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About 4 years ago I suffered from what my doctor said 'ligment pain' just below my knee and ever since i've been suffering from pain on and off but recently its been behind the 'patella' area.

What I am suffering at the moment is pain in what feels like between the 'patella' and the 'femur' area but the pain only seems to be when i'm going up and down stairs, kneeling, bending, walking up and down hills and do on. I am also suffering from cracking in teh same area when I bend my knee, which i've not suffered from before.

I have been to see a doctor who has put me on ibuprofen which I have been taking now for 5 days and no different, I know there not magic pills and work overnight but its not even eased off. I have been wearing tubigrip to help support my knee when up and about but take it off at night (as required) due to circulation.

I'm a very active person and with four children aged 12, 10 and 9 year old, as well as a 20 month old I have no choice but to be active :lol: .

I was just wondering if any one has and idea what this could be.
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replied June 26th, 2005
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Go get another opinion with another dr that you know will do something about the situation.
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replied August 30th, 2006
I'm really sorry about your pain. I know it's very hard to go through that. My husband has very similiar symptoms and so far the doctors haven't been able to give us a diagnosis even with an mri. I wish I had some good advice but all I can really offer is sympathy. There is one thing that helps make the pain a little more bearable for my husband and that is coral calcium. You might try it. It couldn't hurt. I hope you find something that works for you.
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replied July 15th, 2008
knee pain and cracking
A couple of years ago I saw a specialist because of knee
pain when descending stairs, really loud cracking when
bending my knees. He said it was just wear-and-tear.
I was 48 at the time. Anyway he perscribed Fabroven,
a capsule taken twice a day and XICIL a powder to dissolve
and drink once a day. And they were FANTASTIC! I took them
for about 3 months and can quite honestly say that I am completely
pain-free. Worked wonders for me and hope it can be of help
to other sufferers
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replied July 3rd, 2009
I have similar Problems
I am suffering from similar problems, excpet i am only 15. Alot of people will say that i am just growing, and i beleived them for a while until the pain continued. I have been suffering non-stop for about a year now. I've had growing pains, and it doesnt feel the same. My knees crack when i bend and straighten them, i cant kneel down all the way because if i do, it gives a feeling that i will displace something, and i can already feel pain coming the farther down i go. The cracking sometimes can be painful, and it hurts sometimes when i do everyday things. I have become accustomed to the pain now because it has happened for so long, but i dont want to be accostumed to pain, i dont want to have any pain at all. I went to the doctors, and i was never tested, i was never given an X-Ray, or anything like that, they just assumed i was ok because i was young and they told me i have tendonitis, but i dont feel the pain in my muscles, i feel it in my bones....I feel that there is something more going on with me, but i dont know what it is, and i dont know what to do.
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replied April 19th, 2012
I have the same symptoms as you and they started when I was also 15, I went to the doctor to complain of the irritating pain and he told me it was fluid and wasn't convinced I went back nearly every month frustrated at what he was telling me in the end I had an ultra sound on my knee and there was nothing. Today i am 19 and the pain is consistent unlike before it has worsened I can't sit down for too long I can't sit normally in the car so I think that you should get many opinions and monitor the pain. I was just like you the doctor didn't do anything about it and I was suffering I felt sad like I just had to put up with it, now I am due back at the doctor this new doctor I've only seen once told me it might be arthritis I think it was osteoarthritis he wanted me to exercise for a week and see if the pain goes but I almost fell over on the tennis court because of how weak my knees are so I'll just have to wait and see
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replied July 3rd, 2009
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Go to an Orthopedist and not a GP...You need specialized care...
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replied July 3rd, 2009
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What is with doctors these days?? I agree with Caroline. Go to an orthopedist and make sure they take an x-ray.
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replied July 3rd, 2009
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Better than just going to an orthopedic doctor, a general one, see an orthopedic surgeon that specializes in knees.

Most orthopedic surgeons specialize in various parts of the bone anatomy, and there are a few that are just general orthopedic surgeons, and there are some that do not do any surgery and that means you would have to see someone that does surgery if you need it.

