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Knee pain: when should I call my doctor?

DisruptedCapitalistDisruptedCapitalist Registered User regular
So I think I blew some ligament out in my knee this morning because it hurts like a motherfucker and I can't really handle stairs or running anymore.

Is this something I can treat with an ice pack and a knee brace or should I call my doctor? (Especially since it's almost the weekend and I may not be able to call him until Monday.)

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  • MyiagrosMyiagros Registered User regular
    I hurt my knee last summer, not too bad but enough that I couldn't do much for 3+ months.

    With a torn muscle it would be quite swollen, I partially tore a quad and my knee was 1.5x the size of the other. All they told me was to take some Advil\Aleve and ice it, after 5 days or so I was able to start walking better on it but it stayed swollen for at least a month.

    If it was ACL\MCL then your knee would not have support on the inside or outside. You could get a knee brace to help with in in the meantime, there is usually just 2 options in the long run for that and it is surgery or wear a brace.

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  • CelestialBadgerCelestialBadger Registered User regular
    Unless you don't have the money, why not go to the doctor? These sports injuries get worse if they are not treated in a timely fashion.

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  • XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    Having suffered through intense knee pain, I can give you this advice.

    Day 1: Ice for 20 minutes at a time, NSAIDs at recommended doses, rest, and generally speaking, don't move it a lot.

    Day 2: If you're not a decent amount better, go to a good sports therapy type doctor.

    Day 3: Do whatever that doctor says.


    FYI, I had one of the weirdest injuries the doctor had ever seen. Because there was no injury.

    Woke up one day and my knee hurt. Next day it hurt BAD. Next day, WORSE.

    Then the swelling started. Doc asked what I did to it, and I replied 'nothing' (because that was the truth).

    In the end, I ended up in a knee brace for a couple weeks after they drained a cup of fluid out of my left knee WHICH FUCKING HURT.

    Nurse asked me if I was going to pass out cause I was shaking so bad. I told her I had no idea.

    (I was manly and didn't pass out) (but I did accept their juice box and cookies)

  • DecomposeyDecomposey Registered User regular
    If you can afford to and have even a lick of common sense, go and see the doctor.

    However, I myself just got over hurting my knees (both of them) running, Was barely able to hobble for 2-3 weeks, with serious constant pain. Felt like I was being stabbed and jackhammered in the knees with every step I took. But after the 2-3 weeks of rest, ice, elevation, the pain began to subside very quickly in a few days until I was back to walking jsut fine. I never went to visit the doctor because I am stubborn as a sentient brick, but there is a very good chance that even though it cleared up on its own, a doctors advice, prescriptions, or injections could have cut that recovery time but a considerable margin.

    Before following any advice, opinions, or thoughts I may have expressed in the above post, be warned: I found Keven Costners "Waterworld" to be a very entertaining film.
  • DisruptedCapitalistDisruptedCapitalist Registered User regular
    edited May 2014
    Well it's not really a matter of money, it's more a matter of convenience and time.

    Anyway, I put some ice on it and took some ibuprofen, I figure I can last until Monday cuz it doesn't seem so bad now.

    Edit: welllll, I'll call the nurse hotline at my doctor's office and see what they think.

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  • ThundyrkatzThundyrkatz Registered User regular
    So, funny story. I was in Cancun and i slipped by the pool and my knee folded under me and torn MCL. Good times.

    Day 2 i am by the pool, taking it easy cause i did not want to go to a hospital in Mexico. BOOM weakened knee went out on me again and more damage ensued!

    you need your knee most of the time, so don't fool around. a little inconvenient now will save you tons of potential problems later.

  • WindburnWindburn Registered User regular
    Can you be a little more specific about what happened?

    Where does it hurt exactly? What makes it worse?

    When you say you can't handle stairs or running, is it because of pain or instability?

    If you can give me a solid history, I can narrow the differential quite a bit for you (basically from "give it a few days rest" to "go to the ER, tonight").

  • SoggybiscuitSoggybiscuit At the edge of spacetime lies a path with no end.Registered User regular
    Unless you don't have the money, why not go to the doctor? These sports injuries get worse if they are not treated in a timely fashion.

    This, 100%. Knee injuries are not trivial things. Get to a doctor/rapid care facility/ER and have them look at it.

    Here is my experience with a knee injury:

    I hyper-extended my right knee about 7 years ago and that leg hasn't been right since. For example, in the proceeding 7 years, I've hyper-extended the same knee about 4 other times - one incident as recently as three weeks ago, just walking down some steps. I couldn't walk for a hour, lost full range of motion for a week, and it hurt for about 2 weeks after. Occasionally I'll get painful muscle spasms when I stretch that leg as well (and only that leg). And the really fun part? It pops loudly when I walk now!

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  • ceresceres When the last moon is cast over the last star of morning And the future has past without even a last desperate warningRegistered User, Moderator mod
    Things I do not mess around with:

    my spine
    my knees
    my wrists
    my shoulders

    That's just me, but I think those are some of the things I'd miss most if they were gone. If you can't go in over the weekend I'd stay off it till it's all better or you can get in to see someone about it.

    And it seems like all is dying, and would leave the world to mourn
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  • WindburnWindburn Registered User regular

    I hyper-extended my right knee about 7 years ago and that leg hasn't been right since. For example, in the proceeding 7 years, I've hyper-extended the same knee about 4 other times - one incident as recently as three weeks ago, just walking down some steps. I couldn't walk for a hour, lost full range of motion for a week, and it hurt for about 2 weeks after. Occasionally I'll get painful muscle spasms when I stretch that leg as well (and only that leg). And the really fun part? It pops loudly when I walk now!

    This is a good example of something that should be evaluated. Instability points to a ligamentous injury and mechanical symptoms (loud popping) reinforces the potential for internal derangement. Does your knee ever lock on you? When it pops, does it hurt?

    FYI, this sounds like a PCL tear/insufficiency. These aren't always treated surgically, but if it's impacting you significantly, reconstruction is an option.

  • DisruptedCapitalistDisruptedCapitalist Registered User regular
    edited May 2014
    Yeah, so after I wrote that edit I spoke with a nurse who said "you should probably get that checked, how soon can you come?"

    I went, the doctor poked around, said nothing major was busted so he wrapped me up in an ace bandage (which really helped, actually) and told me to take 600mg of ibuprofen for the pain/swelling.

    So today I'm feeling a little better, but I think I'll wrap up my knee again just to make sure it doesn't get stressed while on the mend.

    Lesson learned: better safe than sorry. Thanks all!

    DisruptedCapitalist on
    Xaquin
  • XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    glad you're ok!

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