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Donna wrote at 2010-01-10 00:29:03
HI there! I have the same issue!!! The pain is just under my left knee and is slightly swollen. I haven't had an injury but it's been painful for 1 month now. It's alittle less than it was a month ago but last night i had a bad night and had to take 2 advils. I try so hard not to take anything. It just baffles me becuase I've never had aches before and this came out of nowhere and hasn't gone away. The doctor did an x-ray and didn't find anything. It comes on about an hour after I fall asleep. Just below the knee in the inner part.  

Gloria wrote at 2010-03-22 11:18:53
Donna describes my knee condition perfectly. I too feel like crying with the pain and lack of sleep. I have had an Xray which showed nothing. I have had physio which did not help. I am desperate for relief. I have been referred to a rheumatologist, who found nothing. The only way I can get relief is to walk around at night!! Has anyone found a cure for this condition?

sleepless wrote at 2010-07-13 07:20:11
My knees hurt so badly at night that I often have to lift them. I've seen orthopedists, internists, pain managements doctors to no avail.  I'm so tired and hate to go to bed to go through this.  I've been put on all kinds of meds, had an MRI, cat scan, and x-rays.  If there is anyone who knows of some odd condition I would like to know.  No pain medications begin to help.

Hurt knee wrote at 2010-10-03 11:11:54
Add me to the list.  That is a perfect description of what I have been experiencing for the past 3 weeks.  Like the others, if I get up and walk around the pain goes away.  I do not feel anything similar during the day.....only when sleeping.  Doesn't anybody have an answer?

MeToo wrote at 2010-12-22 10:56:05
Add me to the list as well. I have been experiencing intense surging pain in, around and under my right knee for three nights and I can't sleep. The day is generally fine - within 15-45 minutes of going to bed it starts. Advil does not help - the only thing that relieves it is getting up and walking around.

David Pain wrote at 2011-02-18 20:09:01
It is such a pitty that there are no posts from people who have found a remedy for this.  I am in such pain, and I have been getting by on 2-4 hours of sleep for weeks now.  If I sit, stand, walk there is slight or no pain at all.  Not more than ten minutes after lying down I'm getting terrible shooting pains that started in the right knee, radiating to the right hip.  Then, just night before last it started hurting in my left knee as well, just as pronounced as the right though it has not involved the left hip yet.  I am 34 years old, I have a reasonably active job, though I do not exercise outside of work other than the exercise of living life.  I have what I would have to think is a balanced diet.  I drink approx a gallon of water a day.  Even at a young age, I would experience short lived deep roving pains from time to time but this is certain pain and its there whenever I lie down without exception.  The pains wake me from sleep atleast once an hour.  Can anyone suggest anything?

Michael wrote at 2011-03-30 04:44:19
Go ahead and add me too. I am a 48-year-old male and the description fits my problem eactly. My nighttime knee pain began about six months ago; it never hurts during the day, only after I have gone to sleep, and it wakes me up at least twice each evening.  I have had serious back trouble, but I know the feeling of sciatica, and this is definitely NOT sciatica. The doctor has not helped any, and drugs have no effect.

NoSleep wrote at 2011-04-12 17:58:39
I thought I was the only one who had this problem, my knee hurts when I lay down or when i'm sitting & get up suddenly , so I sleep in a chair all night. Someone can you help, I tryed all kinds of medications and nothing works.

PHamp36 wrote at 2011-04-19 00:03:26
About six weeks ago I started waking up with an excrutiating pain on the inside of my right knee - where the medial collateral tendon is.  I have a very high pain tolerance but this is brutal!  It usually wakes me up about 3 hours after I've fallen asleep and nothing but getting up and walking around will stop the pain.  I finally went to see an orthopedic surgeon, they did an MRI and she said it looks like I have fluid under the bursa which is diagnosed as Bursitis.  I'm a 48 year old woman who typically runs about 2 miles 3-4 days a week and it doesn't hurt when I run - just when I'm sleeping!  The doctor ordered me to stop running and I'm going to start physical therapy and then she wants to give me an injection in two weeks.  I'm willing to try anything at this point!!

