• tanu tanu
    August 05, 2010
    What causes knee pain at night?
    tanu tanu
    August 05, 2010

    Last night I woke up in the middle of the night with an excruciating pain in my knee....like after maybe being in one position for a couple of hours. I tried to move so the pain would go, but it hurt more on moving. This lasted about 2-3 minutes, then the pain subsided and I changed sides and slept. I am 27 years old. What could this be?

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  • Chuck August 05, 2010
    Chuck
    August 05, 2010

    Hi Tanu

    The episode you had is sometimes called a "theater sign", as in sitting in a theater with your knee in one position for an extended period of time. You probably had it in just the right position to pinch a cartilage or compress two  rough joint surfaces. You may have it occasionally but it's probably not something to be overly concerned about. Should it become more consistent, have swelling or heat you ought to get it checked out. You might try sleeping with a pillow between your knees when on your side or under your knees when lying on your back.

    Hope this helps and you never have it again.

    Chuck

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  • ronie August 05, 2010
    ronie
    August 05, 2010

    Hi Tanu,

     

    It is hard to say what caused the pain. Sounds like you were sleeping in a position to compress a nerve.  I say this because the pain did not last very long and subsided significantly in order for you to go back to sleep.  Did you have any other pain?  Was there any swelling involved?  Did you wake up in the morning with the pain?  If so, how long did it last?

     

    Is this the first time you have had this type of pain?  If not, keep a journal of the whos whats whens wheres and hows and bring it to the attention of your GP (General Physician or primary care physician) if you have one.  A doctor will want to know about everything including some of the questions I asked you. 

    If this was the first and last time this happened then I wouldn't think you have much to stress over.  Just stay aware of it and bring it to your doctors attention for evaluation should it continue. 

     

    Good luck,

    Ronie

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