Hi, my name is Amanda..
I am a 24 year old female, and I have had knee pain over the years. I'd assume from being active, playing sports when I was
younger, and for a little over a year now I've started running. Originally I started as increased cardio to lose weight that
I had put on, but after my weight loss, I have just kept it up when I can so I can stay fit and it's really become something
that I enjoy. Most always my left knee, here and there-- dull, sometimes a little swelling. Though nothing really major that
would stop me from doing daily activities or stop me in the middle of a run. Just an ice pack afterwards and a couple Aleve
and I would be pretty much good to go. About three days ago however, just doing a little cleaning up around the house, I
happened to bend down all the way to pick something up from the floor and I experienced a severe pain shoot into my knee.
Severe enough to startle me, make me whince and let out a little cry almost. I stood up slowly, sat back on the couch and
rubbed it, tried to extend/straighten it and got the same exact sharp pain. It seems like it's most painful right below my
knee cap, feels almost if it goes through front to back. I can walk, I just have to watch how I do. Going up or down the
steps is hurting it now too, I suppose from the bending/straightening. Even today, marking the third day, I am writing to you
from my bed.. As I am almost afraid to stand up because the pain woke me anytime I moved last night while sleeping. I
apologize for this question/letter running on, I'm just not sure if this is something that will subside like pain any other
time or if I should be worried and visit a doctor. Thank you for your time and if you have an answer for me. Have a good day.