Can Cyst What Can Cause Pain From Knee To Foot

Achilles Tendonitis
Painful Heels, is also known as Achilles tendonitis. This condition causes pain at the back of the heel where the Achilles tendon attaches to the heel. Achilles tendonitis causes pain on the bottom of the heel when putting weight on the foot. Based on the condition and the chronic nature of the disease, heel surgery can provide relief of pain and restore mobility in many cases. Arch supports such as insoles treat the underlying cause of the heel pain and prevent future occurrences of the condition.

Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is another form of Heel Pain, otherwise known as heel pain syndrome, often presents a very chronic, extremely painful and stubborn condition to resolve. Plantar heel pain is a common painful condition where placebo effects have been shown to exist. The study did not include chronic heel pain sufferers who had received other treatments for their condition. In other words, heel pain is a warning sign that a person has a condition that deserves attention. This condition usually causes pain and tenderness in the back and bottom of the heel when walking, and the heel is painful when touched.

Recurrence of heel pain may be a sign of the initially diagnosed condition, or it may indicate a different problem. The most common type of heel pain is due to a condition called plantar fasciitis, or Achilles Tendonitis. Ignoring heel pain can cause a mild case to become a long-term and debilitating condition.

Treatment
Traditional treatment for heel pain begins with modifying activity. There has been ongoing research to determine whether magnetic insoles provide greater subjective improvement for treatment of plantar heel pain compared with identical non magnetized insoles. As heel pain is basically a stress problem in the tissues of the heel, the main treatment is to reduce stress. We recommend seeking professional advice for heel pain and any foot problem before embarking on any form of self treatment or management.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    what can this cyst be ? i have had constant pain from feb last year, the pain is in my back, hips knees & feet?
    i had an mri scan done and the results cam through this morning, they say i have to go for an ultrasound as there is a cyst in my pelvis. from my hip sockets down to my toes it is agoney, im all stiff , its worse in the morning & i rely on painkillers, tramadol dont work, im on anti-inflammatories, (arcoxia). if i forget to take them im in unbearable pain. i dont have peroid pain or any abnormal bleeding (my peroids always have been messed up). i dont have a sore tummy. i read up on ovarian cysts and im convinced its not that. even then how can a cyst cause this pain in my hips legs & feet. im fed up of blood tests , drs, they dont have any answers, i just want to know why i can barely walk and whats goin on inside my body. i have 2 kids ,pets. im 28yrs old i am the eldest out of 5 kids, i am the only girl so my brothers need me to, im just so worried that i will end up totally bed ridden or worse. do any of you know what this is or have you got the same symtoms, i just feel like giving up. i already suffer from post traumatic stress disorder, pars defect in my lower spine, my emotions are all over the place im on antidepressants, sleeping tablets, diazepam (ive been on these for years but this pain is making it harder to try and stay out of depression and anxiety) i really hope someone reads this and can tell me more , its getting to the point that i dont want to go to the drs or hospitals anymore because we are getting no where.sigh..
    thank you ghee,. my mum has got MS so i have to prepare to be there for my brothers, my youngest brother is only 8 :-( . they all live a flight & few hours drive away so i dont see them often although we talk everyday almost, i unconditionally feel responsable for all of them & would hate anything to happen to me because i know life would not ever be the same for them, i dont want to hurt them and if i died i know it would, we werent a close family growing up, but we have been through alot as a family & i just want to make up for lost time. my brothers dont have anyone apart from my mum and me to turn to so you see thats why i need to be well and why i worry so much (although i do that anyway). i have cried most of my life and tried to fight of this depression, i need to continue counselling but i am to sore to go most days, nobody understands what this pain is like. i just want to cry , put my duvet over my head and pretend life doesnt excist

    • ANSWER:
      Part of your depression is from your pain - get the ultrasound so they can determine what it is - it could be pressing on a nerve in your leg - (we have no way of knowing what it is-we haven't seen the films) - Once that is determined - maybe it will relieve some of your pain problems -
      After that has been resolved -- find yourself another Dr. for a second opinion - sometimes the problem with not getting results for a medical problem --is that we go to the SAME Dr. over and over again -- get another opinion - it is not a "disloyalty" to your Dr. - it is a service to yourself -
      As for your brothers -- you are their sister - not their mother - and you should let them know that you are having problems - and you need their help and support - you only have so much energy to go around -- and you need to concentrate on 1) getting yourself well 2) your children -- maybe they could help you by babysitting -picking up groceries-picking up children - picking up dinner - washing dishes - taking out your garbage - filling up your car, etc. -- (men are sometimes a litle dense-you have to tell them what you need -they won't think of it on their own!)
      Good luck on getting a good diagnosis and getting well --

  2. QUESTION:
    has anyone ever been diagnosed with tarlov cysts..please help?
    i have had severe lower back pain and i had an mri and was dx with tarlov cysts on my s2 and i seen a nuerosugeon and he stated i was to young for an operation so he stated i had inflammation of the joints. i am waiting for an appointment to go for steriod shots in my back. the illness is not familiar to a lot of dr's and i was told i had this since birth. they won't vavidate what i am going through and i feel helpless. i can't even stand for more than 5-15 minutes while doing dishes....

    • ANSWER:
      What are Tarlov Cysts?
      Tarlov cysts are fluid-filled sacs that most often affect nerve roots in the sacrum, the group of bones at the base of the spine. These cysts can compress nerve roots, causing lower back pain, sciatica (shock-like or burning pain in the lower back, buttocks, and down one leg to below the knee), urinary incontinence, sexual dysfunction, and some loss of feeling or control of movement in the leg and/or foot. Pressure on the nerves next to the cysts can also cause pain. Tarlov cysts may become symptomatic following shock, trauma, or exertion that causes the buildup of cerebrospinal fluid. Women are at much higher risk of developing these cysts than are men.

  3. QUESTION:
    I have knee pain slightly below the knee cap what is this?
    I run quite a bit and slightly below my knee i get this pain. Its not a real sharp pain though and it only happens when i start to use my knee more excessivily. Its only in my right leg too. Does anybody know what this is and what i could do to help it?

    • ANSWER:
      See your health care provider as soon as possible. If there is pain or swelling in the calf below the sore knee, you may have a blood clot. More likely, you have a Baker's cyst. These cysts start as fluid-filled sacs in an inflamed knee but enlarge through the tissues of the calf and may cause swelling quite a distance below the knee. You should see your doctor for this condition.
      Listen to the pain message and try not to do anything that aggravates the pain. Otherwise, acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen.
      Swimming and walking are probably the best overall exercises. Gradually increase your distances. Knee problems can develop from the feet, so proper shoes can help.
      Se your doctor if pain remains after six weeks of home treatment. And good luck.

  4. QUESTION:
    i have ankle and foot pain?
    the top of my foot hurts.and ankle my ankle hurts a little i didn't do anything to it that i know of. i have a little cyst on the side of my ankle. its a little swollen but not really.

    • ANSWER:
      You should really have the cyst examined to ensure it's not any sort of malignant growth.

      Even if it's not, if it has cause you to favor the way you walk, it may have affected the mechanics of your stride and the function of the joint. This is a very common origin for many types of joint pain and dysfunction. Many athletes with otherwise perfectly healthy knees and backs often develop back and knee pain because they've changed the way they walk as a result of pain in their ankles.

      A podiatrist, osteopath, and physical therapist can help you determine what may be causing your joint pain and, if possible, anything that can be done to relieve it. One of the worst things you can do in the meantime is to try to mask the pain through the long-term use of common over-the-counter pain remedies.

      Many NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) can wreak havoc upon the digestive tract and others, like Acetaminophen, (the active ingredient in Tylenol) can have cumulative toxic effects on the liver, all while perhaps covering-up a problem that may be growing progressively worse.

      The best (and safest) course of action is to seek treatment for the cyst and the mechanical issues that may be causing your joint pain.

      Best of luck. I hope this helps.

  5. QUESTION:
    anyone heard of tarlov cyst?

    • ANSWER:
      Gemma, Tarlov cysts are sacs filled with cerebrospinal fluid that most often affect nerve roots in the sacrum, the group of bones at the base of the spine. These cysts (also known as meningeal or perineural cysts) can compress nerve roots, causing lower back pain, sciatica (shock-like or burning pain in the lower back, buttocks, and down one leg to below the knee), urinary incontinence, headaches (due to changes in cerebrospinal fluid pressure), constipation, sexual dysfunction, and some loss of feeling or control of movement in the leg and/or foot. Pressure on the nerves next to the cysts can also cause pain and deterioration of surrounding bone. Tarlov cysts can be diagnosed using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); however, it is estimated that the majority of the cysts observed by MRI cause no symptoms. Tarlov cysts may become symptomatic following shock, trauma, or exertion that causes the buildup of cerebrospinal fluid. Women are at much higher risk of developing these cysts than are men.

      In some instances Tarlov cysts can cause nerve pain and other pain, weakness, or nerve root compression. Acute and chronic pain may require changes in lifestyle. If left untreated, nerve root compression can cause permanent neurological damage.

      Tarlov cysts may be drained and shunted to relieve pressure and pain, but relief is often only temporary and fluid build-up in the cysts will recur. Corticosteroid injections may also temporarily relieve pain. Other drugs may be prescribed to treat chronic pain and depression. Injecting the cysts with fibrin glue (a combination of naturally occurring substances based on the clotting factor in blood) may provide temporary relief of pain. Some scientists believe the herpes simplex virus, which thrives in an alkaline environment, can cause Tarlov cysts to become symptomatic. Making the body less alkaline, through diet or supplements, may lessen symptoms. Microsurgical removal of the cyst may be an option in select individuals who do not respond to conservative treatments and who continue to experience pain or progressive neurological damage.

  6. QUESTION:
    What is a dilated perineural cyst?
    THE PERINEURAL CYST IS LOCATED IN THE SACRAL CANAL.

    • ANSWER:
      Perineural cysts

      Definition

      Perineural cysts (also called Tarlov cysts) are abnormal fluid-filled sacs located in the sacrum, the base of the spine.

      Description

      Perineural cysts appear to be dilated or ballooned areas of the sheaths that cover nerve roots exiting from the sacral area of the spine. The spaces or cysts created by the dilated sheaths are directly connected to the subarachnoid area of the spinal column, the area through which cerebrospinal fluid flows. Many people have perineural cysts but no symptoms at all; in fact, the majority of people with these cysts are completely unaware of their existence. However, when conditions cause these perineural cysts to fill with cerebrospinal fluid and expand in size, they can begin to compress important neighboring nerve fibers, resulting in a variety of symptoms, including pain, weakness, and abnormal sensation.

      Demographics

      More women than men develop perineural cysts.

      Causes and symptoms

      A variety of conditions that can increase the flow of cerebrospinal fluid may cause perineural cysts to expand in size, creating symptoms. Such conditions include traumatic injury, shock, or certain forms of exertion (such as heavy lifting) or exercise. Prolonged sitting or standing may cause cysts to fill and retain fluid. Other research suggests that herpes simplex virus can cause the body chemistry to become more alkaline, which predisposes the cerebrospinal fluid to fill the perineural cysts, thus prompting the advent of symptoms.