Kg wrote at 2012-05-22 15:00:39
I see the last post was a year ago and wonder how everyone is doing as I have the exact same concern for a couple of months. At the very least it's nice to see I'm not alone. But ideas on relief would be fantastic  

Shannon wrote at 2012-10-12 05:24:46
I am also having this problem. I have had the knee pain on and off for over a year now but the pain has increased in the last couple weeks. Going to bed is the worst time of the day for me. I get excruciating pain around my knee area and find it very difficult to get comfortable enough to sleep. If I sit up in bed the pain decreases but I cannot sleep that way. I am also a side sleeper and wondered if it may have something to do with that. Maybe a pinched nerve or something? I went to the Chiropractor in hopes that it would relieve my pain but it didn't help. If anyone has found out what this is called or what might help it, I would greatly appreciate your input.  

Sleeplessbam wrote at 2012-10-15 07:53:08
I have had this same problem in my knees as long as i can remember I'm only 23 now but can't remember a time when I went to bed and not an hour later I would awaken with severe pain in one or both of my knees it has gotten to a point now that if I get up and walk I have instant relief but almost as soon as I lay back down it's back so now most nightsi spend sitting till I get so tired I finally can fall asleep which limits me to 1-2 hours of sleep a day I have looked every where for anything about this condition and found nothing so if anyone has an idea please let me know

john a bullock wrote at 2012-10-26 03:42:56
Add me to that list, I am a 34 year old man with a major knee problem here's the history, at 16 tibia fracture, between 17 to 19 car accident torn meniscus and ACL reconstruction. Was given a donor graft or a cadaver ACL, developed an infection after 3 washout surgeries later went under again to remove a screw that was causing the infection. 6 surgeries to remedy issue last surgery was 10 years ago, fast forward to 2011, re-injured same knee a work related accident, torn medial and lateral meniscus, torn ACL graft, hospitalized 22 days for infection in bones of right leg on antibiotics threw I.V. From 10,2,2011 to 12,10,11/ had surgery in 3/2012 to repair whatever damage they could. 4 days ago from today the knee started severe pain at bedtime no longer sleeping at night, category 4 arthritis in all chambers of knee 100% knee replacement candidate but to young for procedure also labeled 75% disabled by workers comp drs. Need some suggestions about this issue.  Thank you

whtevr3 wrote at 2012-11-08 16:48:48
THIS is exactly as I have been experiencing...waking  each night about 3 - 4 AM with terrible pain just below on inside of  right knee. On a scale of 10, it has been a 9 in regard to pain.  I have had an Xray - it shows 'no problem.I have started taking ibuprofen three times a day and icing it some of the time.  I have not been able to exercise at all. I   am very unhappy with the situation

Sumit wrote at 2012-11-23 12:59:18
if u cant cure it,better prevent it.the best way to lighten this kind of pain is not an ovenight task.The remedy lies in a gradual process-walk or jog every morning for at least 20 will give u a the benefit in the long run.and avoid too much inactivity.And the best remedy is to do" stretching-ur-legs"and "butterfly" exercise daily.

Silverbullet wrote at 2012-12-04 03:51:06
I believe everyone posting here has made it clear they have no known injury. As far as advice about seeing a doc, almost everyone has already done that! No diagnostic equipment can find anything wrong.

As I suffer this same condition, we all need some serious advice and not just fluff.

ale wrote at 2012-12-06 22:50:21
Yes I'm only 21 years old and have Had really bad knee pain in my left knee for about six months it is also the worse at night can't sleep at all about 2 months ago it was so bad I didn't sleep for 2 days I would have to go sit in my truck to be able to even get 30 min of sleep. I went to the dr got a x ray didn't show anything and still going to my dr to see what else we can do he diagnosed me with arthritis of the left knee on top of what is wrong with my knee. Ibuprofen or anything like that doesn't even touch the pain nor does anti inflammatory. So please let me no of anyone finds out anything ...

cheese wrote at 2012-12-10 13:32:44
My knee also has the same pain, at night it feels like a slit knee cap. I am going to a doctor again today and am hoping he can do cortizone or something. I get tired and crabby from lack of sleep. I am suprized there has not been a suggestion or remedy on this forum yet.  

