Swelling with no other symptoms - how worried should I be?
July 9, 2014 11:01 PM Subscribe
My knee is swollen on the top of the knee cap. It's been this way for about a week. I feel no pain, no warmness, no limit to my range of motion, and I don't remember getting hurt. When I press around and feel my knee, again there is no pain, and I also don't feel any bumps or any real structural differences compared to my other knee. There is definitely some thickening (fluid or whatever causes swelling) at the top of the knee cap, about 2.5 inches in diameter, but that's like the only symptom.
posted by AppleTurnover to Health & Fitness (7 answers total)
I went to a doctor and she said maybe I just hurt myself and didn't remember and it should stop swelling in another week. But that seems weird to me. It just doesn't make any sense. She said if it doesn't get better in a week or two, I should get an x-ray. It's hard to have this swelling in my knee but have no idea what it is. I know I will worry about it. How worried should I be? I know it's mentally unhealthy, but I think "swelling without any pain" and I freak out about cancer.
Also, I'm ashamed to admit I do not exercise, so it's not physical exertion, and I am overweight. I would like to start working out (again) and I am wondering if now this means I need to wait for my knee to be resolved before I can start. I'm female, early 30s.
(I had a problem in this same leg with my calf I asked about
a while ago, which was just calf pain, but it seems unlikely to be related. And it hasn't really happened in several months.)