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Painful Lump On My Knees
Get it checked: There are many possibilities for what this could be. Good idea to have it looked at. A common reason could be baker's cyst - these often don't cause symptoms but can burst and cause pain or get irritating. Joint swelling due to injury or bursitis can cause pain. Vascular issues at the back of the knee can also cause pain - ultrasound can be helpful in evaluating these. ...Read more
I have a very painful lump or knot under my left knee cap. What is this called? I'm having surgery next tuesday to get it removed.
Lymph nodes?: Painful bumps behind the knee could be lymph nodes, which generally appear in response to local inflammation or infection, below that knee for example, like in the shin, calf or foot. If there's no infection or inflammation evident, or if they've been there for more than two weeks, you need to see a local doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more
Baker's Cyst: Pain behind the knee with fullness and pain suggest a possible baker's cyst. A baker's cyst is a natural outpouching of the knee joint that can get full of knee joint fluid and can make it difficult to move the knee. This should however be evaluated by an orthopedic specialist for a proper diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Almost bent my knee the wrong way 2yrs ago & have a hard lump just above the crease of my knee. It doesn't move & is now painful mainly after exercise?
You may have : A bakers cyst. I would recommend you see an orthopedist. A soft tissue mass is another possibility. ...Read more
Varicose Vein?: Based upon your description, the most likely cause for your symptoms is a varicose vein, which is an enlarged vein that can sometimes become thrombosed (have a blood clot in it) and can become inflamed and rarely infected. I would discuss this with your primary physician for additional recommendations and care, but also to rule out a deep venous thrombosis. ...Read more