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HI wwwgirl...I'm Jenny and I've had 8 surgeries on my left knee...and 6 on the right. What you are describing is very common...it's called "gelling phenomenon". It happens when the joint is at rest and then you start to move it again. Usually there is fluid in the joint and it seeks out all the nooks and crannies to go thanks to gravity and then you go to move it again and the fluid doesn't want to move. So it takes a few minutes to get it all redistributed again.

You know you have arthritis and that alone can be enough to make this happen but you may also have a problem inside. They can develop over time and you don't even know it.

I agree with VeryDisciplined about seeing your primary to get started and get some x-rays and possibly an MRI. Next step is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in knees(or knees and hips).

There are so many things that can be done now to fix a bad knee that no one should be walking around in pain anymore. Just remember one thing.....you only have 2 knees and that's all you're going to get so do what they tell you to with regard to physical therapy. Too many people don't and then the muscles get weak and they are back in pain. I do the same exercises today I started at 17 when I had my first knee surgery. I shouldn't be walking at all with the injuries I had but I am and it's thanks to the exercise.

Good luck............Jenny
[QUOTE=jennybyc;4253674]HI wwwgirl...I'm Jenny and I've had 8 surgeries on my left knee...and 6 on the right. What you are describing is very common...it's called "gelling phenomenon". It happens when the joint is at rest and then you start to move it again. Usually there is fluid in the joint and it seeks out all the nooks and crannies to go thanks to gravity and then you go to move it again and the fluid doesn't want to move. So it takes a few minutes to get it all redistributed again.

You know you have arthritis and that alone can be enough to make this happen but you may also have a problem inside. They can develop over time and you don't even know it.

I agree with VeryDisciplined about seeing your primary to get started and get some x-rays and possibly an MRI. Next step is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in knees(or knees and hips).

There are so many things that can be done now to fix a bad knee that no one should be walking around in pain anymore. Just remember one thing.....you only have 2 knees and that's all you're going to get so do what they tell you to with regard to physical therapy. Too many people don't and then the muscles get weak and they are back in pain. I do the same exercises today I started at 17 when I had my first knee surgery. I shouldn't be walking at all with the injuries I had but I am and it's thanks to the exercise.

Good luck............Jenny[/QUOTE]

Hmmm ok. Thanks for the information Jenny. Anyway, do you think that this kind of problem would require surgery to fix? I ask because I generally have moderate to severe knee pain throughout my entire day, every day. It's not so bad that I can't walk though (with the exception of the left knee getting stiff as I described in the OP). In fact, it appears to be worse when I am sitting at my computer desk. I frequently have to adjust my leg position in order to temporarily alleviate the pain.





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