Pain above the calf and behind the knee

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    Dec 28, 2007 4:12 PM GMT
    Has anyone ever had a cramp like pain behind the knee? I've really started getting into working out the last couple of months and everything was going well until a couple of days ago...I have been doing a lot of cardio for weight loss (3-4 times a week) and decided to go from 30 minutes to 45-50 minutes. I've been using the stairs (moving) and/or eliptical at the gym. Since I increase the time the other day I get these sharp annoying pains about ever 2 minutes right behind my knee. When it's not sharp it's not there. So based on that I'm assumming it's not just muscle pain, thinking maybe a nerve. Even happens during my sleep...yep, wakes me up. Any thoughts? Not stopping me from working out as it doesn't hurt to do exercise. In fact, yesterday I didn't even notice it while I was working out...but afterwards I did. Don't want to make it worse if that's a possibility but don't want to stop the workout either...I've come too far...down about 15 pounds.

    Any ideas would be appreciated.
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    Dec 29, 2007 4:43 AM GMT
    Best thing to do is obviously talk to a physician.

    I've had a knee problem for years (and I'm only 20-- thanks mostly to wresteling) and it depends on where the pain is and how it is hurting.

    -Is it behind the knee cap or is it actually in the soft spot behind your knee?

    -Also is the pain radiating or is it constant from one specific area?

    -Does it hurt before, during, or after exercise? Does it hurt more during a specific exercise or stretch?

    The answers to these questions are important in talking to a physician or physical therapist.

    If you've lost a significant amount of weight and have amped up on cardio exercise, then I'm assuming these are pains from being overworked/overused. Make sure you're getting decent rest and long enough recovery for muscles/nerves/etc.

    Goodluck and stay healthy.
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    Dec 29, 2007 5:12 AM GMT
    thanks zrs....feels sort of like shooting pain towards top of knee but on back side...about ever 3 or 4 minutes. then it's fine...did bother me working out today...probably take it easy over the weekend.
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    Dec 30, 2007 3:26 PM GMT
    talking to a doc is the only good answer you're going to get off here, but i did have a buddy i used to work out with who started getting what he described as "a spike being suddenly jammed through the back of my knee" type of pain. he had a previous screw up with that knee, and it resulted in something no working the way it was supposed to, but he got it taken care of and is a better runner than i am now. moral of the story is get it checked out because odds are better that it can be fixed, and no matter what if you don't get it checked out it will become something that can't be fixed.

    but, i'm no doc.