First of all, I’m seeing the doctor tomorrow, so no need to suggest it. This is just for funzies (and possibly to provide me some questions or relevant information for the appointment).
Basically, my knees are killing me. I first noticed it back in April; I’d occasionally have pain when while carrying my son (he weighs about 20 lbs). It was generally only if I had to bend down, or stand up from the floor, or sometimes when going down stairs. If I wasn’t carrying him, I was fine. So I started being really careful to stand up and get down carefully, by putting one foot behind me like in a runner’s stretch to distribute my weight, and supporting myself with a hand on furniture or something if possible. The real killer was sitting down with him to nurse; there’s just no way to get in and out of the chair without putting all our combined weight on my knees.
Then, the pain started getting worse, and more frequent. I began wearing knee braces whenever I would be spending the day with the kid. But it started to hurt even when I wasn’t carrying him. I began to wake up in the middle of the night with aching knees and have to reposition. Every morning, my knees felt stiffer and more painful. Now, I’m basically in constant pain. Just sitting here in my chair at work hurts. It hurts least when standing and walking on a level surface, but it’s always there.
It’s an aching, burning, sore pain, with sharp stabs when I do something to stress it. It seems to be located in the muscles and tendons just above my kneecaps, and directly behind them, or perhaps even in the kneecaps themselves. Whenever my knees are in one position for too long, they get stiff and very achy. They’re not at all sensitive to touch; massaging feels good, and when my legs are straight, I can move the kneecaps around with ease. As far as I can tell, there’s no swelling or anything like that.
Personally, I think I’ve just jacked them up by carrying the kid around too much, and they haven’t had time to heal. I can’t say for sure, since I’ve never had anything like this before, so I want to rule out actual disease. I’ve never been terribly athletic, but I’m not unhealthy, either. I eat pretty well, always take the stairs at work, do occasional yoga, and I’m a normal weight (5’9"/140).
If you’re not a doctor but play one on the SDMB, let’s hear your ideas. What’s up with my knees?