ron wrote at 2012-12-17 07:37:36
Heh I have a similar problem.  If I lie on my back my knee hurts like heck when I get up. Sometimes it hurts after I've been sitting.  But then!  If I lie on my side it goes away virtually instantly.  I'm thinking that I have something floating in the joint, but the discussion about fluid in the bursa sounds interesting too.

buffalogal wrote at 2012-12-27 04:44:05
I have been having the night time pain also.  It immediately lessons substantially if I put my legs down from bed and walk.  Because of one of the above posts I checked out knee bursitis, especially pes anserine bursitis.  A lot of sights say that the pain is especially bad at night. Their is treatment for it.  Think I will use ice or ice and heat, pamper the knee during the day even though it rarely hurts then, and sleep with a pillow between my legs.  It is good to hear that cortisone could be an option as that cleared up my shoulder tendonitis in no time.  Also seems to be a connection between obesity, and especially diabetes, with a certain type of knee bursitis.  Think I will cut down on sugar and carbs in general and see what happens on that front.

Sleepsuit wrote at 2012-12-27 08:49:42
I had a bursectomy on my right knee last year and have no pain now. But my left knee has now got painful and wakes me up at night. Just started the referral process but hoping to get an op for the left one too. Right one only showed up on CT scan so push for that. In and out of hospital on same day with 2 week recovery. Good luck everyone.

lackofsleep wrote at 2013-01-04 22:51:38
Sleepsuit - you didn't say if you were having the same symptoms.  I have this problem too and it is horrible.  I had a meniscus tear in June and had arthroscopic surgery to shave it down.  Since then, I've had swelling, fluid drained and still limp around a bit.  But at night, the pain is excruciating!  Can't get comfortable and only get about 2 hours sleep a night.  Going to the ortho on Monday and was so hoping I might find some answers on this site to bring to him as possibilities.  He said I didn't have much arthritis.  I'm a 54 yr old woman, and yes, overweight.  I'd like to exercise, but it gives me too much pain in my knee.  Vicious cycle...

bdsp wrote at 2013-01-23 02:29:58
My dad has had this for ten years now.  He has been to every type of doctor known to man as well as tried every drug.  Nothing has helped and he is only sleeping about 20 minutes at a time before he has to get up and walk around the house.  He does more walking at night than sleeping.  Can anyone help at all?  He has given up on doctors because they either lose interest or simply don't have any answers.  He is getting old before his time, he is 76, but it started when he was in his 60s.  Any help would be appreciated.

Alex Johnson - Injury Guy wrote at 2013-01-30 06:46:13
RICE. RICE. RICE.  If it cannot be diagnosed by a doctor chances are there is nothing truly wrong besides a muscle inflammation or a nervous breakdown around your knee. Sometimes it could also be in your head, you may think that is impossible... however it can be completely true. Many doctors look over inflammation and tell you they can't find anything because its not severe and all you really need is sleep. The one way I can say to help relieve pain over a week + period is through the term RICE.

Rice stands for this

R for Rest and Relaxation, it is a key part in the process of your healing, if you do not rest or relax your injured part enough, you could prevent your body from naturally solving the injury by healing it or reducing the inflammation. So remember, Rest!

I for Ice. Whenever you notice inflammation in a key area, instead of going to a doctor right away, try icing it. If you apply Ice directly you could damage your skin to make sure you have it wrapped up in a towel or two, paper if need be. Indirect works best.

C for compress. Whenever you can while icing or relaxing, rub on the wound a bit. Massage it in a sense, apply pressure around the injury that makes it feel better! This not only will, of course, make you feel better... it also can help heal the injury a little bit more if you gently massage it!

E is for Elevate. Many injuries or inflammations that occur in the human body are extremely up'd in pain due to the rush of blood to the said body part that is injured. A great way to stop a lot of the pain is to elevate the knee any way possible,  I recommend throwing a pillow or two under your knee and just sitting back on the couch. If you have your knee elevated the blood will slowly circulate through your leg, but not as fast as standing would.

