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Daughter has pain in right knee

Hi, my 15 year old daughter has a pain in her right knee. She has had this for 2 years. The pain normally comes and goes and only appears after certain physical activity. Her knee is very much swollen. The pain is at the top of the knee and on the inside of it. When ever she bends down it often clicks. Lately the pain hasn’t gone away and has come with just waking around the house, for simply lying in bed. She would normally wear a knee peace and take paracetamol for a couple of days which helps. Unfortunately this method hasn’t helped. We would be grateful if anyone could give us advice or let us know what they think this could be. Unfortunately GP’s haven’t been the best of help.

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Hi I am sorry that your daughter has been in so much pain for so long. I do have to say that we are not doctors here, I job wanted to put that out there. I also want to say I would be looking for another doctor. Obviously there is something wrong with your daughters knee especially where it is clicking. But I am sure there will be others here that can give you more help.

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Thank you! Yeah I thought that lol. I was just looking for some advice. Our local doctor is getting a bit old now so I think he isn’t bothering as much which is quite useless. She has an appointment tomorrow so fingers crossed there will be some action.

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I have to let you know it was 14 years ago when I went to see my doctor I was having all the classic pain for MS and my doctor said to me don’t jump to conclusionsw like I really wanted MS well after an MRI and other test I had a diagnoses I had MS I changed my doctor right after that. I am letting you know this because when you think you should be changing doctors it is probably is time to change them.

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Thank you for the advice! In our town we only have the one doctor however I am prepared to take my daughter elsewhere for a better doctor.

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Do you know of any sport doctors??

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I know of a physiotherapist?

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You need a referral to an orthopedic surgeon. Don't leave the GP's office without that referral.

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Okay thank you! I will get that today

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Thanks I for got about that.

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I had the same thing so did my youngest Son,Drs said growing pains but in truth it was the gristle underneath the Pataela had not developed enough,DRsaid exercise but consultant said that was the worse thing to do! I had a couple of injections over three months and it never troubled me again! My Son had the same treatment and his got better as well although he does get niggles with them now and again. I have a degenerative skeletal disease now but that was nothing to do with the knee problems!

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Well our GP actually said that it was just growing pains in my daughters knee that’s why we thought there was no need for further action but I’m taking her to the GP today and I will definitely mention everyone’s advice. Thank you

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Ask GP for referral to Orthopedic Surgeon. Definitely need 2nd opinion. Need x-rays, Scan or MRI

to see what is going on with your knee . Don’t give up til you get some answers 😘

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Definitely! Thank you for your reply. 💕

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as Redhots7 has just said the knee needs to be checked with an x-ray or scan. I well remember being a teenager and pains in the legs were put down to growing pains by an older doctor, time for further investigations at the hospital. Hope your doctor will oblige.

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Well a few people in our community have reported him as he hasn’t been helpful with many of us. So hopefully we will get a new doctor. I’m going to mention all these replies as my daughter is missing out on the activities she loves. Thanks for your reply.

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Hi,

It could be

arthritis, with the swelling and also pain, even at a young age.. Yes you need to see another Dr, for there opinion, and to put your minds at rest. Good luck. Xx

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really arthritis at 15 years old? Wow. I will also mention this to the Dr. Thank you for your reply 💕

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My 14 year old daughter had similar symptoms which also came with severe bruising my doctor was useless she was in so much pain I took here to the children's hospital she was diagnosed within hours which was crps and she doing great with physio and pain management I hope your daughter gets the help she needs x

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Oh I hope your daughter is on route to recovery! My daughters knee hasn’t got any bruising on it but I’ll keep an eye out for that just incase. Thanks for your reply! 💕

