Hey there TSR. I have injured my knees recently, and they aren't healing as fast as I'd have thought they would.
Bit of Background: I've had dodgy knees for a long time now (I'm coming up to being 18 in february and had knees that hurt when I tried breast-stroke for around 5-8 years). I have heard in a few places that swimmers often get bad knees and that would fit with me, certainly, my knees were fine until a couple of years swimming 3 times(hours) a week for my club. I have cycled a lot in the past year and few months as my way of getting to college (4-5miles each way).
About a month and a half ago I hurt my left knee. I suspect it was diving in from block starts at a swimming session (the last 15minutes or so were block starts only) but it only started to ache/hurt when I got home so it could've been any number of things. I couldn't walk up stairs properly for a couple of weeks when I'd usually be running up them 2-3 steps at a time, couldn't bend it all while putting any weight on it at all without extreme pain. That extreme pain has gone now (went within 3 weeks) but around the same time my right knee started to ache (maybe I was subconsciously using it more? I don't know). After another week, i went to my GP who examined both knees and told me he thought I had Bursitis behind my kneecaps and that swimming should be fine provided I take it easy and don't do any block starts (great!). I have since come home and whilst I haven't been swimming yet because of exams I can't help but feel something is not quite right with my knees (they are aching now in fact). I have done little to no exercise (ran twice for busses, that's it) since I hurt them.
Sometimes I get moderately painful throbbing aching pains (aching throbs? not sure how to word this), I'm in discomfort most of the time with general aches. All in all very uncomfortable
The past couple of nights I haven't been able to get to sleep for a long time because they keep aching, should I return to my doctor and tell him this or am I being too much of a wimp and just shut up and take some painkillers before bed?
TL;DR: Knees hurt, been to GP and he said they should be fine with rest. been resting without exercise for over a week (since going to the GP) with no improvement and they are keeping me up at night due to aching throbs (best way of describing it), am I being wuss or should I go see my GP again?
Reading this through, i didn't realise how much I could describe my knees, sorry for the wall: inb4 "China called, they want their wall back" :P
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- Thread Starter
- 13-01-2010 19:17
- 13-01-2010 19:50
Get your GP to refer you to the hospital. I had dodgy knees for years, they would flare up if I ran/jumped or did various other sports but my doctor spent about 5 years telling me it was growing pains each time I went to see him. All the regular doctors were off on one visit and the substitute doctor referred me straight away, I was first referred to a joint specialist who said it wasn't a problem with the joint but to get my doctor to refer me to a physiotherapist. It took some persuading to get referred but when I did they said that it was due to my core muscles not being as strong as they should be so it was putting extra strain on my knees. She recommended piliates which helped loads, I've since stopped piliates and they're beginning to get worse again.
My pain was/is sort of in the centre of the joint or that's how I can best descibe it. I also used to do swimming, had lessons once per week but stopped when I got all the badges. My knees started to hurt about 1-2 years after stopping so not sure if it's related. Just pester your doctor until they do something about it.
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(Original post by parpirate)
- 14-01-2010 14:36
- 14-01-2010 17:33
Hey, sorry to hear this, I have knackered knees too but swimming is just about the only thing that doesn't affect them!
Did your GP give you any meds when you first saw them? This does seem a long time for bursitis. If I were you I'd take Ibuprofen (max daily dose) for a few days to see if it helps and then go back to the GP, it may just be that you need some stronger anti-inflammatory meds (like Diclofenac) to kick the pain and swelling.
Referrals can be difficult but still try if the anti-inflams don't help, you never know you're GP may be good for referring! (I was seen by a specialist GP every week for a year before getting a hospital referral and have NEVER managed a physio referral, despite having the pain for over 10 years now (on and off cos of the knee condition I have))
PS. For sleeping at night it may help to raise your knees up, a pillow under each leg if possible, supporting you from the knees down to your feet - when my knees are swollen up I often find this helps!
- 15-01-2010 19:42
Definately go to your GP and ask for a referral. I have a knee condition (had it since I was 11) and have been through all sorts trying to get it sorted. The one thing I do know is the longer you leave it, the more damage you will do - some may be irreversible! So I recommend getting to your GP asap.
Don't know if this is relevant, but I've had problems swimming ever since my diagnosis 10 years ago, and I'm not actually 'allowed' to swim because of knee symptoms I get. Maybe find a different form of exercise?