January 20, 2013 10:24 PM Subscribe
What's going on with my knee? (YANMD)
posted by bardic to health & fitness (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a 38 year-old male. Recently, I've been having periods of a dull ache in my right knee. I know I need to see a doctor, but something seems strange to me. My office and classroom(s) are on the fourth and third floors of buildings with no elevator, so during the week I'm walking up about 15 to 20 flights of stairs a day. And this causes me no problems at all. What causes problems, sometimes to the point where I need to pause for 20 seconds before continuing, is when I go down the damn things. This seems counter-intuitive to me -- why no pain going up, but pain going down?
As another data point, I ride an exercise bike for 30-45 minutes four to five time a week. Not only do I not have any pain or discomfort, but if anything Mr. Knee stays pain-free when I'm not slacking off on my exercise routine.
tl;dr -- Knee hurts when I go down stairs, not when I go up them or actually ride a bicycle for 45 minutes. What gives?