      The symptoms of expanding perineural cysts occur due to compression of nerve roots that exit from the sacral area. Symptoms may include back pain and sciatica, a syndrome of symptoms that occur due to compression or inflammation of the sciatic nerve. Sciatica results in burning, tingling, numbness, stinging, or electric shock sensations in the lower back, buttocks, thigh, and down the leg to below the knee. Severe sciatica may also result in weakness of the leg or foot. Other more severe symptoms of perineural cysts include loss of bladder control and problems with sexual functioning.

      Diagnosis

      Because most perineural cysts don't cause symptoms, most perineural cysts are never diagnosed. When symptoms do develop that are suggestive of perineural cysts, MRI will usually demonstrate their presence, and CT myelography (a test in which dye is injected into the spine) may demonstrate the cerebrospinal fluid flow between the spinal subarachnoid area and the cyst.

      Treatment team

      Neurologists and neurosurgeons usually treat individuals with perineural cysts. A urologist may be called in to consult with individuals whose cysts are interfering with bladder or sexual functioning.

      Treatment

      Although using a needle to drain fluid from perineural cysts can temporarily relieve their accompanying symptoms, eventually the cysts will refill with cerebrospinal fluid and the symptoms will recur. Similarly, steroid injections can provide short-term pain relief. Pain may also be temporarily controlled by injecting the cysts with fibrin glue (a substance produced from blood chemicals involved in the clotting mechanism). Using diet or dietary supplements to decrease the body's alkalinity may prevent perineural cysts from filling with more fluid. Medications used to treat chronic nerve-related pain (such as anticonvulsants and antidepressants) may be helpful.

      When pain is intractable despite a variety of interventions, or when weakness or other neurological symptoms become severe, surgery to remove the cysts may be necessary. This is the only permanent treatment for perineural cysts; once removed, they very rarely recur.

      Prognosis

      Most individuals with perineural cysts have no symptoms whatsoever. Those who do have symptoms run a risk of neurological damage if the cysts continue to compress nerve structures over time. Individuals who undergo neurosurgery to remove the cysts usually have an excellent outcome, with no cyst recurrence.

  7. QUESTION:
    Pain just above right knee, back of thigh, what could this be?
    I am currently in bed and was just chatting on the phone when this pain started radiating up and down my right thigh in the location described! This came on very suddenly and is worrying me a great deal. What could be causing it?! It is painful to press or touch the area also! Thanks for your help x

    • ANSWER:
      Pain above the knee--in the groin, thigh, or buttocks--should make you think of the hip; pain that is below the knee involves something else. Most characteristic is groin pain, buttock and posterior pain can indicate a spine problem; thigh and anterior pain could be due to a soft-tissue disorder as well as the hip.

      There are two general kinds of knee problems: mechanical (e.g., from injury) and inflammatory (e.g., from arthritis).

      ARTHRITIS (usually osteoarthritis): Pain may be widely distributed in knees. Morning stiffness (lessens as person
      moves around). Knee swelling. Decrease in knee motion. Joint locks or clicks when knee is bent or straightened.
      More common in older people (e.g., over 50).

      CHONDROMALACIA/RUNNER S KNEE/PATELLOFEMORAL PAIN SYNDROME: Various terms are used for pain in the front of the knee around the kneecap. The underlying cause is often unclear but is often an overuse injury. Dull pain around or under kneecap that is worse when walking down or climbing up stairs or hills. Pain when knee bears weight as it straightens.

      MENISCUS INJURY (torn cartilage on inside or outside of knee): May be injured when twisting (rotating) knee while bearing weight. Pain when knee is straightened. Knee swelling. Knee may click or lock. Knee feels weak.

      TENDINITIS (inflammation of a tendon): Often overuse injury from running, cycling, basketball. Tender where tendon meets bone. Knee pain during running or hurried walking. Difficulty bending, straightening or lifting leg.

      ILIOTIBIAL BAND SYNDROME: Common thigh overuse injury (running, cycling, hiking, weight-lifting). Ache or burning/stinging on outside and just above knee during activity. Pain radiating up outside of thigh during activity (especially as foot strikes ground) and after activity. Snap when knee is bent and then straightened.

      ANTERIOR CRUCIATE LIGAMENT (ACL) INJURY: Partial or complete tear of femur-tibia ligament at front of knee. Often sports injury when knee is bent back or side-to-side or twisted. Popping sound on injury. Pain on outside and back of knee. Swelling of knee. Knee movement limited. Knee may feel unstable or buckle.

      PREPATELLAR BURSITIS: Common form of bursitis associated with chronic kneeling ("housemaid's knee") or a direct blow to knee. Knee pain when kneeling on floor. Swelling between kneecap and skin.

      BAKER'S CYST: Pain and swelling at back of knee. If cyst ruptures, pain in back of knee can travel down the calf.

      DISLOCATION OF KNEECAP: Pain, tenderness and swelling of knee possibly resulting from sports injury. Kneecap is displaced to outside of knee and knee appears deformed. Kneecap moves excessively from side to side.

      MEDIAL COLLATERAL LIGAMENT (MCL) INJURY: May result from blow to outside of knee. Pain on inside of knee. Popping sound on injury. Knee feels unstable. Swelling. (The MCL joins inside femur to tibia).

      TENDON TEAR: May be injured trying to break a fall. Pain above kneecap (quadriceps tendon) or below kneecap (patellar tendon).

      ANSERINE BURSITIS: Most often seen with osteoarthritis, especially in overweight middle-aged women. Can also be an overuse injury in athletes. Knee pain just below inside of knee when knee bent. May be worse at night and on climbing stairs.

      PLICA SYNDROME Unusual condition. Symptoms may be similar to meniscus injury or tendinitis. Swelling. Weakness of knee. Locking of knee. Snapping or clicking sensation. (Plica syndrome comes from irritation of synovial membrane bands around knee joint, possibly from overuse or injury).

      LATERAL COLLATERAL LIGAMENT (LCL) INJURY: Unusual injury. May result from blow to inside of knee. Pain on outside of knee. Popping sound on injury. Knee feels unstable. Swelling. (The LCL joins outside femur to fibula).

      POSTERIOR CRUCIATE LIGAMENT (PCL) INJURY: Unusual injury. Partial or complete tear of femur-tibia ligament at back of knee. Often from blow to front of a flexed knee (e.g., dashboard in auto accident). Popping sound on injury. Severity of pain depends on severity of tear. Pain may be worse with stairs or hills. Swelling or bruising on back of knee. Knee movement limited. Knee may feel unstable or buckle.

      INFRAPATELLAR BURSITIS: Unusual condition. Pain and swelling just below front of knee. Symptoms may be similar to jumper's knee or tendinitis. Localized tenderness. Limitation of knee movement.

      PEDIATRIC CAUSES OF KNEE PAIN: Children can suffer from some of the same causes of knee pain as adults. However, some conditions occur primarily in children. Osteochondritis dissecans is caused by loss of blood supply to bone beneath a joint and can be associated with a family history of the same condition, weakness of the knee, sharp pain in the knee, and locking of the knee joint. Osgood-Schlatter disease is a common cause of knee pain in young athletes, mostly in boys who are having a growth spurt during their pre-teen or teenage years; it causes swelling, pain and tenderness just below the knee an

  8. QUESTION:
    cause of right knee pain?
    I'm a pretty serious runner (I run half marathons) and I also play basketball. About 6 weeks ago, I went running, and from the very beginning, I felt this sharp/pulling pain in the back of my knee. I've never had any problem with my knees before, so I'm not very familiar with knee injuries. My first thought was that I tweaked a tendon or ligament. I stayed off it and iced it but there hasn't been any improvement. I finally went to the doctor and they did a physical examination, and they said my symptoms sounded like a Baker's cyst, except they couldn't find it. They said that a small cyst wouldn't be giving me this much pain. It occasionally causes pain under my kneecap, and my knee feels inflamed all the time. When I plant my foot and twist my knee/thigh inwards (to the left), I feel a painful pull in the middle of my knee, and then sometimes it locks when I twist it back. I can do almost all activities (except running and extended walking) and my range of motion isn't really affected. Any ideas what it might be?

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    stress related lower(lumbar) back pain?
    I've suffered from stress-related lower back issues (the lumbar for you medical savy people, not just saying this, I've taken anatomy and phisiology classes, anyway).
    My first "episode" was when I was in 9th grade. I was 14 at the time *currently am 19*. I was walking to class when I had an INSANE amount of pain suddenly hit my lower back. The best way I can describe is that it felt like someone shot me in the back and the bullet was letting out small electrical impulses from my lower back. I dang near screamed when I felt the sudden pain. It was so bad I practically limped to the nurses office. I was taken home immediatly and I was put on bed rest for next day or so, just giving my back time to relax and try to not feel as much pain.

    I've never had an episode quite nearly as bad as that one, but I've noticed I still get pretty bad back pain every now and again since that incident. It normally happens when I get really stressed out over something or someone. I'm wondering if I should go to the health professional on my college campus and see if I could get an official diagnosis or not. I've never felt tingly sensations down in my knees/legs when I get the back pain, nor do I feel numbness in my legs. The pain is strictly in my lower back and it hurts bad :(

    I'm wondering if I should go to my campus physician and see if there's anything else going on. As I said before, the pain is strictly in my lower back and never my legs/knees/feet.

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  10. QUESTION:
    Ligament pain behind the knee?
    In my right knee the left ligament will get a stabbing pain. I work on my feet all day and not sure what caused it? It's been going on for about 4 weeks now. It comes and goes a couple times a day. Not sure what this could be?

    • ANSWER:
      Pain in the back of the knee can be due to the formation of a cyst, called a Baker's Cyst, in the back of the knee joint. Also common is for kneecap pain to be felt in the back of the knee.

      http://orthopedics.about.com/od/hipknee/a/kneesymptoms.htm

  11. QUESTION:
    Has anyone out there heard of Tarlov Cysts. If so what all do you know about it>>?

    • ANSWER:
      Tarlov cysts are fluid-filled sacs that most often affect nerve roots in the sacrum, the group of bones at the base of the spine. These cysts can compress nerve roots, causing lower back pain, sciatica (shock-like or burning pain in the lower back, buttocks, and down one leg to below the knee), urinary incontinence, sexual dysfunction, and some loss of feeling or control of movement in the leg and/or foot. Pressure on the nerves next to the cysts can also cause pain. Tarlov cysts may become symptomatic following shock, trauma, or exertion that causes the buildup of cerebrospinal fluid. Women are at much higher risk of developing these cysts than are men.

  12. QUESTION:
    Knee pop after hit and pain?
    I got hit during my lacrosse game where my foot was planted and I got hit but my knee went out sideways and popped. There's still some pain but I'm not sure what this injury is or what to do about it

    • ANSWER:
      Popping and snapping within the knee is quite common, and often not a symptom of any particular problem. When the pops or snaps are painless, there is usually no problem--the bigger concern is when these sounds are associated with pain. A pop is often heard or felt when a ligament, such as the ACL, is torn.

