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    Old 03-23-2009, 10:08 AM   #1
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    Swelling behind knee

    I have had swelling (minimal) and pain behind my knee for a little over a year now. I also have pain in the front of my knee, some calf pain and pain near my ankle. At one point there was actually a dark bruise under my knee on the back side of my leg. I have no known knee injury, no redness and the swelling is only in that one particular area. I got it checked out last year ( I was worried I might have a blood clot) and one physician said I had a Baker's cyst, another said there wasn't one, it was just immflamation. Both said no clot. Am I just paranoid? or should I be worried? I drive a lot (over an hr a day for work and back) and my leg makes me crazy while on the road. Could a Baker's cyst cause these kinds of symptoms? What other possibilities are there?

     
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    Old 03-24-2009, 07:57 AM   #2
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    Re: Swelling behind knee

    It sounds like a Baker's Cyst that ruptured (the bruising) and is now reforming. I've had one for years that comes and goes, I have rheumatoid arthritis - baker's cysts are part of the package. Driving could certainly irritate it.

    Make sure you see an orthopedic surgeon, not just a regular MD. And a MRI (not an x-ray) can show if there's a meniscal tear or some other injury causing the problem. Cysts can be drained or even removed entirely if it gets real bad.

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    Old 03-25-2009, 06:01 PM   #3
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    Re: Swelling behind knee

    Thanks for the info on Baker's cysts. Is there anything you've tried that has been effective in reducing the pain? (or is yours painful?)

     
    Old 04-07-2009, 05:50 PM   #4
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    I had an ultrasound done to check for DVT which was negative. Dr said it was a Baker's cyst and pretty much said the same thing you did about the bruise probably having had been where it ruptured. He mentioned cortisone injection. Have you tried this with yours?

     
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    Re: Swelling behind knee

    Sometimes what looks like a bruise is actually an Erythema Migrans, which may explain some of your symptoms.

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    Old 04-07-2009, 06:25 PM   #6
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    Re: Swelling behind knee

    i hate that when it happens i get my period every time i do that...

     
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