In all, when you apply the entire method of RICE every hour or so, but at least once a day! you can expect some results for a improved pain relief or probably a fixed knee in general. This method is not 100% Guaranteed because you could actually have something that is actually unable to be diagnosed at this time. But don't knock off RICE until you give it a shot, the only way RICE could possibly hurt is if you abused the steps in any way.  

terry wrote at 2013-01-30 23:37:02
Add me to your list, I have not had any sleep anymore my head is killing my eyes are burning I am so tired. I even took sleeping pills and can not sleep the pain is so horrible. I get in and out of bed. it is my inner left knee but also goes down my leg as well. Also in the day time if I sit down and when I get up the pain is so bad I can't stand it. I am going for an xray tomorrow and seeing a nurse partitioner they could not get me in to an ortho right away. Nothing works. How come no one is finding a cure for this?

Karen wrote at 2013-02-08 01:54:25
My dog knocked my knee a couple of times and since a few nights I have been crying the pain is so intense. It feels like nails are being driven up and into my bones. I have a narcotic that helps me feel drowsy and I take it with gravol or else I will vomit. In the day, the pain is less severe and I manage it with nsaid and topical PENNSAID. I also find I have more pain if I lie on my side (and that's how I've slept all my life). I hope this condition doesn't persist. I do find too that applying pressure to the knee with my hand helps to relieve the pain. It's really hard dealing with this kind of pain.  

Cheesepiece wrote at 2013-02-11 23:34:57
Have same problem a sharp burning pain below the knee cap when lying on my front , read on some forum it's to do with our back can quit believe that had more problems with my back than my knees , had sciatica once at 19 and it was agony but all the pain was in my leg felt like my hamstring was ripping everytime I tried to get out a chair , I think it's something to do with the spine  

Karen wrote at 2013-02-13 12:45:03
I, too, have terrible knee and leg pain, but I have had both knees replaced!.  One knee is 1 1/2 years old and the other knee is 3 years old and at night the pain is excruciating.  I haven't been able to sleep in bed for years because I need to elevate them.  Then I rub Mineral Ice on them.  Sometimes a heating pad helps but usually the only thing that helps is the Oxycodone that I take for the terrible, terrible pain.  The Orthopedic M.D. that replaced my knees doesn't have any answers, has taken x-rays several times, and claims that it is tendinitis.  If I exercise or go for a walk then they hurt more during the day. I go to water exercise class, and as long as I'm in the water it feels great!!  When I've been out for about an hour, they just throb!  It's getting so they hurt all the time, but mostly it's at night. I hate Oxycodone all the time, but right now, that's all that helps.  The pain is just unbearable.  

willow wrote at 2013-02-27 19:40:34
Hi all

I had the same thing and luckily knows the cause, during sleep ur knee relaxes for some its good for others its but (like us). What happens ur disc seems to move out of its pot during your sleep ur body moves un aware and pinch your disc causing the pain. That's why with some the walking works - the disc get placed back to its normal posistion. That's why no scans, xrays will show the error.

Ask your docter for inflamation medication with muscle relax pills. Also try adding heat instead of cold. Heat relaxes mucles where ice cause muscles to pull together.

Hope this helps ;-)

mangel wrote at 2013-03-10 07:32:59
as far as I am concerned this is not a disc problem. i was just starting a walk with my dog about 2 months ago and there was a little patch of ice in driveway I couldn't see and I fell very hard onto my left side hitting the side of my knee hard. It was very painful and a bit swollen and I layed down, elevated my leg, iced it at first and took 2 ibprophen. It continued to hurt for a couple of weeks and then gradually the pain went away. But after that it started to just wake me at night as described by all others here and if I get up and stand and walk a little the pain goes away. Let me just say it Isn't in my head, it's around the knee and I believe it is a tendon problem that seems to get very irritated and causes enough pain to awaken me when kept in one position. I do massage the area and that helps after a while. But the pain is very intense! It's why I just looked it up and saw these post from so many others. I am thin, and in good physical shape, active and healthy, at 60 years although I feel (otherwise) half my age. I would like this to stop waking me at night! I was hoping it was something that would heal and then this pain that happens when sleeping would cease. Two months post fall it continues.  

night knee pain wrote at 2013-04-04 07:56:15
I also have similar symptoms and I can't sleep more than 30 minutes at a time. Getting up relieves the symptoms.  I thought I had patello-femoral syndrome with knee pain during the day with going up/down stairs and squatting but the night pain is really the worst because of the lack of sleep.  I don't see much about night pain with patello-femoral syndrome.