      Pain on the inside, or medial aspect, of the knee is commonly caused by medial meniscus tears, medial collateral ligament injuries, and arthritis of the joint.

      Pain in the back of the knee can be due to the formation of a cyst, called a Baker's Cyst, in the back of the knee joint. Also common is for kneecap pain to be felt in the back of the knee.

      http://orthopedics.about.com/od/hipknee/

  13. QUESTION:
    For the past 3 days i have had leg pain all the way behind my knee...did i pull my hamstring?
    Well, the pain started soon after i was on a run with my dog....she likes running so i decided we could do some sprints. I was running as fast as i could and by the time i got back to my apartment the rear of my leg was hurting like a b$%@#. My dad said it was a cramp and i was "low on potassium", so i took my vitamins and ate a banana. That did little good, and after three days it still hurts a lot. The kind of pain that makes you not be able to bend over to touch your toes kind of thing. Did i pull my hamstring?

    • ANSWER:
      You may have pulled a hamstring. You have to give the muscle a rest. Continuing to engage in the same activities which caused the strain may cause further injury or delay healing. If a pulled thigh muscle is severe, it may be suggested you stay off your feet as much as possible. When sitting keep your leg elevated, which can reduce swelling.

      Use ice. When a thigh muscle is pulled, swelling may occur. Applying ice to the thigh for 15 minutes a few times a day may reduce the swelling and the pain. Wrap an ice pack in a clean towel and place it on the part of the thigh muscle which is pulled. Avoid putting ice directly on the skin which can cause injury. Ice is usually most effective if used for the first day or two after the injury.

      Wrap the thigh muscle in a compression bandage. This helps reduce swelling, which can contribute to discomfort. Although the bandage needs to be tight enough to help reduce swelling, making it too tight can cut off circulation. If you feel numbness or tingling in the thigh muscle, loosen the bandage.

      Take over-the-counter pain medication. The pain involved in most pulled thigh muscles can usually be reduced with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen.

      Undergo physical therapy. Most pulled thigh muscles will heal within a few weeks and will not require further treatment. However, if you have severe muscle pulls or if the muscle is repeatedly pulled, your doctor may suggest physical therapy after the majority of the pain is gone. A therapist may use ice, heat or water therapy to speed up healing. A therapist may also teach strengthening and stretching exercises to improve the range of motion and prevent future pulls

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      Pain in the back of the knee can be due to the formation of a cyst, called a Baker's Cyst, in the back of the knee joint. Also common is for kneecap pain to be felt in the back of the knee.

      http://orthopedics.about.com/od/hipknee/a/kneesymptoms.htm

  14. QUESTION:
    knee pain?
    I have extreme pain in my right knee. it is under my knee. like the back of it. it hurts so bad when i walk, I am trying to walk normally but i am having to walk with a limp. What should I do? What could it be? I can not think of anything that i did to hurt it!
    I forgot to tell how long it has been hurting. it has been feeling like this for about 3 or 4 days. It is almost unbearable. it hurts so bad- I just dont know what to do about it.
    I am a 17 year old female. I dont play any sports. I am pretty active though. I babysit a two year old and run around with him for like 4 hours a day

    • ANSWER:
      There are serveral things that can cause pain in the back of the knee, probably the three most common disorders are: a muscular injury of the hamstring tendon or popliteus muscle(which doesn't seem likely since you do not recall hurting it), a baker's cyst (which is often a sign of other problems in the knee...see next) and finally a mensicus injury. The meniscus is a cartilaginous tissue that helps cusion the knee joint and faciliate normal movement. Tearing of the posterior horn of the mensicus can result in posterior knee pain. Tears can occur due to injury, poor mechanics of the joint (if you had alignment problems of the knees, feet, etc), or degeneration.

      All of these conditions require evaluation by a physician (preferrably an orthopedist) to confirm diagnosis.

  15. QUESTION:
    Pain in back of knee?
    Okay, so only recently I have been getting like a pulling pain in the back of my knee when I straighten my leg whilst walking.
    Does anyone know what I've done, Many thanks. :)
    It is now also hurting when I'm sat down with my leg up, like short bursts of pain in the front of my knee.

    • ANSWER:
      The fact that you specify the pain is pulling makes me think of torn hamstring. Those usually heal with rest, ice, anti-inflammatories, and the right therapeutic exercise.

      Another common problem that causes pain behind the knee is a Baker's cyst, which is more annoying than dangerous. If cyst pain or swelling really gets bad, you can ask a doctor to drain it or treat it surgically, but Baker's cysts sometimes come back even after that is done.

      Make sure you see no swelling below the knee in that lower leg, down in the calf, ankle, or foot, when you compare the two legs. If the lower leg with behind-the-knee pain is a little more swollen than the other leg, you want to see a doctor soon for possible deep vein thrombosis (DVT). That's the one dangerous condition that needs to be treated quickly that goes with this pain, but it's more likely to be a hamstring, cyst, chondromalacia, or perhaps a strain or tear to the posterior cruciate ligament (not a commonly injured knee ligament).

      Good luck. I hope it gets better soon.

  16. QUESTION:
    excruciating pain back of right knee?
    for the past 3 weeks i have had pain in back of knee.this is really uncomfortable unable to bend my leg as it really hurts,but the pain seems to travel down my leg too into foot,thought it could be sciatica,but its not coming from the buttock,had x ray waiting for results also going for an ultrasound in 10 days but cant cope with the pain any clues would be a great help as my doctor does nnot know what this could be.

    • ANSWER:
      There are a couple possibilities of what it could be. It could be a pinched nerve in the back of the knee or what is known as a Baker's Cyst. Baker's Cysts can be very painful and can cause infection if not taken care of. If your doctor doesn't find either of these things, then chances are you will find an answer by going to a chiropractor who specializes in sports injuries, as it could be a subluxated (misaligned) fibula (the bone in the back of the lower leg).

  17. QUESTION:
    Is a ganglion cyst and bursitis the same thing (wrist)?

    • ANSWER:
      No, a ganglion cyst is a fluid filled lump that can develop along tendons or joints of your hands and wrists and occasionally your feet. they usually cause no pain and their exact cause is not known. usually ganglion cysts can go away on their own. If it causes pressure on the nerves around the area, it can cause pain but on its own it is not painful. Bursitis is inflammation of a bursa, which is basically a small fluid filled pad that is like a cushion along your bones and tendons near joints. Bursitis is often seen in the elbows, hips or shoulders and has been seen less often in the knee, heel or the base of the great toe.It is usually caused by frequent repetitive motions. Bursitis is painful and can be treated by rest and protecting the joint. see the mayo clinic website for signs and symptoms of each to further test your symptoms.

  18. QUESTION:
    Fluid in My Knee Help?
    I have some fluid in my knee and it hurts badly whenever i bend my knee more than 90 degrees, i did not hit it or bump it or do anything different than what i normally do, my question is, how did it get there, how do i get rid of it, and will it occur again after its gone..?

    i used to do cross country running about 4 miles every day, i stopped running for about a month and a half and this happened, could it have been because of the lack of activity in my knee? or could it be from masturbation? i remember reading that masturbation has affect on your knees making them weaker and then i read that it has nothing to do with your knees...all help is appreciated!

    btw im only 15..and i dont want to have surgery on my knee, i plan on running for college and i dont want my knee to get in the way of that, please and thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      See your health care provider as soon as possible (orthopedic) or primary care doctor. If there is pain or swelling in the calf below the sore knee, you may have a blood clot. More likely, you may have a Baker's cyst. These cysts start as fluid-filled sacs in an inflamed knee but enlarge through the tissues of the calf and may cause swelling quite a distance below the knee. You should see your doctor for this condition.
      The knee is a hinge. It is a large weight bearing joint, but its motion is much more strictly limited than that of most other joints. It will straighten for stable support, and it will bend to more than a right angle, to approximately 120 degree. However, it won't move in any other direction. The limited motion of the knee gives it great strength, but it isn't engineered to take side stresses.
      There are two cartilage compartments in the knee-- one inner and one outer. If the cartilage wears unevenly, the leg can bow in or bow out. If you were born with crooked legs, there can be strain that causes the cartilage to wear more rapidly. If you are overweight, you are far more likely to have knee problems.
      If the knee is unstable and wobbles, or if it cannot be straightened out, you need a doctor. This is also true if the knee is red or hot, which suggests the possibility of gout or an infection; the knee is the joint most frequently bothered by these serious problems.
      Listen to the pain message and try not to do anything that aggravates the pain. If you have arthritis, make sure you are taking your medication as directed. Otherwise, acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen may be used to ease the pain. Also knee problems can develop from the feet, so proper shoes can help.
      Se your doctor if pain remains after six weeks. I hope this helps you. And good luck.

  19. QUESTION:
    What is this leg pain?
    The past couple of days my leg has hurt a little - on and off sort of leg cramping. I've been walking a lot but no more than usual (not even exercising, like walking around the mall, stuff like that)..could this be why it hurts?

    • ANSWER:
      Leg pain is a common symptom and complaint. For more specific topics, see foot pain, hip pain, knee pain, muscle pain, joint pain, shin splints, and blockage of leg arteries.

      Common Causes Return to top

      Leg pain can be due to a muscle cramp (also called a charley horse). Common causes of cramps include:

      * Muscle fatigue or strain from overuse, too much exercise, or holding a muscle in the same position for a long time
      * Dehydration or low amounts of potassium, sodium, calcium, or magnesium in the blood
      * Medications such as:
      o Diuretics, which can cause you to lose too much fluid or minerals
      o Statins, which lower cholesterol

      An injury can also cause leg pain from:

      * A torn or overstretched muscle (strain)
      * Inflamed tendon (tendinitis)
      * Shin splints -- pain in the front of your leg related to overuse or repetitive pounding
      * Hairline crack in the bone (stress fracture)

      Other common causes of leg pain include:

      * Blood clot (deep vein thrombosis) from prolonged bed rest
      * Atherosclerosis (plaque buildup) that blocks blood flow in the arteries (this type of pain, called claudication, is generally felt when exercising or walking and relieved by rest)
      * Inflammation of the leg joints by arthritis or gout
      * Nerve damage -- common in diabetics, smokers, and alcoholics (symptoms include numbness, tingling, or a sensation of pins-and-needles)
      * Infection of the bone (osteomyelitis) or skin and soft tissue (cellulitis)
      * Varicose veins

      Less common causes include:

      * Slipped capital femoral epiphysis -- usually seen in boys and overweight children between 11 and 15 years old, this refers to a separation of the ball of the hip joint from the thigh bone. It causes pain and growth abnormalities.
      * Legg-Calve-Perthes disease -- poor blood flow to the hip that may stop or slow the normal growth of the leg. This condition usually affects boys between 4 and 10 years old.
      * Benign tumors or cysts of the femur or tibia (osteoid ostioma).
      * Malignant bone tumors (osteosarcoma, Ewing sarcoma).
      * Drugs such as allopurinol and corticosteroids.
      * Sciatic nerve pain (radiating pain down the leg) caused by a slipped disk in the back.

