Severe Pressure In Knee
Hi everyone, I'm hoping I can find some ideas on what's going on with my knee before making the attempt to spend money on what I'm sure will end up requiring tests on top of the examination. I do not have insurance, so at the moment I always spend out of pocket for medical care, and thankfully, I hardly ever get sick (knock on wood), but I know with what my complaints are with the knee, there will be some type of film ordered most likely. So with that said, I'm looking for some ideas on what the problem is and then cross my fingers that it's something I can just handle at home.
For the past few weeks I've had very strong, severe pressure in my knee. The best way I can describe it, is like dropping a few sandbags on your knee and letting it just rest there. The pressure is constant, however, here is the kicker... there is NO swelling, and the only pain I have felt has occurred on occassion when I bend my knee, and it will 9 out of 10 times occur if I have sat too long and then try to stand up -- the knee feels very stiff and I feel like I have to almost force it to really try to straighten out and that brings some pain.
Otherwise there is no constant pain at all in my knee, and I do have a high pain tolerance, but I still wouldn't classify the pain as being anything really alarming. However, the pressure is severe and is really quite baffling to me.
In the past few days I have begun to experience buckling at the knee; which wasn't occurring before. Sometimes it has occurred while just simply standing for a long period of time, and other times it has happened when just simply taking a step forward and the knee suddenly buckles.
I have had friends say that maybe it's just the cold weather, I've had others suggest it may be because I do have a bad back, and I do have a tendency to shift slightly to my right when my back begins to give me trouble as that seems to alleviate my back pain sometimes. And I always shift to the right, and it IS the right knee that's giving me the problem.
Other than that... I'm baffled, and don't have a clue.
I'm hoping someone else has heard of this, or has experienced it, or knows someone that has. I have been searching on the net, and I've been coming coming up empty -- as many of the search results always came back with the inclusion of swelling being a primary factor of the pressure, and there has never been in swelling since this has begun.
I appreciate the help, in advance!