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For several years now I have had a severe pain in my left knee upon straightening. After bending my knee for long periods of time I am unable to straighten my knee fully without being in agony and sometimes being unable to walk or move. The pain occurs down the outside of my left knee and is a sharp stabbing pain, sometimes this turns into a dull ache. My knee appears to be quite swollen around my knee cap. Sometimes pain occurs on the inside of my knee but this is not as often as the outside. I find that I am unable to walk after driving any distance. I regularly play hockey which involves a lot of turning suddenly. I also do karate which involves a lot of kicking. To the best of my knowledge I have not received any trauma to my knee. Since I was a little girl I have always sat on my left leg, which means I bend my left knee for a long period of time when sitting. I am now 18, maybe this could be the cause of my pain? I have been to my gp several times and have been told 'it'll go away in a few weeks'. After nearly 4 years of pain I'm desperate to find out what is wrong with my knee. If anyone could shed any light on the situation I would be extremely grateful.
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