  20. QUESTION:
    What causes tightness, tingling, and slight pain behind the knees?
    Seems to be the top of the calves muscles
    i ride my bike a lot, also its in both knees. I fit my bike myself but should probably get a professional fitting.

    I have had lyme disease and got arthritic pain in back of my knees that was very bad but went away after antibiotics. HOwever for a year after i had pain when crouching. I hope its not chronic arthritis acting up or something. Its quite weird its like illectrical squigly feeling like theres little bugs crawling around. It comes and goes.

    • ANSWER:
      One possibility is a Baker's cyst, also called a popliteal cyst. Please click this link for more information about this common problem:
      http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/tc/bakers-cyst-topic-overview
      Swelling as mentioned there is found more often than not with Baker's cyst, but not having visible swelling doesn't rule this out. To really get it diagnosed for sure, as there are always multiple possibilities with symptoms like these, see an internist or orthopedist specializing in knees. One thing that makes this less likely is if you are having these symptoms in both knees, as your post suggests. Most people with a Baker's cyst develop it in one knee first, not both simultaneously.

      Another possibility, if you're an athlete such as a runner and feel these symptoms in the back of the knee when your foot strikes the ground is iliotibial or IT band syndrome.

  21. QUESTION:
    Cause of these knee pain issues?
    So cutting a long story short I have had severe pains in my legs since I was 12, around turning 16 they moved into just my knees and now at 19 I have a cyst behind/in my kneecap and the Patella tendon or whatever just below my kneecap is always swollen like there is a marble inside the muscle.
    It is so bad that I recently just gained the ability to step off my porch without crumbling in pain and don't need a cane to walk as much. But now it is getting real painful again. I tried physical therapy twice but the pain just comes back with a vengeance.

    What could be the cause of this and what should I do about it?
    My doctor set a checkup appointment for me next month to see if the cyst is still there (it is, the appointment was set up 6 months ago) and said if it is I'll need surgery to remove it, how long will the recovery take?
    Also I am a painter and have to climb ladders a lot, it's not my living being that I still live at home, so should I ask for time off or just plain quit or what? Being that it takes me 3 minutes to climb 4 feet up a ladder and then I need to rest for another 2 minutes.

    • ANSWER:

  22. QUESTION:
    bone cyst what is the cause?
    i have bone cyst on my 10th rib on both sides, right humeruos,behide knee,top of foot and on my right shoulder, doctors say its nothing but i have had cancer and i'm very worried they wont even do a biopsyon them,sometimes they are very painful, can't use my right arm without it hurting ,i dont know what to do,

    • ANSWER:
      As far as I know, one cysts, depending on origin and aetiology (meaning what has caused it) can be treated uner local anaesthtic, if done by the right people. During that time, a biopsy can be taken and sent to the lab.
      Go get yourself a second or even third opinion. Quality of life is what matters and is is plain awful that you are in such pain and cannot do anything about the place. The link I have shown you is for podiatry only, but there are other links for the other types of cyst too.

  23. QUESTION:
    What is this bump on my knee?
    Hello!
    As the question states, I have this bump/lump on my knee that's been there for about a year now.
    Initially, it was just skin colored, and kind of looks like a bubble-wrap bubble, except smaller.
    There aren't any pains, I wouldn't even notice it was there if it wasn't for the appearance and it doesn't leak any fluids or anything (no pus). It only hurts if I constantly pick at it, which makes sense. A couple of weeks though, I cut a part of the bump and I noticed that it was basically build-up of skin, but the whole flesh wound didn't bleed, it seems like only little certain small sections of it bleed. And it was only blood that came out of it.
    I then decided to perhaps try at cutting the whole thing off, but could only get so far because it actually started to hurt a bit. Now that it's healed a bit, I noticed the bump doesn't exactly have the same appearance as before, before it was covered by my skin (smooth), and now there seems to be dry white skin on top, kind of reminding me of a time I had some wart on my foot :| (except there's no black stuff in it)
    If anyone could please tell me what this is I would really appreciate it, it's been bugging me forever!
    That's all, thanks for taking your time in reading my question!

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like a little epidermoid cyst
      "A cyst is a closed, sac like structure that contains fluid, gas, or semisolid material, they are common and can occur anywhere in the body in people of any age."

      They are usually harmless. The dry white skin will be the skin healing after you assaulted it. You were brave. Messing about with the bump could make it hurt. A bit of swelling pressing on a nerve causes pain.
      It is impossible to tell you exactly what it is. Why not ask your doctor the next time you see him/her? Or a nurse at your school?

      I've got a little bump half way down the shin bone on my left leg from where I decided to see if it hurt when I cut myself. It hurt and the bump is there to remind me for ever.
      Different way round from you, your bump preceded the cut!

  24. QUESTION:
    What can be done about knee problem?
    My left knee does something extremely painful at times. If I kneel down and then try to stand back up, it will sometimes pop out of place on the left side. It isn't a weight issue because I can be laying on the bed and straighten my leg a certain way and it pops out and I scream! I have to move it a certain way to straighten it without causing more pain when it pops back in place. If I'm standing, I have to get down on my butt, move the leg up to my butt and then straighten it by using my other foot to push it out.

    I'm not sure why it does this. I have no problems walking.
    Thanks for your answers. I would like to pick both of you for the best answer, but unfortunately Yahoo won't allow it.

    • ANSWER:
      Could be a cyst behind the knee cap. A cortisone shot in that knee will probably help, just make sure there is no cyst there before having the shot. If a cyst is found it will have to be drained by a knee surgeon unless your regular Doctor can do it. I would have it checked for the cyst before doing anything else. You don't say how old you are but it could be arthritis also. An MRI of that knee will tell them the exact problem. Wishing you the very best young lady and good luck on finding and eliminating the pain.

  25. QUESTION:
    Medical Problems with Knee.?
    I have a problem with my knee and it s getting worse. Briefly I got a pain in my right Knee that was a bit like a dull ache (I have not injured my knee in any way) and it has progressively got worse over the last 4 weeks. the pain is in my knee cap and at the back of my knee, again briefly I have had an xray that suggested OA and an MRI Scan that suggested the same, my knee is about twice it s size and the swelling has now gone in to my calf (That is as hard as a rock) and my foot that is twice it s size) having been referred to the Hospital from my GP they say its nothing to worry about But I am in agony with it I have to go on all fours to got to the toilet! Initially it was thought to be a clot on the leg (Now ruled out) but a cyst could be the problem I am not a hypochondriac and know what I feel but I am most concerned that this is something that has not been detected what do I do ? apart from whinge I am in the UK TIA

    • ANSWER:
      It could be a number of things from Arthritis to Cartilidge to Ligamint Damage. I say def get a couple opinons and get an MRI because it shows so much that an xray can't. I acctually have knee problems that occured over time from not wearing shoes that supported my arches, and as a result my knee caps were pulled out of place. Everything is connected so you don't have to have a specific injury to cause damage.

  26. QUESTION:
    Ganglion cyst on foot?
    How long will I be on crutches after a getting a biopsy on a foot gangling cyst? Will I be sore? On crutches? How do they do a biopsy?

    • ANSWER:
      this almost sounds like a neuroma- but heres a rundown of ganglions

      Ganglions are small sacs (cysts) filled with clear, jellylike fluid that often appear as bumps on the hands and wrists. They can also develop on feet, ankles, knees, or shoulders. They are not cancerous. A ganglion can grow out of a joint capsule, which surrounds and protects the joint, or a tendon sheath, which covers the tendon (the ropelike fibers connecting muscle to bone). Most people with ganglions notice that the bumps appear suddenly.
      Ganglions may be as small as a seed or larger than a cherry. A ganglion on the leg may get as big as 4 in.. Ganglions may grow as activity increases, because more fluid collects in the sac. They may also shrink and may break and go away on their own.
      One common type of ganglion, called a mucous cyst, occurs with osteoarthritis of the hands. This type of ganglion is usually found at the joint nearest the fingernail (distal interphalangeal [DIP] joint). Mucous cyst ganglions may be about the size of a seed or a blister and may be painful.

      Anyone can get a ganglion; adults between 15 and 40 years old are most likely to be affected.1 Women are affected three times as often as men.2 Children do not usually have ganglions, but if they do, the ganglion will very likely go away without any treatment.

      What causes ganglions?
      Experts do not know the exact cause of ganglions but believe they may be associated with:

      Inflammation or irritation of the tendon sheath or joint capsule.
      An injury.
      Overuse or repetitive motions, such as those you do at work.
      What are the symptoms?
      Ganglions are usually small, painless bumps, but they may be tender to the touch. There may be some slight swelling around the bump.

      Sometimes there can be pain, which increases with activity or pressure. This is because the ganglion puts pressure on the nerves that pass near the joint; this may also cause tingling in the fingers, hand, or forearm. Some ganglions can weaken your grip or affect joint motion.

      How are ganglions diagnosed?
      Ganglions can usually be diagnosed by their appearance and location. An X-ray may be done if your health professional suspects osteoarthritis or injury but will not be done only to diagnose the ganglion. Some of the fluid found in the ganglion may be removed and examined. Rarely, magnetic resonance image (MRI) or ultrasound is used to evaluate unusual ganglions.

      How are they treated?
      Ganglions usually do not need treatment and often go away on their own. If they are painful, limit activity, or are unsightly, your health professional may recommend nonsurgical treatment, such as wearing a splint, massaging the ganglion to reduce the fluid within the bump, or draining it with a needle and syringe (aspiration). Ganglions can also be surgically removed.

  27. QUESTION:
    Constant pain in left forearm, as i its about to explode!?
    Hi, ive recently had a nasty throbbing/pressure pain in my left arm.

    It used to just be a night, etc. but not have it constantly, and more intense.

    As i type i have to keep lifting it up above my head. if i have it below my shoulders then it feels as if it's about to explode, and my veins get amazingly big & visible!!!!!

    I used to get the nasty uncomfortable pain if i was in the sun for too long, and it just felt like there was loads of pressure building up in my arm!! but it was never this bad, and never constant..... all day.... whenever.....

    I'll lift my arm, and my veins shrink again..... go tiny, but my arm begins to feel mildly tingly and absent if i hold it up for too long, like the pain before pins and needles, if you're sitting on your leg or something.

    Went to doctor, but he seemed uninterested and said it was normal.

    When i lie there at night i have to keep moving my arm as it feels like its going to go tingly and dead!

    ONLY in left forearm.... nowhere else.
    more details : my veins arent as big on my right arm. That feels fine and normal, but for past 2 weeks ive had this left arm problem! keeps getting worse.

    it really is distressting now, and need to lift up every 10-15 seconds as i type because it gets so uncomfortable! the veins around the bending part of the arm seem very large, and thats where throbbing pain initiates. they bulge, as do the veins running down my bicep.

