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Sudden sharp stabbing pain in front of left shin just below knee!

I've had this on and off maybe once every couple of weeks, but today its happened about 5 times!

If I kneel on my left leg to do something I suddenly get a very sharp stabbing pain in the front of my leg just below the knee slightly to the left! Its not a shin splint as its not right next to my shin bone its about an inch or two from my shin bone. Its been particularly painful today and has happened every time I've knelt down!

There is no swelling or bruising at all. Does anyone know what this is and what could be causing it?

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  • debra59438 debra59438 cheryl25598

    Hi Cheryl,

    I'm not sure what type of pain control you have but that sounds bad. One thing I was allowed to get from my pain mgmt doc was Baclofen. I was having severe cramping in my legs and charlie horses if I would bend in a certain direction or upon waking up in the morning. My muscles were just locked up around the bones where I have osteoarthritis and possibly tendonitis. What happened was I took 10 mg and felt really relaxed. My muscles too. I had to be really careful. I did not do any bending down. It increased my appetite too but I didn't give in. So since I can take 20 mg per day I felt the charlie horse coming on in my leg but it seemed to start at my feet. I used my tens unit, put gel toe dividers to increase my circulation for 10 minutes and then took my medication and baclofen. Before I was taking Diazepam but I am going off of it because they won't work with me if I am on a benzo. So basically if you are having that type of cramping and its that bad you could ask for Baclofen. I've tried Naprosyn, Cyclobenzaprine, Methocarbomal, Robaxin. All the NSAIDS. What happened was I ended up with severe stomach repercussions. I have Irritable bowel syndrome. I have to take Zantac in the morning with my Lyrica and Norco. I started taking Papaya Enzyme like 12 pills per day from a large bottle I purchased in the natural food isle at Fred Meyer. This morning my Irritable Bowel Sydrome was not as bad. I've been doing this for a week. So the Baclofen seems to be very effective but not good if you have balance problem. I just felt really relaxed, not anxious, not paranoid, just relaxed. Sleep last night came 10 minutes after taking my Depakote, Minipress, Norco, and Baclofen. I did not wake up with leg cramps. I have severe pain all over so I can definitely sympathize with you. Have you tried. Ultrasound therapy, Hot baths, Tens Unit, Biofeedback or Hypnosis. I currently don't get enough relief during the day so about every 2 to 3 hours I have to lay down and do heat pad and then I go online to u tube and do hypnosis for anxiety by Jody Whitely. There is a cat and she calms you down with deep breathing exercises and you end up relaxed and can sleep for a few hours. I need to do it now because the train horn woke me up at 5 am and I'm exhausted now. I'll probably be asleep till Noon and then the disability bus will come to take me shopping and pick up my prescriptions. I'm only 43 years old and have severe emotional instability mood problems, chronic pain, degenerative disc, osteoarthritis, pelvic pain, cysts and fibroids on my ovaries and cervicalgia which is neck pain and it radiates into my shoulder. I was able to get a really good solid neck pillow. How about pillows for your legs. Is there anywhere you can go and get into a hot tub? I have these things available to me. Note that if you contantly stress yourself out thinking it is going to happen that it will. It is the law of the universe and the reaction of your mind and consequences of the remembering of how bad the pain was last time it happened. Try to relax and listen to relaxing music. Laughing a lot helps. Think of yourself as perfection no matter how old you are. Chronic pain is really hard to deal with and sometimes when you need to wait for doctors to cooperate or have an appointment it is so frustrating, but let them do their job but your job is to take care of you. If you can't bend in that position then don't do it! Just don't! My roommate wants me to go down for a nap. He just left for work. Its me first now with diet and vitamins and medicine and my mindfulness of the situation. I just had surgery and it allowed me to walk again. That was it. It did not take away the pain. But walking is better than not walking. With the Baclofen I seem to have my agility back again. The pharmacist told me that cyclobenzaprine is superior. Not in my case. Cyclobenszaprine are like taking sugar tablets that tear a hole in my tummy. Hope you feel better. Send me a message anytime. Talking about it helps so much. Sometimes the people you live with get frustrated too. They don't want to hear your woes all of the time. This is a good site to make buddies that are in pain too. Have a great day if you can and I will pray now for you that you can get over this. My mom had bone spurs on her hips. She went for like 4 ultrasound treatments and its gone! You can buy an ultrasound machine online for about $110. Let me know if you need the company's name. I believe they are FDA certified. My tens unit and all my stuff is otherwise I wouldn't be using themsmile 

