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I have constant knee pain in both knees. I cannot straighten either knee when i stand or lay down. Sometimes they swell so much that i cannot pull my jeans up over my knees. They throb in the night and day. The skin feels tender to the touch. Sometimes it feels as if my knees will dislocate. I am starting to get foot and leg cramps. Tell me what this is from. The swelling continues up my thighs.

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replied December 21st, 2009
Arthritis Answer A8626

Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out.

Your concern is regarding the knee swelling and pain that you are having. Swelling of the knee is caused by fluid within the knee joint itself, or in the surrounding soft tissue. At your age, it is important to rule out osteoarthritis of the knee. Fluid in the surrounding tissue may cause prepatellar bursitis and swelling above the knee. So that also needs to be evaluated.

Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis that is caused by the breakdown and eventual loss of the cartilage of one or more joints. Cartilage is a protein substance that serves as a "cushion" between the bones of the joints. Treatment includes keeping the limb elevated, reduction of weight, exercise and support devices like splints, canes, walkers, and braces, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen are used for reducing swelling.

I sincerely advise you to consult an orthopedic surgeon and get an x-ray and MRI of the knee joint. Arthroscopy (examination of the knee by a small camera inserted inside the knee joint) of the joint may also be needed. It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are advised to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.

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