    My right arm does have visible veins, i'm a 18 yr old male, whos skinny... always have, but the left arm has such bulging ones... and really hurts in an odd ache/throb!!

    Please advise on what to do!!

    thought it may be BP - but the doctor did check my bp - didnt tell me what it was.... but he didnt express any concerns, so id imagine it wasnt too bad.

    Am in the UK, so dont have any hospital/GP/medication expense worries, so please feel free to suggest precautionary things to get checked out, even if unlikely.

    • ANSWER:
      If You are feeling burning, tingling, or electric shock type of pain that is usually nerve pain. If it is an ache it could be a number of things. You must visit your Family Physician and discuss for a proper diagnosis for the following related causes:

      - Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. This syndrome is caused by pressure on a nerve (median nerve) in the wrist. The symptoms include tingling, numbness, weakness, or pain of the fingers and hand.

      - Tendon Pain. It is actually a symptom of tendinosis, a series of very small tears (micro tears) in the tissue in or around the tendon. In addition to pain and tenderness, common symptoms of tendon injury include decreased strength and movement in the affected area.

      - De Quervain's Disease. This disease can occur in the hand and wrist when tendons and the tendon covering (sheath) on the thumb side of the wrist swell and become inflamed.

      - Repetitive Motion Syndrome. It is a term used to describe symptoms such as pain, swelling, or tenderness that occur from repeating the same motion over and over.

      - Writer's cramps develop with repeated hand or finger motion, such as writing or typing.

      - Dupuytren's Disease. This disease is an abnormal thickening of tissue beneath the skin in the palm of the hand or hands and occasionally the soles of the feet. The thickened skin and tendons (palmar fascia) may eventually limit movement or cause the fingers to bend so that they cannot be straightened.

      - Trigger Finger or Trigger Thumb occur when the flexor tendon and its sheath in a finger or thumb thicken or swell.

      - Ganglion cysts are small sacs (cysts) filled with clear, jelly-like fluid that often appear as bumps on the hands and wrists but can also develop on feet, ankles, knees, or shoulders.

      - Tingling or pain in the fingers or hand (especially the left hand) may be signs of a heart attack.

      - Diabetes may change how the hands normally feel or sense touch. Decreased feeling in the hands is common because of decreased blood flow to the hands or damage to nerves of the hand.

      - Pregnancy may cause redness, itching, swelling, numbness, or tingling that often goes away after delivery.

      - Osteoarthritis is the progressive breakdown of the tissue that protects and cushions joints (cartilage). It may cause stiffness and pain with movement.

      - Rheumatoid arthritis may cause stiffness and pain with movement. Over time, deformity of the fingers may occur. See an illustration of rheumatoid arthritis.

      - Lupus is a long-lasting autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks normal body tissues as though they were foreign substances. It may cause joint pain.

      - Gout is an inflammatory joint disease that causes acute pain and swelling. It is a form of arthritis that develops when uric acid crystals form in and around the joints, commonly affecting the big toe joint.

      - Raynaud's phenomenon is a condition in which some areas of the body, usually the fingers or toes, have an exaggerated response to cold temperature or emotional stress. During an attack of Raynaud's, the blood vessels in the affected areas tighten, severely limiting the flow of blood to the skin, causing a numbness, tingling, swelling, and pain.

      - Infection can cause pain, redness, and swelling that occur with red streaking, heat, fever, or the drainage of pus. An infection often causes tenderness to the touch or pain with movement at the site of the infection.

      For now make sure You allow your hand to be resting and avoid activities that may cause pain. You must also try to keep your arm warm. To ease the pain and reduce swelling take ibuprofen whenever needed. Overall, do visit your doctor to receive the proper treatment.

      Good Health To You !

  28. QUESTION:
    Should I see a doctors about my ganglion cyst?
    I've had it in my inner wrist bellow my thumb for a few months now. The only time it actually hurt was when it was starting to come in. Now I hardly notice it. It is pretty big though and I can tell that it is also vey imbedded as well. There is pretty much no pain. It only hurts now if I bang it or bend my hand the wrong way. Other than that I really don't notice it. The thing is, it hasn't shown any sines of going away. I don't want to have to go through a painful draining or surgery of something that really is causing me no problems at all.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,
      Ganglion cysts are small sacs (cysts) filled with clear, jellylike fluid that often appear as bumps on the hands and wrists but can also develop on feet, ankles, knees, or shoulders. They can be aspirated, removed with a needle and drawing the fluid out. If you do not get treatment it may continue to fill with more fluid and make your hand unusable if it becomes to large. It is your option what to do about it, it is your hand.
      God bless.

  29. QUESTION:
    leg pain???
    i have recently been in 2 (medium) car accidents and sustained a couple of injuries. partially torn acl and miniscus in both knees. it has been 4 months since i was given a clean bill of health, but i still have from mild discomfort to a very aggravating pain in my legs (not necessarily always my knees) . my shins are always very sensitive to touch. if i bump them into something, lightning type pain at times. i was told i have a small cyst in both knees and was told it is no big deal, hmm. I have flat feet and wear orthodix. i have been limping for over a year and have even lost a job. anybody relate???
    also my legs are usually cold or colder than my upper half by quite a bit the area round the shin bone especially is always cold. circulation, right, but why the throbbing pain?

    • ANSWER:
      Because of the accidents you have had that caused injuries it's very possible that you may be showing signs of arthritis. I would recommend getting a consultation with a rheumatologist (a doctor that diagnoses and treats diseases and disorders that relate to bones and joints) if you haven't already to get their input.

      I started having problems with arthritis when I was a teen because of injuries to my leg, one of them caused by a bruise from having a car door close back on my left leg.

  30. QUESTION:
    Should I be worrying (Round Ligament Pain)?
    I'm no stranger to round ligament pain.. I've basically had it since 4 weeks, and it's never been anything more than a few little twinges here and there. This past week however, my lower abdomen/pelvic region feels like it's just one giant bruise. I'm aware of it all day, and while it's not what I'd even call painful (more just bothersome), it does worry me. Is it something I should be talking to my doctor about? I have a prenatal next week so I'll mention it anyway.... but is it normal? I don't want to stress myself out for a week over nothing.

    Oh, and I'll be 15 weeks on Thursday. Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      I'm 30 and currently 5 1/2 months with a little girl (my 2nd child). But since the very early part of my pregnancy I've been experiencing SEVERE, SEVERE deep pelvic pain. Its the worst pain in the world that causes tears. I can't walk, stand, sit or lay bc it hurt so so so bad. When I lie on my back with my knees bent (trying to turn over) it's like a stinging burning sensation in my pelvic-vaginal area. I don't know why it started so early and why it's so bad. I've talked to my former midwife who then gave me an emerg. ultrasound to make sure there were no cysts and she also prescribed tylenol. NOTHING HELPED!!

      So I switched to another hospital and doctor. Now my doctor has me trying physical therapy... STILL DON'T HELP!! After leaving P.T. a few weeks ago the pain was even more excruciating. It was to a point where I just COULD NOT WALK!! My 7 yr old son was w me but it's a dying pain that I'm trying to endure with until she's born. I never had this before. Even if I lift like a bag of groceries or laundry basket I can feel the pain even more as if she's crowning! I've cried so much and have asked to be put on bed rest but she wants me to try the P.T. I'm telling you, it makes my knees buckle like I just wanna drop to the floor. But I hope that you don't have what I have. It's AN EVERYDAY, RIGHT NOW, ALL THE TIME, ROUND THE CLOCK pain!! On a scale 1-10, 10 the worst, it's 100!! I'm in pain.

      It worsens like in the middle of the night when I have to get up to potty, just trying to put my foot down and I stand up... WHOO..OOHH WEE... I have to very very slowly bend forward a bit, creep slowly on my tippie toes while holding below my belly just to walk from the bed to the bathroom. Bring it up to her bc it could be continuous. Good luck.

  31. QUESTION:
    i have been diagnosed with sciatica nerve pain. need some help?
    My docs put me on Mobic, zanaflex, and tramadol to control the severe symptoms. However, I do not like the side effects the tramadol provide. The Mobic works well but I keep forgetting to take ir, and it only works on the day to day pain, not the breakthrough pain I often get randomly. The Zanaflex makes me tired, and with two young kids, I don't like that feeling either. My doctor now (I recently switched) has talked of putting me on something like loratab or oxycontin. This is a no go for me. I do not like pain killers let alone narcotics! I do use otc Ibuprofen and it does help sometimes. What other prescription nonnarcotic pain killers work well for this condition? What else can I do to be proactive and try to get rid of the pain without pills. Im pretty active. I stretch almost daily but have had pain and weakness in my lower back/ buttocks and legs for nearly three years.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there ...

      Contrary to popular belief, sciatica is not a diagnosis but a symptom that can be caused by a number of conditions. It can, however, be a very debilitating symptom and understanding the root cause allows for appropriate treatment.

      What is Sciatica?

      The sciatic nerve is the largest and thickest nerve in the body, and it begins in the lower back and descends through the buttock and down the leg. Sciatica is defined as pain radiating to the leg, normally below the knee and into the foot and toes.
      It tends to follow along the dermatomal distribution of nerve roots L5 and S1 down the back of the leg and the side of the foot.

      Sciatica is associated with numbness and/or pins and needles. Lower limb muscle weakness, lack of sensation in areas along the leg and reflex changes can also occur.
      This pain may last more than two weeks and is worsened with coughing, sneezing, deep breathing and bending forward. But it s important to note that not all leg pain is indicative of sciatica which is why proper diagnosis is essential.

      The main cause of sciatica is a lumbar (lower back) disc herniation, followed by lumbar canal or foraminal stenosis (osteoarthritis). In rare occasions, tumors or cysts can also cause sciatica.

      The main cause of symptoms is due to inflammatory changes resulting from irritation or compression of the affected nerve root by its surrounding tissues. Unfortunately, those patients with true sciatica along with low back pain will have more persistent, severe pain that causes a prolonged state of disability and absence from work, compared to patients with lower back pain alone.

      There is a condition called piriformis syndrome that can mimic sciatica-type symptoms. The piriformis is a muscle that overlies the sciatic nerve, and when it becomes tight or spasms it can irritate the nerve.

      Symptoms include buttock pain and leg pain that doesn t refer past the knee (in contrast to sciatica, which radiates down the entire leg). This pain is exacerbated with sitting and sitting cross-legged. Unlike true sciatic pain, piriformis syndrome is typically not associated with lower back pain.

      You can read more about treating sciatica from the given source/link below :)

      Thanks,

      Liam

  32. QUESTION:
    Wrist pain in tendon area?
    I had a volar ganglion cyst removal just under 6 months ago. But in the last 3 or 4 weeks I have been experiencing pain in the tendon that runs at the side of the wrist and into the thumb when I twist my wrist (twisting the door knob to open a door), or when I stretch my thumb out. It also aches during the day and sometimes at night. Any ideas what this could be?

