Excruciating sudden pain in knee during night

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Hi,

Please help, im still shaking. Ive just been woken up from the sort of pain ive never experienced before (and ive had 2 children!). Was asleep then woke up screaming in pain as my knee was in agony! It was like all my tendons on the inner side of my knee had twisted and were on fire, i was drenched in sweat. Its come out of nowhere. Lasted probably a few minutes, walking on it doesnt hurt and the pain has subsided now. Im still shaken as that level of pain was very scary, so much so that ive just had an upset tummy. its not inflammed or hot, it looks the same as the other. Why would a knee cause that kind of agony out of the blue at 2am?? I am on my own and have 2 children under 3 so i cant rely on a knee that might suddenly give whem im carrying them down the stairs.....

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    you dont say how far you are on after your TkR. it sounds like you have overdone it and are paying the price. . I am lying in bed with bad pain on one side of my knee as i did a too strenuous swim yesterday. carrying children especially up and down stairs will put a strain on your knees although I recognise you do not have much choice but try and be as kind to your knees as possible and rest a bit more. Once the pain goes down you will have more confidence that your new knee will not give way.

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    Hi I feel for you. I had excruciating pain on & off in my knee last Yr (I'm 2yrs oost op). Ended up bk in hosp on morphine. Consultant I'd got an infection in it at 1st & sent me for loads of tests but they came bk negative. He thouggt I must have strained a tendon? & it had bled a bit. It did ease off again. Try & take it easy, but difficult with little ones on your own & try & get them to walk up & downstairs holding your hand. Put your legs up whenever you can. Even mo I struggle to drag myself up the stairs let alone carry a child so you must have been doin well up till now. I'm sure it'll pass again, you've prob just pulled something. Keep some painkillers nr your bed. Good luck.

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    Have you had surgery on your knee and, if so, when or,has this just come out of the blue? Knees can do weird things. Mine went like that one day just walking upstairs. I could hardly bear to put any weight on it for a couple of days and was hobbling around. It might be that a piece of cartilage got caught in the joint as you moved and caused the knee to lock. That can be very painful. The best thing to do is 6 hourly pain meds, rest it as much as possible together with icing and elevating. It's not going to be easy with 2 small children, but maybe a day for reading stories and watching tv unless you can get someone to look after them for a couple of hours or perhaps when they nap, if they still do.

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    you need to go see your doctor

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    a cortisone shot will help go see an ORTHOPAEDIC surgeon probably bone-on-bone. I just experienced this for a second knee. xrays show cartiledge gone best if luck

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    i havent had surgery no but i have had weak knees my whole life. i needed physio on that knee after my second child was born 16 months ago because i had SPD in my other leg so put all my weight on the painful knee, it was 3cm wider than the other as a result. That was about a year ago though, ive had no problem since then....

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    It sounds like cramp to me. Happened to me once in middle of night as well.

    Sarah

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    I had the pain again last night, woke up screaming again. Now ive developed a pain in my hip, very sore. now i think about it, ive had the hip pain fir a few weeks but it was quite mild and infrequent so paid no attention. now its quite painful. maybe its linked to my knee somehow, havent injured myself so not sure why that would happen..

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