grouchynonna wrote at 2013-06-12 03:42:58
I am like the others when up i have very little pain in my left knee. my right has bad arthritis my hips as well. sometimes when i get up and move quickly even to the restroom and back i have a pain that starts right below my neck on my back. i can actually feel it move up my neck into my head until it gets to the top, i have to clench my teeth until it passes. Then about three weeks ago the knee pain and no sleep started. i am up and down all night. I am 54 with arthritis and diabetes, overweight and under active because i can't stand long with my lower back eaten up with arthritis.  I have been everywhere, i take Aleve without it i can't stand the arthritis. please find solution. RICE  helps some thank you  

Imyoungtho wrote at 2013-08-03 04:45:57
Im only 11 but my knee is killing me! This is the fist time it has happened but its been going on for hours!! Im about to go to sleep but i cant. Help?

Chantavia wrote at 2014-01-17 04:24:43
Hi Sorry Your Having These Pains I Know They Suck, I Here Recently Started Having Knee Pains **Left Knee** When I Lay Down Well I Can Suggest Proping Up Your Knee Because "What happens ur disc seems to move out of its pot during your sleep ur body moves un aware and pinch your disc causing the pain. That's why with some the walking works - the disc get placed back to its normal position." Willow Is Right & Proping The Center Of The Back Of Your Knee Up Helps I Know From Experience. Hope This Helps.  

Cheryl wrote at 2014-06-05 18:24:25
Torn medial cartilage can cause this pain as well. And you may not have had an ah-ha moment when it happened. I had this last year. It hadbeen there for a while but got worse to the point I could not sleep. I could go all day with no pain but at night it was horrible.

J944 wrote at 2014-07-19 11:31:44
Imyoungtho: if you have a lump under your knee as well you could well have Osgood Schlatter's Syndrome. 11 is a typical age for that and it mimics these symptoms.

I am another with the same thing. Excruciating pain, especially at night and getting by on only a few hours sleep. Had it a few months ago, then it went away (from memory I had a muscle relaxant to sleep and found the next day it felt like the issue had "reset").

The medial knee joint on both knees is sensitive to touch induced pain during the day, but the pain at night feels like pain under the kneecap and a bit lower - almost a tendinitis pain coupled with a lactic acid burn. NSAIDs not doing anything for it.

Seems to have been a rapid onset, no obvious reason for it, if anything it has come on not long after I had to give sport training a rest due to a chest infection, so I have had less reason I would have thought for it to be inflamed. Seems to be worse though when I sit or lie down after doing a lot of walking or activity.

I'm seeing a doc on Monday who is usually very thorough, see if I can report back anything.  

moody wrote at 2014-08-01 17:56:45
Fine during the day other than a little stiffness but at night when sleeping or trying to sleep after the pain has woken me,  the left knee has severe pain.  If I sir up or walk around its fine but within a few minutes of lying down again the pain friends.  Lack of sleep is a big problem.  I have had back problems but am generally fit and play table tennis fine during the day every day for exercise.  

I think this is a problem with the nerves from the lower back. Doctors are useless since it doesn't fit into their preconceived notions of the problems of arthritis rheumatism etc. I'm 43. Fit and healthy.  Never overweight.  Was an athlete. Thai massage is probably the only thing that gives a little relief for a few days but there are very few trained Thai massage practitioner's unless on holiday somewhere.  

Help needed.

Robin wrote at 2014-10-30 02:43:01
I have the same problem knee hurts worse when laying down I have tried Ice packs and heat with no help. I have been to two doctors one my family doctor and the other a specialist and was told by both that if I loose weight my problem will go with the weight. If that was the case why don't both knees hurt its easy to blame the weight than find and fix the problem. I am up for any suggestions. I am so tired I fall asleep sitting up cause my knee does not hurt as bad. Tried every pain cream that is on the market including wraps and they give me about 5 minutes of relief. Xrays were done and show nothing

Deanna lee wrote at 2014-11-14 06:17:32
When I lay down at night my knees hurt so bad. The pain is in my knee caps on the top of my legs and goes down into my shines and into my thighs. My dad used to tell me they were growing pains, but I've hit my limit on growing! I get restless arms at night and have to take a shower to get rid of it but the pain in my knee is very different! I've tryed stretching rubbing my legs and nothing helps! Hope you all find some relief  

Robin wrote at 2014-11-19 02:03:41
I am in the same boat as you all I could be fine no pain and within 3 minutes after I lay down it begins. Got the xrays done and was told nothing wrong to loose weight. Hello I have two knees and only the right one hurts. I have tried heat and that makes it worse ice helps for a couple minutes I have also tried I don't know how many different pain pills and nothing works. I have been brought to tears and many sleepless night. There is the one area that is so tender it hurts to touch it Its kinda like a soft lump.  

