Knee pain

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I have osteoarthritis in my left knee. I take medication for this. I am also very activity i do lots of walking which does help with the mobility of my knee. Recently I had a strange painful feeling in my knee. When I bend down or put my left knee on the ground there is a burning sensation and my skin feels like it is going to start tearing. It make me cry and takes a while for this feeling to go. It is the outer edge of my knee where the feeling is. Can anyone help please been to my see my GP a few times now a told to take pain killers but what is this? Back to see my GP tonight again.

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    I have absoltuely no experience of this, but a generic piece of advice that can help with a multitude of strange pain problems - Trigger Point Massage.

    In case you're not familiar with it, Trigger Points are thought to be some kind of 'knot' or tight band that develops in over-stressed muscles. The cause a wide range of symptoms from restricted range of motion through to severe pain, numbness, tingling.....headaches even! They can be very easily and harmlessly be massaged out - no professional help needed as it's best done yourself. 

    Trigger Points are always present when you have OA in any joint simply because the joint problem itself will cause them to develop. The trigger points can be responsible for some or even ALL symptoms. Interestingly, a pilot study was carried out on a dozen or so patients that were on a waiting list for knee replacement surgery. They treated trigger points (the same ones were present in everyone's knees) and in pretty much every case the pain was eliminated, casting doubt on whether surgery was needed. If you're interested I'll track down the study and post a link to it.

    There's loads of free info on trigger points and how to treat them. What you need to do is Google to find how to locate trigger points associated with knee pain - specifically those that produce symptoms like yours. 

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    Hi Pam, I have exactly this feeling too - it's not as severe as yours seems to be but I have the identical burning sensation and the skin feels like its going to split, its a very odd sensation.  My doctor seemed very disinterested to be honest and didnt really give any definitive answer, just that its a nerve sensation rather than indicative of injury etc., probably connected to pain receptors in the brain being over stimulated by other pain issues I have, eg OA and fibromyalgia - in other words it was clear he thought I was imagining it and he couldnt be bothered to take any time to investigate.  I find massaging it with a soothing cream helps but nothing much seems to take it away completely.

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    I have had a similar sensation..not so bad in one of my replaced knees. I would suggest you avoid wherever possible kneeling. Having had both knees replaced I only kneel in absolute extremity as it's painful. Since this pain is intermittent I would avoid painkillers if at all possible.

    The body is very mysterious tho I would also recommend you try the trigger point massage which my grandson has used on himself for wrist pain.

    Do keep walking and possibly see a physiotherapist

    and follow his/her advice as a preventive measure.

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    Go see an ortho guy & get some xrays. I had bilateral tkr 2 yrs ago after letting my knees go way to long. I had your symptoms, plus cramps in my legs, tingling, & that burning, tearing sensation. My knees were a mess. Lots of deformity & it was making me bowlegged. Our bodies are systems & when something goes wrong in one place things happen in another. I contributed my symptoms to the bad joints. I noticed this in my rehab as well. Muscles out of align & muscles trying to compensate for the joint problems. Painkillers just creates a whole other arena of problems, though a good nights sleep isn't bad now & then. Stay active because it really is move it or lose it.

    What medication do you take for the OA? The longer I go down this road the more I see the lack of coordination among specialist & primary care for this condition. Treatment & management seems dicey at best. OA, the wear & tear arthritis is very common & increases with age. Those of us on the other end of the spectrum, where the condition is affecting our function & lives are often short changed. It is not normal to be in horrible pain & gritting our teeth to complete daily life skills. Painkillers address the symptom not the problem. It is also not normal to have to carry around a bag of frozen peas & a heating pad to get thru a day.

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