Sharp knee pain.

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  1. About a year and a half ago when I was running I started feeling a sharp pain on the outside of my left knee, I rested a few days and ran again but it came back and got worse. I rested it for three weeks and it was still there but worse still.

    I went to my GP and he moved it around asking if I felt pain etc and it was fine, he came me some anti inflammatory cream and said come back if it keeps hurting. I rested it for about three months and everything seemed fine again apart from the odd ache during the day going about my normal business, going to work etc.

    I have started the application process for the army and have been running three times per week to increase my fitness, some short runs and some long and my knee was fine untill I did a 4 miler the other day and I felt the tell tale twinge coming back in the same place. I got home and put ice on it and havent run on it since, which was three days ago.

    Has anyone experienced anything like this themselves? Have I done damage that cant be repaired by resting, can I run through any pain that might arise again? I still havent got a date for my ADSC so I have a bit of time. Any help is appreciated!
  2. You can't get a diagnosis via the Internet, sorry.
  3. CJM

    CJM Old-Salt

    I have exactly the same problem mate, in the same place, on the same knee. First noticed it after a CFT a few months back and it hasn't really got better. I can run for about 3 miles then it starts to twinge. Physiotherapist couldn't find anything wrong though and I just got given the cream. It's a real pain though.
  4. You have his knees?
  5. CJM

    CJM Old-Salt

  6. Get yourself to a specialist - a decent physiotherapist might be a start. It might be something as minor as a with me, severe overpronation, which was easily sorted (although it costs a fortune trainer wise). Do not ignore it and do not think you can just run through basic with it.
    Get it looked at and it could save you a life time of pain (and allow you to get through basic with no problems).
  7. Grumblegrunt

    Grumblegrunt LE Book Reviewer

    switch to cycling untill you have to run to prove something. also change your running style as the pounding wont help, try to develop a more springy style using your ankles and toes better. run like you cycle if that makes sense except for short sprints.

    I've had that for decades - worn inner heels on footware and pain on the outer knee, also patello femoral maltracking which is due to imbalanced exercise and feels like glass behind the kneecap.

    have a go at running barefoot as trainers hide bad running styles.
  8. Grumblegrunt

    Grumblegrunt LE Book Reviewer

    but that's how the nhs does it now :)
  9. I cannot claim to be an expert but I suspect this may be a problem related to your hamstring. I had the same problem in 1998 after running a half marathon that I had not properly trained for, and failing to drop out when it started to hurt.

    If so, this is a problem that is manageable if not necessarily totally fixable. But then again, I was in my mid-thirties at the time and you may well be younger and heal better. In my case, physio, ultrasound, and insoles in my running shoes for a few months, brought the problem under control. You will also need to do the right sort of stretches before you exercise.

    Best thing: see your GP and get yourself referred to a sports medicine specialist. I do not not know if the NHS will cover this however and it may cost you a little bit otherwise.

    Very best of luck with it and keep plugging away until somebody gets on top of the problem.
  10. See your doctor or specialist and see if they will do an xray on it.
    if they can see a problem then hopefully they can fix it.
    As you said you rested but the pain got worse. And its happened again.
    Hopefully its nothing to worry about and all will be fine.
    Good luck
  11. Schaden

    Schaden LE Book Reviewer

    Welcome to the Fucked knee club!

    Sounds like mine - screwed ligament - backward and forward ie cycly is fine - any twisting equal agony.

    Quack said they'd like to stick sharp things into it as they might be able to fix it - took up swimming and cycling instead. On the plus side ready excuse not to be forced to dance with the wife while sober!
  12. Welcome to the wonky knee club fella, i used to get a pain in the side of mine (felt like a line around it).
    After that i had some hamstring pain. Then my ******* achilles tendons gave it some.

    Top tip matey - STRETCH AND HYDRATE and get proper advice from your doctor, good luck with it
  13. Sounds like acute bi-lateral chondromalicia patellae to me.

    Just send me your bank details and I'll help myself to my fee.
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  14. Thanks for the replies, all have been helpful. I'll book myself into see my GP and try get a specialist to have a look, still got some time before ADSC dates and such, hopefully can get it all sorted before basic.

    I cycle everyday to work and back and I cycled 45 miles to Whitby a month or so ago and its fine when cycling so ill keep doing that to keep my fitness up.