This worked for me wrote at 2014-11-26 15:33:58
I have knee pain in my right knee only at night. This has helped me, wanted to share.

1. Take a knee sleeve and get it damp.

2. Put it in the freezer in-till frozen.

3. Right before you go to bed put the frozen knee sleeve on, and cover with another dry knee sleeve. then PJ's on top.

This stopped most of the pain for me, and I was able to sleep the whole night!!

Ann Bezzina wrote at 2015-01-17 05:22:24
I have floating patella and osteoarthritis in both knees. I has been almost 2 years now that I have pain in both knees shortly after I get to bed. I have to tape my knees so that the patella stays in place..Now a days I find that even the tape gives me pain if I tape them like the physiotherapist shown me. Recently I went to a podiatrist and he said that my hips right down to my feet is out of aliment. My doctor has been trying fo over a year to get the hospital to see me but I am still waiting.  I also have injuries to my ankles as I got vertigo and fallen twice. I also have back injuries from car accident when I was young.

I do not sleep or more then 2 hours at night and finding it frastrating. I am tired everyday. Pain tablets do not help. Can any professional specialist offer advice please? I am so tired and desperate.  I am 58 years old and cannot pick up my grand children. Thank you

Kate wrote at 2015-06-21 00:35:49
Hi All. I have severe knee pain both sides at night. Even my dreams are terrorised by the pain where I'm limping and crying in pain. Wouldn't mind if it was a one off but it's EVERY night. The pain eases if I get up and walk around. No probs during day, only at night after falling asleep.

Tomorrow I'm going to buy knee supports to see if that helps, this has been going on for months, it's miserable.

Sorry to hear you guys are suffering too, you're not on your own.

Dr. Alwyn Wong wrote at 2015-06-30 12:33:33
Pain medication is the most common method of treating knee pain. If you are already on pain medication and find it ineffective, consider switching to a type with a slow-release or “12 hour” dose. This should ensure the medicine’s continued effectiveness during the nighttime hours. However, it’s not advisable to stop or switch medication without consulting your doctor.

Some patients with osteoarthritis reported their pain was eased by sleeping with a pillow pressed between their legs. However, those who frequently shift in their sleep are less likely to receive benefit from this method.

Carol wrote at 2015-09-20 16:19:25
I too have really bad knees the pain was so bad last night even after taking extra pain killers and voltarol . I nearly called out of hours . But know they wouldn't be to pleased with me . The pain was the worse ever I'm waiting on ct scan but really feel some thing  needs to be done sooner . I'm hoping I can get some sleep tonight .  If anyone does find a cure please let me know as I have enough with all my other pains with out this one on top  

Khristine wrote at 2015-12-22 11:02:49
I am a 43 yr old female. I too am having the same pain. It started about 2 mnths ago for me. I have not injured my knee. So I am at a loss on why I am in so much pain. My pain is getting so bad now even walking is not helping. I woke up 1 night screaming in pain. I scared the living day lights out of my boyfriend. My Dr doesn't even knw what the prblm is. I've had all the tests done & everything has come back fine.

However I do have back issues. But my issues do not effect the pain in my right knee. I had disc fusion on L5-S1 done in 2013. I still have 2 more slipped discs C3-4 & C5-6 that also need to be fused. But I refuse. It will reduce the mobility in my neck almost 70%. I'll live with that pain.

I have also had surgery for an aneurysm back in 2013 also. It was on the left side of my brain which effects mobility. But my neurologist sd that would not be effecting my knee.

