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Swollen knee, unable to walk - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Bones, Muscles and Joints
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User :   44 male,knee swollen,cant walk,other leg getting numb?any ideals?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   I'm Dr.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Since when is it swollen
User :   about a week,,was right leg,,now its left
Doctor :   Do you have fever?
User :   no,been using ice all day
Doctor :   Any ideas why is it swollen?
Doctor :   Was it all of a sudden or gradual in onset?
User :   its about 3 inches larger now than right knee
User :   gradual
Doctor :   Do you have redness?
User :   puffy under knee
User :   seems pain is around foot also
User :   was at er parking lot a hour ago,,,,,changed mind and now home
Doctor :   Why did you come back?
Doctor :   Is the swelling soft or hard?
User :   i never went inside,
User :   soft swelling
User :   bad signs would be any streaking down leg?.
Doctor :   If you press do you feel like liquid inside?
Doctor :   Is the swelling more on the front or the back of the joint?
User :   around all sides
Doctor :   Did you have an injury?
User :   calf are getting larger also,,and they are very soft
User :   no injury
Doctor :   It looks like there is a bursitis or a cyst?
User :   not to me
User :   so your saying go to hospital soon,or wait till next week
Doctor :   DId the swelling first appear at the back of the knee
User :   frpnt
Doctor :   Are you able to stretch your leg?
User :   some
User :   is thier too much of using ice?
Doctor :   Do you have a grinding feeling in your joint or does it ever lock even after your knee pain is better?
User :   ive used it all day
Doctor :   Yes
User :   othr day it felt like my knee wanted to bend the opposite way
Doctor :   What is your occupation?
User :   taking alieve,,and probaly will get going here....any ideals?ive been working in,9 months vacation
Doctor :   Do you feel the pain increases or swelling increases on prolonged sitting?
User :   yes,right now it feels like i ran a marathon,,
Doctor :   You have to wrap your shin with an elastic bandage. Keep the leg elevated. See your doctor as there is excess swelling and pain.
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