I've had minor-medium knee pain in my right knee for the last 5 weeks. I'm fairly certain it occurred because I ramped up my mileage too aggressively. I stopped running and cross trained a week after it happened. But every time I swam or biked, it would hurt and feel right afterwards. I haven't done any workouts or cross training or running for the past 4 weeks. I just want to run again at this point. My season is already ruined, I just want to get the mileage back up again.
The pain is very minimal now. When I wake up I feel nothing. As the day progresses I notice it starts aching when I must bend going up and down stairs. Also sitting in a desk then extending my leg will make me feel it. It really doesn't hurt much anymore which makes me think its somewhat healed. But it's still there and I'm angry because I know if I run again I will aggravate it.
When I am getting ready for bed I again feel virtually nothing. It's just from use during the day that I notice something is still wrong. Sometimes it feels right below the kneecap, sometimes right above. I've been doing straight leg raises and icing. Seems like it hasn't helped. I thought a month off would help it heal. Guess not which sucks...
It's not bad pain at all, just that I can't run and I can feel something wrong is ruining my quality of life. Do I go to my general doctor or should I go straight to a specialist? I don't want any bs, I just want to find the exact problem and the fix. It's hard to describe the problem currently so I'm worried ill need an MRI which is expensive. Idk how serious this is because it's lingered so long but it's never been severe pain, and it is not as bad as it was a few weeks ago.
Please help an injured runner. I just want to train again