Fluid in my knees

United States
March 6, 2007 10:47pm CST
I have had fluid in my knees as far as I can remember and I am only 24. They get all puffy when I stand up and when I stand for a long time they swell up. This has caused me to be very embarressed so I never wear skirts or shorts, even though I would love to. I'm not sure what I can do about it or if I should see some specialist. Any ideas would help. Thanks.
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@ilse72 (1453)
• United States
7 Mar 07
It is time to consult a doctor to find out why you have a problem. At 24, you are too young for this issue. Often, swelling in one particular area signifies an undiagnosed problem. Please see your doctor or an orthopedic doctor for an examination, diagnosis and treatment. (I'm an R.N.)
• United States
7 Mar 07
I guess that I have had the problem for so long that I never thought about going to the doctor for it. I dont have insurance so I am kind of scared of what the cost is going to be, but I know that I have to do something about it.
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• United States
7 Mar 07
I also have knee problems and they can be such a pain...I can't even wear high heeled shoes because they bother my knees. I'm also fairly young and have had fluid in my knees before. Mine was caused by a past knee injury that sometimes flairs up. There are ways to alleviate the fluid, depending on the cause. It could be swelling caused from a knee injury or problem, or maybe something else. I had to go for physical therapy for my knee, and I was also given some anti-inflammatory medicine to stop the swelling. There are also ways to get fluid drained. There is a condition called Bursitis (not sure if that's spelled correctly) which I think, in plain English, is fluid/swelling in the knee area. Have you talked to your primary doctor about it? Your doctor could probably give you a referral to a specialist if needed. I think certain over the counter medicines are also anti-inflammatory but I'm not sure exactly which ones are the best to use. I would talk to your doctor about it-it couldn't hurt and you might get some helpful suggestions. Good luck!
• United States
7 Mar 07
Thanks. I am definetly going to have to look up Bursititis, because I have never heard of it before. I havnt talk to a doctor about it before because i really dont have a doctor right now. I'm just not sure who I should see about it. You know, I was in a car accident when i was kinda young so I'm not sure if that has anything to do with it, but the swelling is in both knees. Thanks for your suggestion.
@toonatoons (3739)
• Philippines
7 Mar 07
i suggest that you have it evaluated by a professional. fluid in the knees could be due to a number of things. it could indicate heart or kidney failure, or it may be caused by varicose veins or fluid retention from too much intake of salts.
@erikssion (109)
• Philippines
7 Mar 07
I think something is wrong or at least fishy about your knees. Knees usually get like this from an injury. I'm not sure though. It might be better to have your knees checked out by a doctor.