Severe, Ongoing Knee Pain...at 25??
In October, I started having severe knee pain in both knees. No injury, no car wreck-nothing. The pain happens when I bend my knees-squating, kneeling, sitting are all difficult. Going to the bathroom is an intresting endeavor-bracing one hand on the wall and the other on the back of the toliet. Sitting in a chair hurts-standing up hurts. I haven't been able to kneel in months.
There is no popping/crunching. It feels like the muscles just STRAIN. I can't tell if they're too weak for me to stand or if it just hurts too much for me to make them do it. The pain goes from the front of the knee, both above and below the knee by 6-8 inches, and behind the knee, above and below. I can walk without a limp, but stairs take some time.
I have on health insurance and won't for another 5 months. But tonight, I made the mistake of sitting on the floor in my bedroom. I needed to get up, and couldn't. I sat in the floor crying because the pain was so intense and I felt like an old woman who had fallen and couldn't get up. I scooted to the end of the bed and was able to pull myself up again.
I'm in great health-I thought so, anyway. No issues, no medication. No previous knee injuries or pain, no joint issues whatsoever. I'm a touch overweight-5'11'' and weigh 215. I thought it was a weight iessue at first and have dropped 10 pounds, but feel no change in the knees. I'll continue to loose the weight, but I don't see how that could explain such intense pain at 25?
Iceyhot gets me through the worst days. I prefer not to take painkillers, but have taken Advil to get me through a few rough patches-it never makes the pain go away, just dulls it.
What's wrong with me? What have I done? What can I do to heal them?
Thanks so much!