Crazy? You be it is, but even crazier are the GP, primary doctors that think they know everything and try to treat their patients with limited, if any, knowledge of what they are doing.

Pain like you are having should never be ignored and at the very least, you should have had an x-ray of your knee done,

There are a lot of things that could be wrong with your knee, and many of them can be treated and healed with simple things like physical therapy.

BUT, until you know what is wrong, there is no way to really advise you on what is going on except to tell you to get to an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in spines.

The ortho will examine your knee, compare it to your other knee, no doubt order some x-rays and maybe and MRI, depending on what the x-ray shows.

In the mean time, until you get to the orthopedic surgeon that specializes in knees, I would suggest that you elevate your leg when you can, try some ice to see if it helps with the pain and try some advil to help with any inflammation that is there.
Don't do things that make it hurt unless you absolutely have to.

If the ice doesn't help the pain, you can try using some moist heat to help with the pain.

Good luck and keep us posted on what is going on and what you find out.

Fran
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replied March 3rd, 2011
I think it might be a loose ligament that moves up and down as you move your knee, thus making your knee crack and also, because the ligament is loose there might not be cushion and that's where pain comes from, the bones are rubbing to each other. So I think you should consume the right minerals so you improve the condition of your ligament or if that doesn't work and you want a faster solution maybe you'll have to take a visit to a surgeon.

I hope your situation improves.

(This is my first diagnose ever,I'm not a doc, maybe in future I'll become one, but I think this makes complete sense. I don't think my second solution sounds so nice but maybe there's no other way of improvement to your knee than surgery.)
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replied September 13th, 2011
I have the same issues with my knee. The cracking when bending and the pain when going up stairs, bending or kneeling down. I am currently 34 and have dealt with this since about age 13, mine is tendinitis. I find that when I tweak my knee at all of course it will get inflamed. But, the trick to stay pain free is to keep the muscles surrounding your knee strong, if they weaken it puts more strain on your knee thus irritating the tendons.
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replied January 16th, 2012
Same condition
I'm 14 and I am expeirencing this in my left knee. I broke my right foot last summer so I had all my weight on my left knee when I was on crutches. Later that summer I notice a cracking coming from my left knee and over time it's has gotten more loud and Definetly more painful. Today was the first day I notice a similar pain in my right knee but also over the past few days I was being a fool and I went on a trampoline. I had an MRI and my orthopedist will analyze it for me on Wednesday. Overall I am very scared because I find it hard to do everyday things ad no one seems to believe how painful and irritating it is. I am also scared that I will never get to play lacrosse again because it involves running and contact. Its a horrible feeling when you have to turn down a opportunity to play a sport or do something fun with your friends because your scared that you will blow out your knee. Hopefully the doctor can diagnose this and hopefully I may be fine by the spring but I feel as if this is a life changing condition and I find myself almost crying because I want to Play sports and be active but i don't know if I can ever do that the same way as before

-Michael
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replied January 16th, 2012
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Michael1,

The vast majority as sounds coming from the knees (snap, crackle, pop, cellophane crunching sound, bricks rubbing, tiny bubble popping, etc, etc, etc) are from benign crepitus.

Benign crepitus is sort of like the pop you hear when you crack you finger knuckles. Yes, everyone can hear the pop, but it is not painful, and medicine still does not know what actually causes the sound. And contrary to what your mother tells you, cracking you knuckle with not damage them. (Unless you go out of your way to actually hurt the joints.)

Also, there is no correlation between the volume of sound and pain. Some patients can be heard walking down the clinic hallway or stairs, but they have zero pain. While other patients have crepitus that can basically only be felt with a hand on the knee, but would have tremendous pain. So, orthopedists state that there is no correlation between crepitus and discomfort.


However, there are a few sounds that are specific for certain conditions which orthopedic surgeons listen for.

A loud sharp snap is usually from one tendon snapping over another, such as in snapping hip syndrome.

