a displaced meniscus and a lot of knee pain worse when sitting?

Meniscus: See your orthopedic surgeon for partial meniscectomy/repair if you have mechanical symptoms of locking or painful clicking. ...Read more

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Dull aching pain behind knee right above the crease. Woke up with it?

Home remedy: Sounds very non -specific. Specific diagnosis difficult without physical exam of the area. Apply a little ice and take 600mg Ibuprofen with food. If not improving over next few days see PCP for a check up. ...Read more

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Pain behind knee when standing for too long. What can I do to prevent this?

Pain behind knee when standing for too long. What can I do to prevent this?

Stretching: You probably need to do some knee stretching. You could also have a bakers cyst. That cyst can be a sign of arthritis. I would get it checked out. ...Read more

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What could it be when a 6 year old has frequent knee pain, behind the knees, where she is crying in pain?

Many reasons: There is a whole list of possibilities for this pain. I would seek the attention of a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon immediately. ...Read more

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What would cause progressively worse knee pain that stems from behind the knee? It is painful to bend and to walk?

Baker's cyst?: Several causes of pain behind the knee. I assume no recent trauma--you may have a baker's cyst--basically a collection of joint fluid extruded outside of the joint and formed sack there behind the knee...As it enlarges, it can cause pain and reduces ability to bend the knee.
A bit clot in the back can do so as well, but you don't have other symptoms to suggest that.
Consult your doc.
Good luck. ...Read more

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I have recently started running and have developed knee pain, especially behind my left knee. I've stopped running but what else can I do?

I have recently started running and have developed knee pain, especially behind my left knee. I've stopped running but what else can I do?

Strengthen: Quadriceps muscles and tape your kneecap based on the direction it goes when your walk or run. This can be accomplished by seeing a sports training physical therapy program. If this isn't helping then consider evaluation by an orthopedic sports medicine specialist. ...Read more

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I have knee pain when going down stairs, sitting indian style, or straightening my leg when it has been bent for awhile. What could this be?

I have knee pain when going down stairs, sitting indian style, or straightening my leg when it has been bent for awhile. What could this be?

OA vs PFPS: Two possibilities are most likely. The first is osteoarthritis, or wear and tear ("rust in the joint"). This is usually in middle-age people but can occur earlier with excessive use. Another option is patellofemoral pain syndrome, or inflammation where the kneecap tracks on the femur (upper leg bone). In most people, these can both be helped with antinflammatory meds and quad strengthening. ...Read more

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Discomfort all about knee especially just above knee & to outside of it. Feels like tight squeezing when knee is bent. Some pain behind knee too.

Discomfort all about knee especially just above knee & to outside of it. Feels like tight squeezing when knee is bent. Some pain behind knee too.

Swelling?: Sounds like the knee is swollen and the tightness is because of the fluid in the joint. I would have a doctor (Urgent care or PCP) check it out and determine what should be done and how to treat the discomfort. ...Read more