    • ANSWER:
      The wrist pain can be caused by tight muscles in your wrist, they just get over used and go into pain. Freeing up the muscles will get rid of those pains and here's how to free them up:
      Wrist:
      With hand resting in front of you with the palm up, bend your wrist as far as you can.. Then press into the area behind the wrist, where they take your pulse, and hold a good amount of pressure on it. After 30 seconds slowly open your wrist up as far as you can, release the pressure but hold your wrist open for another 30 seconds.
      For the plantar fasillitis your achilles tendon may have tightened up and that shortens up your calf muscle so it pulls on the end with the least amount of resistance, your heel, the knee doesn't give much. To get rid of that pain you have to free up your achilles tendon and here's how to do that:
      Achilles tendon:
      While sitting and your leg on your lap, take both thumbs and place them side by side at about ankle height on the tendon on the back of your leg and apply pressure hard and hold. After 30 seconds slowly raise your toes up as far as you can, release the pressure but hold your foot there for another 30 seconds For both- for best results relax your body first by taking a deep breath and exhaling then remain this relaxed.

  33. QUESTION:
    i've got a ganglian on my wrist?
    it's been there for years. sometimes its worse than others. when its big i find it embarrasin but i also find it uncomfortable when i flex my wrist. what exactly is a ganglian, will i always have it and is there any treatment for it that won't involve a needle

    • ANSWER:
      A Ganglion cyst is a tumor or swelling on top of a Joint or the covering of a tendon and it looks like a sac of liquid. Inside the cyst is a thick, clear, colorless, jellylike material and depending on the size, cysts can feel firm or spongy. One large cyst or many smaller ones can develop and multiple small cysts can give the appearance of more than one cyst. This type of cyst is not harmful. It accounts for about half of all soft tissue tumors of the hand. Ganglion cysts, also known as Bible cysts, are more common in women. Seventy percent of them occur in people between the ages of 20-40. They most commonly occur on the back of the hand, at the wrist joint but can also develop on the palm side of the wrist. Other sites, where they can develop are the base of the fingers on the palm (where they appear as small pea-sized bumps), the fingertip, just below the cuticle (where they are called mucous cysts), the outside of the knee and ankle, on top of the foot etc.

      Treatment:
      First, it is possible to leave it alone if it isn't causing any discomfort; ganglia are harmless. Once the diagnosis is made and mass isn't cancer or something else which requires immediate attention, you may wish to just watch and wait.

      If the ganglion is causing discomfort or mechanical problems, there are two main options for relief:

      Aspiration (removal of the cyst contents with a needle) and surgical removal of the cyst itself.

      Aspiration involves inserting a needle into the cyst and removing its contents after numbing the area with a local anesthetic. Because it is thought that inflammation contributes to the production and accumulation of the fluid in the cyst, an anti-inflammatory drug (steroid) is often then injected back into the cyst in an attempt to decrease the inflammation and prevent subsequent refilling of the cyst. Recent research found that using another substance (hyaluronidase, an enzyme used in the treatment of certain forms of arthritis to promote resolution of redundant tissue) along with the steroid after aspiration increased the cure rate from 57% (aspiration and steroid alone) to 89% with the combined substances.

      If the cyst is disfiguring, causes pain, mechanical problems, nerve complications (motor or sensory loss due to pressure by the ganglion on a nerve), or recurs after a previous aspiration, then surgical excision is warranted. This involves making an incision over the area of the cyst, identifying the entire cyst, and removing it along with a portion of the underlying tendon sheath or joint lining from which it originates. The hand is then splinted for 7 to 10 days. The procedure is usually fairly minor, but can be complicated depending on the location of the cyst and whether it impinges on any vital structures in the hand (nerves, tendons, blood vessels).

      It is important to discuss the different treatment options with your physician if you are diagnosed as having a ganglion cyst.

  34. QUESTION:
    Does it hurt to run with a bakers cyst?
    I am a 48 year old man who was very active in sports up till i turned 40. Recently my wife ,who is 36 years old,and i have taken up running as a sport. I started out running 2 miles at a time every other day for 2 weeks on a treadmill. Then i began running outside on the pavement 3 miles at a time every other day. We purchased running shoes from a running store so i know we have the proper foot wear on. Then i started feeling a fullness and stiffness behind my left knee. I have continued to run uninterrupted but now i'm wondering if i should have it looked at. I ice and elevate my leg after each run. It doesn't really hurt otherwise but i have two 5K's coming up next month and i don't want it to get to the point where i have to miss either of those races. Any comments would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      It doesn't necessarily cause pain. If you do experience signs and symptoms, you may notice:

      Swelling behind your knee, and sometimes in your leg
      Knee pain
      Stiffness
      Texture similar to a balloon filled with water

      Many times, no treatment is required and a Baker's cyst will disappear on its own.

      If the cyst is very large and causes a lot of pain, your doctor may use the following treatments:

      Physical therapy. Icing, a compression wrap and crutches may help reduce pain and swelling. Gentle range-of-motion and strengthening exercises for the muscles around your knee also may help to reduce your symptoms and preserve knee function.

      Fluid drainage. Your doctor may drain the fluid from the knee joint using a needle. This is called needle aspiration and is often performed under ultrasound guidance.

      Medication. Your doctor may inject a corticosteroid medication, such as cortisone, into your knee to reduce inflammation. This may relieve pain, but it doesn't always prevent recurrence of the cyst.

      Typically though, doctors treat the underlying cause rather than the Baker's cyst itself.

      If your doctor determines that a cartilage tear is causing the overproduction of synovial fluid, he or she may recommend surgery to remove or repair the torn cartilage.

      In some instances, particularly if you have osteoarthritis, the cyst may not go away even after your doctor treats the underlying cause. If the cyst doesn't get better, causes pain and interferes with your ability to bend your knee, or if in spite of aspirations fluid in the cyst recurs and hinders knee function, you may need to be evaluated for surgery to remove the cyst.

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/bakers-cyst/DS00448

  35. QUESTION:
    Pain right below and to the inside of my knee cap?
    I have very flat feet and have to wear orthodics when I run. My shoes are horrible, I'm talking you can see my feet through a number of holes in them (I'm getting new ones for christmas but that isn't relevant to the question).
    I started training for the Air Force about two weeks ago but for the past 5 days I've had this intense pain below and to the inside of my knee cap. Just flowing my fingers over it stimulates the nerves and if I walk on it it hurts pretty bad. All I was really doing was running on the treadmill for 25 minutes a day, but I usually didn't stretch first and found out I was using improper form.
    With my flat feet and bad shoes, is it possible I may have seriously done something to my knee or is it something that will go away from just staying off it for a week?

    • ANSWER:
      See your health care provider as soon as possible (orthopedic). There are two cartilage compartments in the knee--one inner and one outer. If the cartilage wears unevenly, the leg can bow in or bow out. If you were born with crooked legs, there can be strain that causes the cartilage to wear more rapidly. If you are overweight, you are far more likely to have knee problems.

      Feet that flatten and roll inwardly (pronate) excessively when walking or running
      Shoes with inadequate arch support
      Sudden turn that put great stress on the ligaments
      Running on hard surfaces or up hills

      Listen to the pain message and try not to do anything that aggravates the pain. If you have arthritis, make sure you are taking your medications as directed. Otherwise, acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen may be used to ease the pain.

      The knee and other joints will be examined and taken through their range of motion. An X-ray of the knee may be taken. Fluid may be drawn from the knee through a needle and tested if a Baker's cyst is suspected or for Other diagnostic reasons. This procedure is easy, not too uncomfortable, and quite safe.
      A number of operations are quite helpful for knee problems. Torn cartilage may be removed, or cartilage may be shaved through arthroscopic surgery. Increasingly, doctors are using the arthroscope to view the condition and often to help cure it. This is a minor procedure. I hope this helps you. And good luck and merry christmas.

  36. QUESTION:
    i have a swollen knee , help?
    i woke up this morning with a swollen kneww . i have a spongy swollen area the size of an idcard right on my kneecap. its not red or something , just swallen very bad . i hurt me to go to school and i cant really afford the time to go to a doctor today , as next week i have exams . is it something to worry about? i cant go up stirs and i have to walk step by step. i didnt hit it or something

    • ANSWER:
      if you didnt sustain any trauma it could be a cyst, the size and placement you have described are very common among cysts. the pain from a cyst usaully subsides after the first week.

      if what you are describing is related to trauma you need to see a doctor immediatly, that swolen area could reduce blood flow to the lower part of your leg and foot and possibly cause nerve damage. (worst case scenario). or it could just be a really nice bruise.

  37. QUESTION:
    Severe Ankle pain-- where is it coming from?
    Nothing I have searched on the internet so far has been conclusive to this problem. I have a bum ankle, as I call it usually; though I don't really know what's wrong with it. When I was 18, I had broken my right foot, but now I have ankle problems in my left ankle. There's been a lot of things I contribute to it, such as smoking, being overweight, walking on it all day, but I just don't understand it. After work it gets tot he point where it is so painful that I have a hard time walking, and lately it's branched to the morning and then I still have trouble walking. The thing I don't understand is that if I stay on it for long enough, it eventually stops hurting. So..

    TL;DR:

    Really bad ankle pain. Chronic. It doesn't go away. What can I do to make it lesser, or just go away? I don't have health insurance or a doctor to go see.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah, you're in a tough position without the ability to see a doctor for this. A doctor would not try to diagnose this without knowing more about your medical history, examining you in person (moving your ankle, knee, and hip joints in certain directions to see what caused pain or was hard to do), and seeing an x-ray of the ankle joint and possibly your lumbar spine. And after all that, the doc's best advice might be to lose weight, exercise more, and stop smoking, all of which might truly be what you needed to do to stop the ankle pain.

      There are other possibilities though which really can't be diagnosed over the web:

      At the time of your broken other foot, you may have changed up your gait, particularly if the fracture didn't heal 100% ideally. It just takes a very slight adjustment that you're not even aware of sometimes to cause this kind of pain, and a weight issue can make this worse.

      It's possible the left ankle itself is fine other than the pain and the real source of the ankle pain is in your lower back though that may not even be painful. In the area of the lower back where the nerves split away towards the legs, either one or more vertebrae or intervertebral disks can get out of position and press on nerves and cause referred pain. Referred pain is more common in other lower extremity areas such as hip or knee than ankle, but it's possible.

      You could have a bone cyst, tumor, osteoarthritis, a torn ligament, or some other issue in that ankle.

      I'm sorry. I'm not surprised your Internet research hasn't turned up something you can latch onto definitively. I think seeing a doctor for this may be the only way to move the ball forward though I absolutely understand what you're saying about not being able to afford that right now. Maybe the changes coming to health insurance in the next couple of years will open up a new possibility for you. I hope so.

      Can you take over-the-counter anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen or naproxen safely (never on an empty stomach), and do they help? Heating pads or ice?