A low clunk, is usually from a torn meniscus in the knee, which has finally reduced into its normal position, with a clunk.

Thunks and clunks can be heard when subluxed or perched joints, fall back into joint.

Clicks are common in the fingers, hands, and wrists. Depending upon their character and which joint, it can be from one of many instability patterns around the wrist and hand.

Some malalignments of the patella will cause clicking with motion of the knee.


There are just so many sounds that can come from the musculoskeletal system.

The best way to find out what is causing your particular sounds are, is to see an orthopedic surgeon.

Good luck.
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replied February 17th, 2012
Re: Knee Pain And Cracking... Help Required
You have the exact same symptoms I went to see my GP with about 4 yeat ago,In put off going for about 4 year.
My GP said normally he would advise me to take Ibuprofen for 3 month and come back but bbecause I had Private Insurance he refered me.In the end i needed my patella resurfacing,a bone spur removed and a clean out of the joint,been great since,and I was back to work after 4 weeks.Just go back and say that its getting worse,if you do get refered via NHS You could be waiting a while.
Hope you get sorted quickly.
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About 4 years ago I suffered from what my doctor said 'ligment pain' just below my knee and ever since i've been suffering from pain on and off but recently its been behind the 'patella' area.

What I am suffering at the moment is pain in what feels like between the 'patella' and the 'femur' area but the pain only seems to be when i'm going up and down stairs, kneeling, bending, walking up and down hills and do on. I am also suffering from cracking in teh same area when I bend my knee, which i've not suffered from before.

I have been to see a doctor who has put me on ibuprofen which I have been taking now for 5 days and no different, I know there not magic pills and work overnight but its not even eased off. I have been wearing tubigrip to help support my knee when up and about but take it off at night (as required) due to circulation.


I'm a very active person and with four children aged 12, 10 and 9 year old, as well as a 20 month old I have no choice but to be active Laughing .


I was just wondering if any one has and idea what this could be.
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replied May 29th, 2012
I sufferfrom the exact same illness, but one knee hurts and locks up but does not crack. the other one just cracks and creeks all the time non-stop.Seeing as I am only 14 my doctor told me I was either suffering from the ever present growing pains or it was some sort of necrotic knee malfunction caused by genetics. I believed neither but I really would like to find a solution that doesnt require surgical action.thank you all for the ideas i will surely try them and report back if I find any results.
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replied August 2nd, 2012
Same thing is happening to me my right knee hurts when im going up the stairs and it pops and ect. Im almost 13. I cant jump and run cuz it will pop and start hurting and i play tennis so i just cant stop running. It also hurts when it is not moving. But also hurts when its moving for to long o.O.
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replied September 15th, 2012
If you have knee pain or any problems of yours knees dont visit a doctor but you mast visit a specialist.
I had a lot of problems with my knees. Pain, ACL reconstruction, meniscus tear so I had 5 arthroscopy and then recovery.
The best for my knees is bicycle.
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replied April 10th, 2013
Im really scared cause i have just noticed a swelling above my right knee the other night. I started looking up symptoms of a random swelling knee and all that came up was a bone cancer common in teens called Osteosarcoma..Im really scared cause its now a couple days after i noticed the swelling and its actually causing me some low grades pain which gets worse in the night, which is also a symptom of Osteosarcoma. im going to the orthopedist on monday, but i hope its not what i think it is..any clues as to what it may be..? thanks
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replied April 12th, 2013
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bob57,

It is much more likely for your knee swelling (which sounds more like an effusion within the suprapatellar pouch) to be from an injury or an inflammatory disorder, than from osteosarcoma.

Though osteosarcoma is a fairly "common" bone tumor in patients under the age of 20, it is still a very rare disorder, occuring in only 5 patients per million population. That is a very uncommonly occuring disorder.


It is also quite common for joints to ache and hurt more at night, because there is no distraction at that time.


See what the surgeon says on Monday. A thorough evaluation and possibly some x-rays should be able to determine exactly what is going on in your knee.

Good luck.
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