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Suffering from knee pain in cold weather - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hello, I'm a healthy 21year old male. Recently (over the past two or so months) I've been constantly getting this disturbance in both of my knees. It doesn't sting for ache, its this bothering cold/sensitiveness/chilly/weak feeling. Its worse when the tempreature outside is cold (I live in Minnesota) I exersise on a daily basis but I don't run or do hard loads of leg lifting. Only the non-weighted squats are all which I know I'm doing in the right position. I eat properly as well.
I have no idea why its the knees that are having this problem. Is this Osteoporosis ? or some sort of sickness?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hello
User :   nice to meet you
Doctor :   hi,Pls. give me few seconds to go through your query.
User :   do you see the problems above or do i have to type it in again ?
User :   Ah, okay
Doctor :   Ok, I have gone through.
User :   yes
Doctor :   May I ask you a few more questions pertaining to your problem to help you better
User :   sure
Doctor :   May I know if anyone your family have Rh factor or rheumatoid arthritis ?
User :   not that I know of
User :   ah I'm not sure if its the right thing
Doctor :   Ok, That is encouraging .
User :   but my grandfather has troubles
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   with his knee as well
User :   im not sure if it arthritis or anything
Doctor :   Do you know if they have senile arthritis or rheumatoid ?
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Have you been facing this problem only in winter or the last summer too ?
User :   it started about two months ago
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   It seems worse when the temp drops or snows
Doctor :   Did you see any signs of acute inflammation like fevr, redness, swelling in the joint ?
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   no sign from the outside
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   How are your other small joints ?
User :   weel
User :   well
Doctor :   Do you have any problems in ankles or foot or toes ?
User :   my wrist also get the shiverness
User :   but its not as disturbing as the knee
User :   ankles a little
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   May I know your height and weight please ?
Doctor :   Do you have any recent history of any injury ?
User :   im 5-9 and 155?
User :   not to my knee
User :   or to think about it not at all
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   I feel you have to get the following tests done to zero on to the right diagnosis
User :   okay
Doctor :   1. X-Ray of the joints - you have problem in both the knees ?
User :   yes
Doctor :   2. Rheumatoid factor, in the blood.
Doctor :   3. ESR
Doctor :   4. CBC Blood
User :   okay
User :   thats alot of tests,
Doctor :   5. S. Uric acid
Doctor :   All the tests 2,3,4,5 are done with 5ml of blood at a time, so not to worry.
User :   ah thats good to hear, Is there anything that I should be avoid doing or trying out at home ?
Doctor :   I would say those sit ups or any other exercises causing strain to the knee .
Doctor :   And please do use the following gel if you have excesss pain : Doctor :   1. Diclo gel , just superficially, do not massage heard
User :   okay
Doctor :   2. Tab. Advil thrice daily for 2 days
Doctor :   500mg.
User :   Do you recommend not walking around outside when its cold
User :   or it doesnt have to do with the temp?
Doctor :   Yes, i would strongly recommend that and have to advise you to get a hot water sponging before and efter going to bed.
User :   okay, thank you very much
Doctor :   Thank you for consulting me.
Doctor :   Take care, bye for now.
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