    • debra59438 debra59438

      Oh and I forgot to mention that my discs in my back are messed up and my tailbone is bent. Not good. I can only sit for so long. I think the surgery corrected the nerve root block but the cortisone still has to kick in. They are not sure if it will because they said my pain should be down below level 5 and I'm still at a level 7 to 8 about 4 times per day. 3 5/325 norco and 150mg lyrica is not enough to control the pain. Eventually I will be on 24 hour pain relief. If not, I live in oregon and plan on taking an alternative natural plant route in July. I am trying not to do that though because I am in Business School at PSU and I don't wanna be high when i'm working here on the internet. I only have 46 credit hours to go. I actually believe someday I will be healed. I don't know when, but I visualize my life returning to normal with a great job and maybe even a relationship with a caring and loving man. Right now I can't even date. I don't have the energysad Have a good one. 

  • cheryl25598 cheryl25598

    I haven't got cramp, its a sharp stabbing pain in my left leg just below the knee on the left of my calf/shin. Its eased off now but I've been getting a weird tearing pulling feeling if I forget and go to kneel down again. I think it could be either cartilage or tendon damage of some kind. I thought it might of gone on its own but I've still got this very weird feeling there which is hard to describe other than a kind of tearing feeling. So I think I will have to go to my GP

  • cheryl25598 cheryl25598

    The weird thing is its not a sports injury and there is no swelling or bruising and it doesn't hurt at all when I'm walking around or when I bend my leg! It only hurts if I kneel on it.

  • jeff18185 jeff18185 cheryl25598

    Cheryl,  I have exactly the same symptoms.  Espeically when I kneal down, pain is pretty sharp.  No pain when I wlak around or do sports, although the rea sometime feels "tight" when I am sitting around.

    By now I guy you have gone to a Dr.  What were the results?

  • cheryl25598 cheryl25598

    I told the doctor but he didn't seem too concerned all he said was that it was probably cartilage damage and that it would take at least 6 to 8 weeks to mend. Its improved a lot now but I still get a slight twinge every now and then so its still not completely healed yet.

  • elaine88258 elaine88258 cheryl25598

    I have this exact same pain!!  Just did a google search and found this post, I went for my first run last night in ages and everything was fine but when I kneel down today I get that sharp pain in the same place you have described and it takes a little while to go, then it all feels ok again....

  • nadia64660 nadia64660 cheryl25598

    I have terrible pain in my left leg - just below my knee I guess I would say on the upperright quadrant of my shin area. Sometimes during the day the pain is bad but at night when I lay down it becomes unbearable at times. It is really impacting the quality of my life right now. If I kneel, when I stand the pain see,s to radiate back toward that area.

  • WilliamG WilliamG cheryl25598

    Hi Cheryl, I just came across your discussion now as I am researching the same problem due to a fall on my knee a couple of weeks ago. Did you ever get it resolved or figure out exactly what was going on? I have no pain in my knee now except when I touch it between the top of my shin bone and the bottom of my knee cap. When I touch it or try to kneel on it I would describe the pain as very sharp and shooting. It's pretty extreme. I'm a carpenter and spend a fair amount of time on my knees, so I would appreciate any advise you can offer. Thank you! 

  • teresalynn teresalynn cheryl25598

    I also have the same problem, as Cheryl25598 and WilliamG. It's exactly the same. I am curious to know if anyone has figured out what it is and how to treat it. I'm simply not kneeling on that knee but that is difficult and it doesn't seem to be getting any better.

    I'd like to know what to do to fix it.

    I saw a physio and she suggested that it was a nerve that was getting pinched when I kneeled and would sort it itself out. She said my bone in that leg  moves quite a bit and that it will likely shift back on it's own. I don't know about that!

    Any suggestions would be great.

    I don't care to mask the pain, I just want to fix what's not right.

    Thanks for any input!

  • rita1978 rita1978 cheryl25598

    Did anyone find out what their issue is? I have the exact same symptoms including numbness in that area. It's not constant pain, but it has definitely worsened. My chiropractor thinks it might be IT band related

  • jody12124 jody12124 cheryl25598

    You described the exact pain I have been experiencing I the same spot, the last 4 weeks.  Mostly when kneeling on the floor todo something or if I apply pressure to the point on my leg.  I went to see MD today.  He wants to wait for a month to see if it resolves, if not it's MRI time.  He's not sure what it is.  Did yours resolve?

