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hello have you seen any doctor for this?
no - its been happening for about two weeks
any injury? any regular sports or gym activity?
no - i'm quite active (running, cycling) but no injury
ok.. in that case this can be an overuse injury
regular sports and exercise like running can cause injury to the knee structures
of special concern here would be menisceal injury - injury to the meniscus
this can cause the symptoms you are having
you need to see a doctor for this now to prevent the injury from increasing
investigations like MRI may be needed
usually though such initial injuries are minor and recovery is good with conservative measures
i would recommend you stop joggin/running for now till you see your doctor
it doesn't feel like an over use injury - the best way to describe where the pain is, if you place your left hand on your left knee, your thumb falls naturally to the right of the knee cap and rests on the top/side of the knee bones. Its painful there...
What I don't get is why it only hurts once or twice a week - and is very painful for a few mins.. If it was overuse wouldn't it hurt all the time?
no, overuse does not mean that it will hurt all the time
such spasmodic pains may also be due to muscle injury
so it may be a tendon injury also - this can cause pain which lasts for a few minutes at a time
and also local tenderness
this also is a form of overuse injury - in the intitial stages pain is not constant and may be spasmodic pain only at times
best to see a doctor and have it examined
ask about meniscus injuries and about muscle tendon injuries
the area that you describe is that of the quadriceps muscle, and this could be the injury for you
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