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    Every now and then, my left knee swells up a bit. There is no pain when it swells, but I can feel some pressure when I bend my knees (still no pain, however). It goes away within 1-2 days, and once took 3 days.

    I thought it was because of physical activity that might cause extra fluid to somehow build up there. But I can recall a few times where I did no physical activity all day (except walk around, but mostly sedentary) and still got swelling in my knee. I don't remember my right knee ever swelling, I believe it's always been the left one.

    And I've never had an injury on either of my knees. I've broken/sprained my left ankle, but never the knee. My mom has rheumatoid arthritis and has recently been diagnosed with gout (I mention it because it might be hereditary). I've read the symptoms on both these diseases, along with other possible causes for knee swelling (infection, physical injury, disease, etc) but they all describe symptoms of pain (and sometimes redness). I never feel pain, just minor swelling.

    I've researched online and came up with nothing. Any ideas?
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    I think they're called 'doctors'.
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    What kind of swelling? Is it edematous? (fluid filled) if so is it pitting? (does your finger leave an impression / indentation)

    Infammation can be caused by a myriad of different things. Have you ever had any knee problems? Ever had surgery? Any recent cuts or lacerations? Have you ever been tested for arthritis or labs tested for HLA markers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by V Profane View Post
    I think they're called 'doctors'.
    AND, I hear these... Doc' Tors sometimes gather on a mountain to take medical questions from the perplexed among us.

    Or so the rumor has been long told of such things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moggle View Post
    What kind of swelling? Is it edematous? (fluid filled) if so is it pitting? (does your finger leave an impression / indentation)

    Infammation can be caused by a myriad of different things. Have you ever had any knee problems? Ever had surgery? Any recent cuts or lacerations? Have you ever been tested for arthritis or labs tested for HLA markers?
    No finger impression (I know that's a diagnosis of something, can't remember what). Never had knee problems or surgery, or cuts or lacerations. Never been tested for arthritis (not that I remember, anyway).

    It happens every so often, every few weeks or every few months. I thought it could be related to physical activity. It was only swollen really bad once, but even then there was no pain unless I bent my knee too much (which is probably from pressure). It has happened to both knees, now that I remember, although it's more common on my left knee.

    Quote Originally Posted by V Profane View Post
    I think they're called 'doctors'.
    I think you also need something called "insurance" (which I haven't had until recently) or you'll go broke trying to pay the medical bills. I'd go to the doc if it were something serious, but most of the time I forget it even happens (it isn't anything major). The only reason why I mentioned anything on here is because I happen to be on INTPc and it's currently swollen.
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    I've had a shitload of knee problems, torn LCL, MCL, patellar tendon. But I also had pain too. Try some chondroiton/glocusamine and if you get anyresults.

    But yeah see a doctor; you're in the army or something right? They can do x-ray or mri to see if you have any torn cartilage.........or just drain your knee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by avolkiteshvara View Post
    I've had a shitload of knee problems, torn LCL, MCL, patellar tendon. But I also had pain too. Try some chondroiton/glocusamine and if you get anyresults.

    But yeah see a doctor; you're in the army or something right? They can do x-ray or mri to see if you have any torn cartilage.........or just drain your knee.
    Army National Guard, not active Army... BIG difference. I don't get free health care like the active duty guys do, unless I get deployed (which isn't on my to-do list, quite frankly).

    I'll probably see a doc, but they will most likely say it's nothing if it doesn't cause pain. Back to square one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CEOofRawness View Post
    I think you also need something called "insurance" (which I haven't had until recently) or you'll go broke trying to pay the medical bills. I'd go to the doc if it were something serious, but most of the time I forget it even happens (it isn't anything major). The only reason why I mentioned anything on here is because I happen to be on INTPc and it's currently swollen.
    I don't because I live in a country with socialised medicine. Have you considered a holiday?
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    Any swelling in your calf or the rest of your leg? How active of a life style do you lead? Any color changes and is it warm to the touch when it swells? What are you doing the day that it swells?

    Doctors arn't always the right way to go if you don't have insurance. You pay X amount of dollars for a simple problem like this and alot of the time they will tell you to elevate, take an OTC anti-inflammatory and put an icepack on it. I'm not saying your problem can't be more serious because it most certaintly can be. But Doctors take the path of least medication to start with. And if a doctor will order a X-ray / MRI on your knee is purely dependant on his assessment skills, which you don't always need a MD for. That is why health departments, health centers and even school nurses exist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moggle View Post
    Doctors arn't always the right way to go if you don't have insurance.
    He does have insurance. He just did not used to have insurance.

    Dude, you should probably go see a doctor. If you're newly insured, you will need to pick a primary healthcare provider (or whatever its called in your system) and set up a relationship with them anyway.

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