  • sfbarbie sfbarbie cheryl25598

    I have the same, exact pain you've described. It started suddenly: sharp, stabbing pain (that I thought was a bruise at first) just below the knee and a little to outside where the front, upper shin begins. I cannot kneel at all and this is essential for yoga. Since I do nothing else, I believe I injured this area by holding a lower-leg stretch/pose too long. It gives me the sensation of the top muscle ripping away. I'm massaging, user a roller to roll on top (very painful) and taking anti-inflamatories and rubbing Voltaren get on the pain area and icing. Very interested in what the others report as the diagnosis. It shocked me that I could not kneel in my last yoga class. The pain is sharp and unbearable. 

  • cheryl25598 cheryl25598

    Hi my GP didnt seem that concerned, he said it was just cartilage damage and that it would go in six to eight weeks, which it did go eventually. But now Im very careful when I go to kneel down as Im scared it will come back. I only had the sharp pain when I knelt down no other time. Hope you all get it sorted out 

  • melissa97819 melissa97819 cheryl25598

    Hi I was wondering if you ever found out what was happening with your leg? I have a very similar problem, I fell a week ago, there is no bruising and only slight, very minimal swelling. If I kneel on something it the sharpest most excruciating pain. I have an end table in living room I barely grazed it and excruciating pain even a week after the fall. When I walk minimal pain but it literally feels like I have something loose on the inside of my leg. Almost well actually like someone sliced off a part of my leg and it's just flapping away. I appreciate any info you can offer. I'll probably go to er later because pain has not even started to subside.

    Thank You,

    Melissa M

  • sfbarbie sfbarbie cheryl25598

    Relieved to read that cheryl25598 reports the pain went away. Im still feeling the stabbing if I use a knee to get onto my bed for example. Just that position: kneeling or using the front part of my upper shin. A physical therapist and a few others used the term *shin splint* but those are usually lower. Still feeling this stinging, sharp pain adn will wait it out for now. Convinced its from over extension during the yoga classes I started a little over a month ago and put my legs into positions of extending and holding that I was not used to. Painful! - B


    Thank goodness it's not just me. No pain at all until I put pressure on this exact spot on my right leg. It's been 4 weeks and no sign of it getting better. None of the knee injury descriptions fit as it's only painful when I kneel on it. The best way of describing it is like as invisible bruise.

  • GrubbaGirl GrubbaGirl cheryl25598

    I see this thread has been going on awhile and I stumbled upon it with the same issue. I know I've been diagnosed with patella femoral syndrome and had surgeries on both knees for it, but they're still not 100%. They will still act up if I overuse them or do certain movements so I have to watch myself working out. I must've overused my right knee yesterday because I now have the throbbing in my right shin like everyone else has described. After feeling around, I can find the pressure point in my knee causing it, so perhaps some of may have misaligned your knee cap causing the inflammation and probably nerve pinching causing the radiation. I'm not a doctor, but just wanted to share my insight! smile

    • Suzn Suzn GrubbaGirl

      Having the same problem. Sharp stabbing pain when I kneel.. same area. What is this?! Someone I know mentioned the tibial ligament might be out of place and to do Pilates. It's fine when I stand...

    • sfbarbie sfbarbie Suzn

      Same as mine problem. Sharp nerve pain when my knees go to the floor but no pain at al (ever) unless the upper shin is touching something. Impossible to kneel with legs tucked under such as a yoga pose.

    • Suzn Suzn

      I believe it has something to do with the kneecap. The weeks before this, without injury, my kneecap was excruciatingly painful on that left side, left edge. Hard to move leg. That subsided and then this stabbing pain when kneeling took its place. Feels nerve like starting from upper most left of bone shin area running 2" further left. If I barely lightly stroke my fingers across the area of the bone there, I feel the nerve zinger as well. What IS this?! Yes... I have to check in with a doctor but, does anyone actually know? We all seem to be having the same symptoms.

    • sfbarbie sfbarbie Suzn

      Yes! If I even stoke my fingers across the nerve location it stings. The act of trying to get on my knees is like having the upper connection of the muscle to just below my knee ripped off! 

    • FIR FIR Suzn

      I have similar symptoms -- for 3 weeks now.

      Sharp pain below knee ONLY when I touch it, but it also triggers a nerve beside the painful area. Does not hurt when I'm sitting or walking.

      It's very perplexing.

      Anyone have an answer as to what is causing it or how to get rid of it?


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