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Old 08-10-2018, 11:04 PM
 
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my throbbing knee pain turned out to be a torn meniscus.
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Old 08-11-2018, 06:40 AM
 
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I can't imagine that I did anything to my knee physically so I think that is out. Also I am not up for knee surgery anyway and wouldn't consider it in anything but the most extreme circumstances.

I will say yesterday was dry and it was improved.

It also seems equal in each knee so it seems something more chronic than acute.

I would love to lose weight but easier said than done.
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Old 08-11-2018, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I have recently had some pretty nasty knee pain. It is mostly of the runners knee kind. Where it hurts to get up from a seated position or go up or down stairs.

It seems like a short term thing... like 8 weeks or something.

At the same time, it has been super unusually humid here. So humid that the ac needs to stay on most of the time even though it isn't hot.

Could the humidity be causing the problem? It feels like both joints on the knee are equally effected.
Of course humidity can cause this but only if there is an underlining reason. I would suggest you talk to your Primary care doctor who will most likely refer you to a specialist. sounds like you may be developing arthritis which mean knee replacement sometime but that will be up to you. It is always considered elective surgery If this is the case, you will know when the time is right to consider surgery
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Old 08-11-2018, 10:05 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I can't imagine that I did anything to my knee physically so I think that is out. Also I am not up for knee surgery anyway and wouldn't consider it in anything but the most extreme circumstances.

I will say yesterday was dry and it was improved.

It also seems equal in each knee so it seems something more chronic than acute.

I would love to lose weight but easier said than done.
It doesn't always take an incident you remember to have an injury to your knees. I say that because I had severe knee pain years ago that turned out to be a torn meniscus, and I have no idea how that came to be.

I did with that knee pain what I tend to do with those things, I denied it at first ("it can't be, I am too busy to have to fuss with such things, ignored it for a while, figured ignoring it would make it go away, and so on). Then I figured the old standbys of ice, rest, and judicious use of NSAIDS couldn't hurt anything and this did help the pain for a while.

But I finally broke down, found an orthopedic doc willing to treat old lady knees,(so many of them where we lived were "specialized" and only treated sports injuries) had an MRI and that's how we found the torn meniscus. Interestingly enough, with the length of time it took to get those results, and see the doctor again, my knee pain started to get better, and the doctor offered me the option to go ahead with surgery to repair the meniscus or to wait to see if it got better on its own. I chose the latter option, and it did get better. I have no idea if this helped it get better or not, but I also started taking a glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate supplement, did that for quite a while, along with the ice and bracing when I had to walk a great deal. It did get to the point where the pain was gone, with no joint instability or any of the other miseries sometimes associated with torn menisci.

I still have a little knee pain, mostly discomfort there on occasion, especially when I go down stairs, but it's nothing I can't handle.

I'm not saying your knee pain is from torn meniscus (menisci), it could be so many things. And if the pain persists and/or inhibits your mobility I'd say seeing an orthopedic doc (get recommendations from your family, friends, neighbors, or others close to you) would be a good idea, to see what it might be and what you might do about it.

In the meantime, you can diminish the pain a little, help what ails your knee (s) by resting it (with your leg elevated), putting ice packs on the affected areas, and taking NSAIDS ( such as Ibupropen, Naproxin-this would be Motrin, Aleve, or their generic products) as you can tolerate.

Good luck witb your knees, and hopefully it'll be a temporary inconvenience.
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Old 08-11-2018, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Cedar Park, TX
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my throbbing knee pain turned out to be a torn meniscus.



My Other Half is going to have surgery to repair a torn meniscus next week. He originally hurt it just by walking down a flight of stairs. It healed, was okay for awhile, was able to bike, run and be active but reinjured it just stepping off a curb the wrong way a few months ago. Tried to manage it conservatively with rest, steroid shots and ice. It would be ok for a week or so but just a random walk up stairs or a misstep started the pain and swelling again. He decided to go for the repair and hopefully get back to being active again.
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Old 08-11-2018, 10:32 AM
 
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My Other Half is going to have surgery to repair a torn meniscus next week. He originally hurt it just by walking down a flight of stairs. It healed, was okay for awhile, was able to bike, run and be active but reinjured it just stepping off a curb the wrong way a few months ago. Tried to manage it conservatively with rest, steroid shots and ice. It would be ok for a week or so but just a random walk up stairs or a misstep started the pain and swelling again. He decided to go for the repair and hopefully get back to being active again.
Often one has to become LESS active to save their joints. Good to be active but....so many overdo it and their joints suffer. A male friend who has done one replacement of knee or maybe both blames his years of gym and squats and heavy weights. After all the surgeries, he's still in a lot of pain and stiffness.
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Old 08-11-2018, 11:55 AM
 
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I have had a torn meniscus twice in my right knee and it takes about 9 months to a year to heal. My doc said to avoid the surgery if at all possible. I read that you can generally let them heal unless the knee is catching, or clicking. The knee heals slow because it does not get a lot of blood flow. The last time I had a tear, I had a shot of cortisone in the knee and it really helped the recovery. I have found that biking really helps my knees. The thing that is hard on the knees is sitting for long periods of times. They need movement to work properly.
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Old 08-11-2018, 12:03 PM
 
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I have had a torn meniscus twice in my right knee and it takes about 9 months to a year to heal. My doc said to avoid the surgery if at all possible. I read that you can generally let them heal unless the knee is catching, or clicking. The knee heals slow because it does not get a lot of blood flow. The last time I had a tear, I had a shot of cortisone in the knee and it really helped the recovery. I have found that biking really helps my knees. The thing that is hard on the knees is sitting for long periods of times. They need movement to work properly.
This is where PRP works from what I hear about this work. Caution on too much cortisone as it weakens cartilage. I won't do them.
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Old 08-11-2018, 01:05 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I have had a torn meniscus twice in my right knee and it takes about 9 months to a year to heal. My doc said to avoid the surgery if at all possible. I read that you can generally let them heal unless the knee is catching, or clicking. The knee heals slow because it does not get a lot of blood flow. The last time I had a tear, I had a shot of cortisone in the knee and it really helped the recovery. I have found that biking really helps my knees. The thing that is hard on the knees is sitting for long periods of times. They need movement to work properly.
I regularly ( about 45-50 minutes 5 days per week) exercise on a combination elliptical/ recumbent bike machine I have at home, have done this this for about 4 yrs now. I've noticed much fewer knee issues, and an amazing increase in my overall mobility, and flexibility since I have done this. I also do a lot of walking.
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Old 08-11-2018, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Cedar Park, TX
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I have had a torn meniscus twice in my right knee and it takes about 9 months to a year to heal. My doc said to avoid the surgery if at all possible. I read that you can generally let them heal unless the knee is catching, or clicking. The knee heals slow because it does not get a lot of blood flow. The last time I had a tear, I had a shot of cortisone in the knee and it really helped the recovery. I have found that biking really helps my knees. The thing that is hard on the knees is sitting for long periods of times. They need movement to work properly.

Yes, he has the clicking. Swelling comes and goes. Fluid drained off a few times and a couple of cortisone shots. Heck, one time was out fishing after a few weeks resting and reinjured just walking a hill back from the lake! Hasn't been as active the last six months but, yes, biking is one thing he has been able to do!
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