To start - I already have an appointment to see my doc.
It all started when my left knee started feeling stiff, and I figured out it was due to my work posture. I’m a mechanical drafter, at the computer all day, and if I don’t have to walk to the printer, I may be sitting for 2-3 hours uninterrupted. Not compulsory - I just lose track of time when I’m deep into a drawing.
I noticed I sat with my left knee bent and my left foot under the chair, while my right legs tended to move about freely. I began to make an effort to either stand or at least stretch out my left leg, and the aches seemed to diminish. I was still getting around OK, but the first few step were stiff.
Suddenly yesterday, it was aching like crazy - as if the inner side of the knee had been bruised. And when I stretch my leg fully straight, the muscles behind the knee feel sore and strained.
But I haven’t done anything! I didn’t trip or slip or twist it. The worst trauma it’s experienced was when my daughter’s dog scratched the knee, and that was mostly because his nails are rough. Everything seems to work fine - it just hurts!!
I expect more than a few Dopers have had knee issues - does this sound like something you’ve dealt with? Surely it’s not prelude to a new knee??