      One other thing you can do for free is check YouTube and other websites for videos or diagrams on ankle exercise. Exercising the ankle may be able to build it up and reduce this kind of pain. Without a doctor or physical therapist to guide your exercise though, there is a potential to make the situation worse. Start slowly and build gradually and stop or change the exercise if it makes the pain dramatically worse--not aching from new activity, which is to be expected, but new pains that continue even when you rest it.

      Wishing you better luck and better health.

  38. QUESTION:
    having problems with my knee's?
    I am 24 year old female. I seem to be having problems with my knee's that i have had for about 6 months or so every time i bend them ie for bending down or something i then cant straighten them and they really hurt. I like curling up on the sofa and/or chair and i been sitting in the chair this morning curled up with me knee's bent ect if that makes sence but when i stood up i couldnt straighten them at all and could hardly walk. its starting to be a problem for me as i started a new job a few weeks ago which involves me bending down alot so doesnt help when i cant really walk afterwards. i also gets pains going all the way for my knee's down to me feet every time they are bent. what could it be and/or what can i do.

    i no some people look at previous questions i have asked but i am not pregnant myself i was asking the question for a mate of mine. thanx

    • ANSWER:
      There are different explanations for having a knee pain among them are arthritis, ligament injuries, cartilage injuries or meniscal tear, patellar tendonitis and baker's cyst. These orthopedic problems can arise at any age if not avoided earlier. Though it won't hurt if we will try to understand what these problems are and how these begin. Let us discuss the problems that brought us knee pain that troubles us more often.

      One of the most common causes of this illness is Arthritis. Condition like this happens when there is an inflammation of the joint. The availability of the knee pain treatment is everywhere. But choosing the proper medication should be approved by a doctor.

      Other cases rooted from ligament injuries which include anterior cruciate ligament injuries (ACL), posterior cruciate ligament injuries (PCL) and medical collateral ligament injuries (MCL). The injury may possibly require surgical treatment depending on the symptoms and the doctor's findings. This injury is suffered mostly by the athletes and it is always the root of discomfort
      there is a load of great info and help on this website if you have a look here http://tinyurl.com/3mj6py6

  39. QUESTION:
    Problems with my ear & knees?
    I'm a 16 year old guy about 6 feet tall, 185 lb. with a slight build. 1st thing is, there is a weird pea-sized ball in my left earlobe, when i squeeze it, it flattens, but then goes back to ball-shaped, and it hurts, but i'm going to the dermatologist soon. 2nd thing is, lately i've been noticing my knees in both legs hurting pretty bad when i stand up, sit down, hold them in one place for a period of time, and especially when i lift for football. It has hurt my squat tremendously, and on monday i couldn't lift because of the pain, my coach didn't believe me (I could tell) then at the end of practice had a whole big speech about cutting corners during lifting he said "you know who you are" and made me feel like crap, anybody that has any advice or a tip i thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      The ball in your ear could be a keloid if you have ever had the ear pierced. If not, it might be a cyst of some sort, maybe a sebaceous cyst. It is good that you are getting it checked.

      There are numerous problems that can cause knee pain. What it is depends on where the pain is, and other factors. Check here to see if you can identify the cause of your pain and what to do about it.

      http://www.medicinenet.com/knee_pain/article.htm
      http://orthopedics.about.com/od/hipknee/a/kneesymptoms.htm
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/osgood-schlatter-disease/DS00392
      http://rheumatology.hss.edu/conditions_osteonecrosis-of-the-knee-overview.asp
      http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/cybertherapist/knee_injuries.htm

  40. QUESTION:
    Numbness in left knee?
    About 24 hours ago a numbness and tingling in my left knee started. It seemed to happen after I lifted something that I didn't realize was heavy. Sometimes the tingling will go up my left and down to my foot but that lasts for a maybe a minute. Any ideas on what could be causing it I can't go to the doctors till monday and I don't want to go to the hospital unless it's really serious. But I can still walk and it doesn't hurt unless I walk up stairs.

    • ANSWER:
      well - You may have a pinched nerve - an ACL injury - a baker cyst that is pressing on a nerve or artery - Is there any discoloration in the knee or ler or feet - are your feet warm to touch - can you feel the pulses in your feet - go to mayclinic.com and click on symptoms checker - you can check out the symptoms of knee pain - then you can decide wether it is an emergency or not - its also helpful when you go and see the doctor or call them - he/she will be asking the same questions and you will be prepared

  41. QUESTION:
    What do I do if I have a Bone Cyst?
    I've been bounced between doctors (No insurence..) And through all this they have found it's possible i have a Bone Cyst in my leg. My right thigh, the lower bone near the knee. It causes me pain to walk, and it hurts even holding my leg still. Have to constant move it. The docs won't even see me again till monday, and I work on my feet constantly all day, bending ect. IS there anything I should do? If its like a bone spur, I dont want to hurt near by muscle or anything by working...any advice?
    To Chris R **

    ...Yeah, No I'm no surgeon, and Im not about to jab a knife inside my knee and remove it..but thanks...

    • ANSWER:
      Your bone cyst sounds like it could be a Baker's Cyst!
      The cyst shoudn't hurt anything as long as it isn't pressing or
      pulling on a muscle or bone! Of course you have no way of
      knowing this for sure...The doctors could have been alittle more informative and told you about standing all day and the
      consequences. But, they didn't and you have to make the best of it. Absolutely the longer they make you wait the more pain comes on, because of the pressure. So use your common sense and if you feel that you are harming other parts of the leg, why get off your feet so the swelling will go
      down. It is awful when a person has no insurance they treat you like a low class citizen. And, that is not FAIR!!!

  42. QUESTION:
    Can infection cause cancer?
    also, it's not red or swollen or anything so i guess it's not too infected.
    I had a pilidonial cyst on my tailbone. The cyst is gone but there is still a wound there about 2 years later and the doctor said there is still fluid in that area. Could this lead to cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      i wrote an article about bone cancer:
      Bone tumours

      What causes it
      Primary tumours,
      Secondary tumours,
      Symptoms,
      Treatments,
      Neoplastic,
      1.What they are,
      2.Types,
      3.Clonality.
      Osteosarcoma,
      1.Pathology,
      2.Causes,
      3.Symptoms,
      4.Diagnosis,
      5.Treatment,
      6.Prognosis.
      Chondrosarcoma:
      1.What is it?,
      2.Classification,
      3.Diagnosis,
      4.Causes,
      5.Treatment ,
      6.Prognosis.
      Ewing s sarcoma :
      1.Causes,
      2.Clinical findings,
      3.Imaging findings,
      4.Differential diagnosis,
      5.Epidemiology,
      6.Treatment,
      7.Prognosis.

      What causes it?
      A bone tumour refers to a neoplasic growth of tissue in the bone.
      Primary tumors:
      Primary bone tumors can be divided into benign tumours and cancers. Common benign bone tumors may be neoplastic, developmental, traumatic, infectious, or inflammatory in etiology. Examples of benign bone tumors include osteoma, osteochondroma, aneurysmal bone cyst, and fibrous dysplasia.
      Malignant - cancer primary bone tumors include osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Ewing's sarcoma, malignant fibrous histiocytoma, fibrosarcoma, and other sarcoma types. Multiple myeloma is a hematologic cancer which also frequently presents as one or more bone tumors. The tailbone is a common location for a teratoma, known as a sacrococcygeal teratoma, and related germ cell tumors.
      Secondary tumors:
      Secondary bone tumors include metastatic tumors which have spread from other organs, such as the breast, lung, and prostate. Metastatic tumors more frequently involve the axial skeleton than the appendicular skeleton. Tumors which originate in the soft tissues may also secondarily involve bones through direct invasion.
      Symptoms:
      The most common symptom of bone tumors is pain, but many patients will not experience any symptoms, except for a painless mass. Some bone tumors may weaken the structure of the bone, causing pathologic fractures.
      Treatment
      Treatment of bone tumors is highly dependent on the type of tumor.
      Chemotheraphy and radiotheraphy
      Chemotherapy and radiotherapy are effective in some tumors (such as Ewing's sarcoma) but less so in others (such as chondrosarcoma).[1]
      Medication
      One of the major concerns is bone density and bone loss. Non-hormonal bisphosphonates increase bone strength and are available as once-a-week prescription pills.
      Surgical treatment
      Treatment for some bone cancers may involve surgery, such as limb amputation, or limb-sparing surgery (often in combination with chemotherapy and radiation therapy). Limb sparing or limb salvage surgery, means the limb is spared from amputation. Instead of amputation the affected bone is removed and is done in two ways (a) bone graft, in which a bone from elsewhere from the body is taken or (b) artificial bone is put in. In upper leg surgeries, limb salvage prostheses are available.
      The other surgery is called van-ness rotation or rotationplasty which is a form of amputation, in which the patient's foot is turned upwards in a 180 degree turn and the upturned foot is used as a knee.
      Types of amputation:
      Leg
      Below knee
      Above knee
      Symes
      Hip disarticulation
      Hemipelvectomy or hindquarter, in which the whole leg is removed with one half of the pelvis
      Arm
      Below elbow
      Above elbow
      Shoulder disarticulation
      Forequarter (amputation of the whole arm, along with the shoulder blade and the clavicle)
      The most radical of amputations is hemicorporectomy (translumbar or waist amputation) which removes the legs, the pelvis, urinary system, excretory system and the genital area (penis/testes in males and vagina/vulva in females). This operation is done in two stages. First stage is doing the colostomy and the urinary conduit, the second stage is the amputation. This is a mutilating operation and is only done as a last resort (e.g. when even pelvic exenteration doesn't work or in cases of advanced pelvic/reproductive cancers)
      Amputation is not always needed. In some cases, the tumor can be removed without removing the limb.
      Neoplasma:
      What they are:
      Neoplasm is an abnormal mass of tissue as a result of neoplasia. Neoplasia (new growth in Greek) is the abnormal proliferation of cells. The growth of this clone of cells exceeds, and is uncoordinated with, that of the normal tissues around it. It usually causes a lump or tumor. Neoplasms may be benign, pre-malignant or malignant.
      In modern medicine, the term tumor is synonymous with a neoplasm that has formed a lump. In the past, the term tumor was used differently. Some neoplasms do not cause a lump.
      Types:
      A neoplasm can be benign, potentially malignant (pre-cancer), or malignant (cancer). [1]
      Benign neoplasms include uterine fibroids and melanocytic nevi (skin moles). They do not transform into cancer.
      Potentially malignant neoplasms include carcinoma in situ. They do not invade and destroy but, given enough time, will transform into a cancer.
      Malignant neoplasms are commonly called cancer. They invade and d

  43. QUESTION:
    what is wrong with my knee?
    Ever since about a year and a half ago i was doing power cleans/squats and running sprints and then stairs for football. I developed a pain in my knee. On my right knee on the right side of the bone area. When i squat down or bend it is slight uncomfortable/ little pain. When i stand on it for a long period of time or work out it swells up kinda big and i can barly bend it at all and i can also feel like something is pulling in the back of knee as well. if i dont do anything at all it still is uncofortable to bend or squat and when you press the right side it hurts almost as if it is a bruise and i know its there. I have been to the doctor several times. They only X rayed it and nothing showed up. Im not very flexable at all especially in my legs and hip area. PLZ can someone tell me what this is? could i have maybe torn something?
    Thx
    It also Pops alot too when i bend it or move. If it was cartilige how do you fix that and what has to happen?

