All of a sudden, I cannot extend my right leg to a straight position without severe pain just below my knee cap. Bent leg is fine. I cannot really walk without hobbling. I did nothing that I know of to cause this injury, although I did sleep with a pillow between my knees (to see if it would help my morning back ache) for the first time the night before this started (2 nights ago).
Several years ago, I had started a regemented walking program to prepare for hiking in the high Sierras. After about a week of walking up and down hills, this same leg swelled from above the knee to the ankle. The swelling was severe, like elephantitis, but no real pain. I was examined, X-Rayed and the doctors also used Ultrasound. Nothing was ever determined and rest was prescribed. The swelling went away.
This particular knee gets tweaked periodically just getting in and out of LOW cars. When that happens, there will be burning on the inside of the leg to the left of the kneecap as well as above the knee cap; this is not the case now but may be relevant. There also can be a clicking sound when sitting.
The current situation has never happened before but is quite debilitating. I would appreciate any and all opinions so I have a bit of knowlegde under my belt BEFORE I go to the doctor again. I don't feel I was informed enough last time or I wouldn't have been satisfied with the lack of results.
Asked by Alexi637 - 7 answers - 9 years 4 weeks ago