So until a solution is found, I put on my knee brace, take my pain meds for my back, muscle relaxers, & anti-inflammatorys every night be 4 bed & hope something will help 2 dull the pain. It's 4:58 am as I stand her in my kitchen, my pain level is at a 4.

Please, please, please if someone has found a solution to this pain please post it.

Denise wrote at 2015-12-22 14:46:21
Hi all!  Same issue as listed above.  I had my ACL replaced on my left knee in my 20's and now I'm 46 years old.  I'm active and not overweight.  The pain started in this knee about 2 months ago - it's my left knee on the inside but at times the pain radiates to my knee cap.  It is fine all day and fine when I go to bed.  After 2-3 hours, I wake with severe pain in my knee that is only alleviated once I get up and walk around.  I tried Aleve, Voltaren extra strength etc, Tylenol PM and nothing has helped.  Last night when I woke up, I taped an ice pack around my knee and it worked.  I slept the rest of the night and woke up feeling moderately refreshed.  I thought I would share.  I have an appointment to see my doctor but I don't expect that he will be much help to be honest.  The ice really helped.  I'm not sure if it's because my knee was immobilized or if it was the ice or a combination but it really helped! Even as a short term solution for someone to get a good night sleep.  Good luck.

Dave wrote at 2016-01-27 14:15:48
Me to! Went about two month with very little sleep. When I got up and walk around all pain gone. Finally started using ice. Make sure before u ice ur knee u have ur teeth brushed ur phone on charge and all night time chores done. U want to go to bed as soon as u take ice off ur knee. Doesn't work all night long but will let u get to sleep and get a couple hours before it wakes u up. I done this every night for two month and it finally is gone. Don't no if ice cured me but it sur helped me get some much needed sleep. Be e sure not to ice over 20 minutes u could risk frost bite. I put my ice in plastick bag and that next to my knee. No towel between. This really freeze the knee and u want fell anything for awhile.  Good luck!!

Adri wrote at 2016-02-18 04:41:42
I have the same problem but lately I have try a heating pad and does alleviate the pain before I go to bed.  

Joey Marie wrote at 2016-05-21 20:21:48
Same knee problem as everyone here. I have found an answer for our lack of sleep, it totally works for me. Ice your knee for 1/2 hour, apply Aspercream with 4% lidocaine (available at Walmart) rub it in very well. It takes about half an hour to penitrate down deep, take 3 Ibuprofen  and go to sleep. I now get 8 hours without waking up. My knee does hurt like a mother when I wake up in the morning BUT I get my solid 8 hours in. Just don't forget to wash your hands after applying the Aspercream or u might rub ur eyes at night like I did....omg don't let it happen to you :)

Josiah125 wrote at 2016-06-22 15:06:54
We have no history of knee problems in our family. But I have the same problem. My loving Wife throws her legs over mine at night. She is hyper extending the ligaments. Also the mattress has defirmed into a slight banana shape exasperating the problem. If I now place a pillow under my knee so it is bent it gives some improvement. I believe  that prolong periods of knee hyper extension stretch the ligaments allowing the knee to misalign while sleeping.I feel that once they are stretched it takes forever to regain there original resistance. Those little round foam logs work best. I am trying to make a slip on pad with foam behind my knee so it does not move when I lay on my side. But for me that worn out banana shaped mattress is the culprit. As if I sleep outside on a good mattress over a period of time the pain reduces. I feel many have pain in one knee alone as I do because the mattress is much weaker in support on the edge. If you sleep on the left side it's your left knee on the right side it's your right knee. It only needs a slight depression in your mattress and you to have tight tendons for this effect to take place. Could be wrong but knees are not meant to be bent backwards.

T wrote at 2016-11-01 15:43:28
I don't know if this is the same thing you all are experiencing, but I always say, "My knee fell asleep," whenever someone asks what's wrong. That's the only way I can really describe it; except that instead of a tingling feeling that is kind of cool, it is extremely painful and kind of scary. I notice that it happens a lot at night and keeps me up, but it also happens if I am laying on the couch with my knees bent up. Sometimes it happens for no apparent reason at all, though. The only thing that I find that helps is to massage it rapidly, though I am not sure if that is what is helping or if it just makes me feel better to be trying to help it while time passes. I try to stay hydrated and try not to stay still for too long.  


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