    • ANSWER:
      Boy do I ever know your pain. I'm sure I'm a lot older than you, but I had the exact same symptoms as you. Did you see an orthopedic doctor? That's the type of MD you need to see. If an x-ray showed nothing and you're still having problems, ask him if he will order an MRI. This gives a view of the knee from all angles in 3-D. The swelling you're talking about sounds like what I had. In the back of the knee. It's called a popliteal cyst. It's only a fluid filled sac and is caused by a lot of exercise. I am a nurse and always on my feet running around. That's when I noticed this cyst. Mine got so big, it had to be removed. When I had the MRI it was discovered that I had a torn meniscus. that's a membrane,made up of cartilage, that lies between the knee cap and the joint. The doctor did surgery on that, The surgery is considered minor because even though you are put to sleep, he uses a scope and only makes a very tiny incision to repair it. I was able to walk on it that same day. Like I said, I know I'm much older than you. I had to have a total knee replacement at the age of 56. Get it taken care of now and don't wait. Just because I had the same symptoms as you. doesn't mean you have the same thing. You could have only bruised it. Still, see the right MD and ask about an MRI. there's nothing to that either, The procedure is the same as an x-ray only the machine is loud because of the use of magnets. You don't feel anything and you get to lie down and sleep if you can. Good luck, I hope you feel better soon. God bless.

  44. QUESTION:
    Pain in lower abdomen, possibly ovaries?
    I have been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome for 6 years and have had my fair share of horrible PMS periods. I am not due to start my period for another week or maybe even week and a half. I have been first experiencing pain in my lower back. I originally blamed this on the fact I have messed up feet/knees and walked in heels one day, then walked a long distance around the Superbowl Village the next day. Yesterday I went to a concert and was standing for a pretty long time, but the pain moved to the front over my ovaries sometime yesterday morning long before I went to the concert. As the day progressed, it got a little worse. I woke up this morning and it was much worse. I am now hardly able to stand up or walk. While driving earlier, I experienced what felt very similar to a bad menstrual cramp in both sides. The pain that is unlike menstrual cramps is kind of like muscle pain you get from doing an unfamiliar exercise, but a LOT worse. I am worried this could be something serious since I have PCOS and just want some insight before I call my Gyno for no reason. Thanks a bunch!

    • ANSWER:
      I have the same thing. Always getting cysts and I feel your pain. About a yr ago I thought it was my ovary (i only have one the other got taken out) that was causing so much pain until I started peeing blood. It was my kindneys. By the time I got to the doctor the pain had moved to my lower back and I could barely walk. I would advice you to go to the doctor even the emergency room. Pain like you are feeling is not normal and something very serious is going on.

  45. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know much about a Burst Baker's cyst?
    I have been having pains in my leg and doctor been keeping an eye on it. Last week I ran across the road and as I did it felt like something snapped or burst at the back of my leg. I could not put my foot to the ground it was so painful. I went to doctor and she thinks I might have had a Baker's cyst and when I ran it burst. I now have tablets to take and cannot go to work, in fact cannot do anything really. Does anyone know much about this and how long it takes until you can walk again? Thank you.
    Thank you Paula. The doctor did send me for an ultra scan on my leg before I had this problem. The scan was clear and no clots but then I ran and this happened. I have co-codamol to take and it is easing, just getting stiff now.

    • ANSWER:
      Oh gosh, what a nightmare. I have Baker's cysts and the physio said they do burst, but that's rare. Normally they only burst when they are large - so I don't understand why the doctor "thinks" you might have had one - these cysts are really obvious as they sit on the back of your knee joint.

      Haven't you had your knee scanned yet? It sounds like you need more investigation into the cause of the problem, rather than being sent home with painkillers.

      Good luck.

  46. QUESTION:
    When I bend down at my knees, I have a VERY hard time getting back up- no strength at all in legs.?
    also some pain and numbing in left leg when laying down.hard to walk after sitting down for a short amount of time

    • ANSWER:
      See your health care provider as soon as possible (orthopedic or neurologist). There are two cartilage compartments in the knee--one inner and one outer. If the cartilage wears unevenly, the leg can bow in or bow out. If you were born with crooked legs, there can be strain that causes the cartilage to wear more rapidly. If you are overweight, you are far more likely to have knee problems.
      The knee must be stable, and it must be able to extend fully so that the leg is straight. If it lacks full extension, the muscles have to support the body at all times, and strain is continuous. If the knee wobbles from side to side, there is too much stress on the side ligaments, and the condition may gradually worsen.
      The knee and other joints will be examined and taken through their range of motion. An X-ray of the knee may be taken. Fluid may be drawn from the knee through a needle and tested if a Baker's cyst is suspected or for other diagnostic reasons. This procedure is easy, not too uncomfortable, and quite safe.
      Listen to the pain message and try not to do anything that aggravates the pain. If you have arthritis, make sure you are taking your medication as directed. Otherwise, acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen may be used to ease the pain.
      Knee problems can develop from the feet, so proper shoes can help.
      Se your doctor if pain remains after six weeks. I hope this helps you. And good luck.

  47. QUESTION:
    Can my back pain be caused by not wearing shoes at work?
    I have been in a lot of pain for the past 4 1/2 days. My back hurts and my abs have been cramping a lot. I finally couldn't take it any more and went to Urgent Care last night -- where the doctor told me he thinks it's my gull bladder or a cyst on an ovary. He told me I should go and see another doctor -- which I made an appointment with tomorrow. He didn't really ask me many questions to really figure out what it was -- just tested my urine because I'd thought it may have been a kidney infection.

    So that leads to my question. I work at a kids' gym where I'm in my sock feet all day on a floor that is nothing more than carpet over cement. How damaging is this to my knees and back? And does anyone think that this could actually be the cause of my back pain -- and my stomach cramps are just a reaction to the pain?

    Could not wearing shoes have put my back outta whack and made it easier for me to injure? Can not wearing shoes lead to serious problems in the future?

    • ANSWER:
      Definately can have an effect on your back. Without shoes, there will be less shock absorbing happen when you walk. This in turn leads to higher impact on your feet, knees and lower back. This problem will be exaccerbated if you have low arches in your feet (flat feet).

      Hope you feel better soon!

  48. QUESTION:
    Can appendicitis cause back pain? AKA What is wrong with me?
    I've had the same sort of pain for about a week. It starts just to the right side of my right hip bone (in my lower abdomen) and radiates down my right leg into my knee and around my pelvic bone across my lower back. The pain is not constant (some days I have no pain at all) and is a bit like a cramping/stabbing hurt. It started out as a non-rhythmic throbbing, but as the week has gone by I'm now in some sort of pain when ever I'm on my feet. When sitting down the hip/abdominal pain goes away and I'm left with a dull lower back ache. I've also noticed that the pain always seems to flare up when ever I have to use the bathroom (bowel movement). I haven't had any trouble "going" but I do seem to be going more frequently. I have no nausea or fever, nor do I have a noticeably swollen abdomen. I've racked my brain and searched the internet for causes of these symptoms but I can't seem to diagnose them exactly.

    Kidney stones? Appendicitis? Ovarian cysts? Crohn's disease? Help!
    The pain is just on the left side of my right hip bone. (sorry for the typo)

    • ANSWER:
      Without a fever and acute pain in the abdomen (you say the pain is right side of right hip bone which isn't in your abdomen) it isn't likely appendicitis. Kidney stones will let you know they are there within 24hrs of first pain. They make you scream!!

      Most likely you are dealing with sciatic nerve damage, or lower back spasm/injury. This is treatable with anti-inflammatories, massage, and ultimately injections once the source of the nerve pain is known.

      My advice is to go seek a MD.

  49. QUESTION:
    knee is filled with fluid?
    Hi Guys, will be quite long one but here goes:

    Last year I began physio for my knees as they were painful after incresed excersice. I got told this was patella tracking (where my knee rub from misalignment. I then got told this was caused by my feet were rolling inwards so it was causing the misalignment of my knee.

    All was okayish apart from the odd knee pain after alot of excersice up until 4 months ago.

    I began a new job which required me to be on my feet for around 12 hours a day. During this time my left knee became very swollen and very painful.

    I had to quit my job as I couldnt walk and needed crutches for about 1 to 2 weeks. My knee had gotten these hard lumps at the back of my knee, which were thought to be bakers cysts.

    I went for an MRI and they ruled out a meniscus tear and are wanting to send me to a rhuematoid specialist to do tests. But I still have these lumps which stop me from straightening my leg properly and cause me to limp.

    At the moment it is very swollen and I find it hard to do much with it. I am very concerned as doctors aren't really telling me much and appointments are just so long away each time. It has been 4 months and my knee is still feeling painful with lots of fluid around the knee (also on the top)

    Does anybody have any ideas what it could possibly be? It feels like it will never get better. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like you have bursitis, or a partial rupture of the bursae in your knee. When a bursa ruptures it leaks synovial fluid, which may be what's causing your Baker's cysts. This injury usually is not very serious when treated properly, and is usually resolved by draining the fluid in the knee. This is a non-invasive procedure, and usually only takes several minutes employing only the use of the local anesthetics. The procedure will probably keep you off your feet for the rest of the day, but should result in significant improvement in pain and range of motion thereafter.

      It is also possible that you've torn a ligament or tendon in your knee, however from what you've said that seems very unlikely. The doctor probably checked that with the MRI, but that depends of course on how thorough your doctor is. It also doesn't seem to be likely with the symptoms you've indicated.

      In the meantime you should be icing your knee as often as possible, keeping it elevated and compressed, and performing range of motion exercises after showering and/or heating the knee. (As pain permits)

      Sorry I can't be of more help but I'm not a doctor, and I don't have your MRI's to look at, or your knee to examine.

      Best of luck on the road to recovery.

  50. QUESTION:
    what are the best shoes/sneakers for flat, wide, big feet?
    Every time I go to buy sneakers I feel that the salespeople don't know what they are talking about so I need your help.

    I have three painful conditions: a ganglion cyst on the top of my left foot sometimes, plantar fasciitis in both feet and neuropathy. I am finding it very hard to walk. Plus I have flat feet. I wear a pair of flat tennis shoes (low top pro keds) and believe it or not they are better than the tennis shoes with the arch (which cause me great pain). I have been to several podiatrists which were no help in providing me with decent orthotics. So I have pain sometimes which causes pain in other parts of my body (knees, ankles, hip joints). I need to find the right shoes for my feet. Does anyone know of a good shoe that could help?

    FYI: I wear a size 11 wide (female) and have flat feet.

    Thank you for your serious replies.

    • ANSWER:
      I wear a size 13EEEEE and my feet are also flat. The only shoe that I have found in a wide size that feels good are New Balance. Sorry that's the only information I can provide.


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