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I started with knee problems at 14 and was told it was growing pain which at the time I obviously didn’t believe in but when I was nursing when I was 18 I worked on a children’s ward and we did have children on there with growing pains even my youngest son was admitted and put on traction for a week with growing pains. Unfortunately whilst nursing my knee pain got worse from the standing atound and I was diagnosed the chondromalacae patellar whic means inflammation behind my knee. I have had quite a few arthroscopy operations where they just clear out any debris from behind the knee. I also have hyperextended knees meaning when I stand with my legs straight they go back too far physio tried taping my knee and different things but it has never worked. I have two dons who also have knee problems but keep getting fobbed off time after time. The noise of the bones rubbing they don’t seem to worry about as will say most people get that it’s called crepitus but I would certainly go back to your go and ask for a second opinion and have blood tests and X-rays at least and possibly an MRI at least then you will know that nothing sinister is going on another thing to try is anti inflammatories such as ibuprofen or Ibuleve cream which is anti inflammatory which may help or not. Another thing worth a go is Epsom salts in a bath as that may help ease the pain as it contains magnesium. The blood tests should rule out any arthritis which children can get also a wheat bag may ease the pain a little I find when my pain is through the roof and I can’t do anything I try that. If she takes ibuprofen it must always be taken with food never on an empty stomach you can take paracetamol with it if it helps. But definitely go back to your GP and say you aren’t happy and want another opinion especially if there is no improvement.. the knee is supposed to be controlled by three muscles on the top of the leg if you get your daughter to move her knee there should be one either side and one in the middle tracking it if one has become week the kneecap will possibly go to one side so means it’s not tracking properly this can also cause the problem I said earlier a good exercise to strengthen the muscles is to do straight leg lifts tightening the muscles and trying to get all three working another one is to sit on the side of the bed or a chair with leg hanging bent and straightening it from that. These are just some of the things I have had since I was 14 I have just turned 56 and still have knee problems but hopefully you can get some answers earlier gentle exercise such as swimming as well may help if not just gentle movement in the water as it is taking all the weight and pressure ofcthe knee. I hope you get things sorted as I really know what it feels like with knee pain.

Take care

Jackie

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Thank you so much! Hope you and your kids are okay! My daughter does a lot of swimming anyway as she represents her school in swimming comps etc. We have an appointment with GP in an hour so I will bring up all the advice I have had on here. Again thank you so much

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You need an MRI scan. This is to check every thing is ok. MRI scans show tissue arrangements while x-rays cannot. I have been subjected to my knee pain was a psychological problem. An MRI scan showed that I had a torn ligament.

Knee pain can be caused by faulty muscular usage. You move and put pressure on the wrong parts of the knee. A person in the medical profession is not trained to deal with this issue.

See an Alexander Teacher. They will help your daughter become aware of what she does that causes the pain and give her solutions to help prevent the issue. A sports therapist would also be useful to see.

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Hi thank you! I went to the doctor with her and he said that he is referring her to the hospital for a MRI scan. I will keep this post up to date. Thanks to everyone for their help.

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Hi. I am sorry to hear that your daughter is experiencing knee pain. This symptom may be attributed to different underlying conditions , which is why GP's may struggle in terms of advice and referral. Wearing a support, taking oral medication and seeking pain relief through manipulation, may help in the short term but do not assess the cause. Given that certain physical activity is noted prior to the onset of pain, the way your daughter is walking and or running could be a sign of a biomechanical problem. An initial assessment by a specialist in this field is not expensive and may well be the answer to your daughters problem. Sending your daughter to an orthopaedic surgeon for example, suggests that surgery is the only option.

My advice would be for your daughter to be assessed by a a specialist podiatrist who has extensive experience of lower limb and sports related injuries in children and adults. Please highlight and click the following link for further information:

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Alternatively, simply type "Mr Neale Browne BUPA health care" in your google search engine.

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Thank you for the reply. My daughter is getting an MRI scan but if no luck I will take her to a specialist.

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My 14yr old daughter has been suffering the same thing since she was first walking

She has been to the hospital, unable to walk, numerous times. She has had physio, seen a specialist for arthritis and so on...growing pains! That's the conclusion! Nightmare

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Sorry to hear this! Hope she’s okay and not in too much pain!

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Hi this is ssdw1958 I was wondering how your daughter is doing after her doctors appointment? I hope you found out the information you were looking for.

Sandra

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Hi Sandra, she got On alright thank you for asking! She has to get an MRI to see if any ligaments are pulled. And then they will take it from there. Will post updates after scan 💕

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Hi good to hear things are moving. I’ll be waiting to hear how everything goes.

Sandra

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My pain started in my left knee. It was not swollen. I went to many orthopedic since I played sports. They keep it safe and offer PT, meds. After many docs I found ag good one that is hard to find. MRI and x Ray showed my knee was fine, it was coming from my spine, who knew? 15years later primary multiple sclerosis. Some say that it's better not knowing then. It does start on one side and continued slowly to my foot. So I am not sure but once is enough to hear your knee is fine. Check spine and good luck.

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Forgot to update this post.. my daughter had an MRI scan and it showed a torn ligament.. thank you all so much for the support and advice 💜

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