Morning all -
I've joined to ask for a bit of advice if I may. I started cycling again aftre a couple of decades about thre months ago. I wanted to loose some weight and get my blood pressure down - it worked.
I cycle some or all of the route to and from work three to four times a week - about thirty minutes in the morning and about an hour fifteen in the evening - on roads which are pretty much flat (the odd hill).
I noticed after about a month or so that I was getting slight tenderness on the outside of my knees - from just above the knee to just below the knee on the lateral side of the kneecap/edge of the leg. This was only noticeable after about an hour or so cycling - soI didn't get it in the morning and it only stated when I was close to home in the evening. It was fairly insignificant and, after I'd showered in the evening, it went away. No symptoms the following morning and it didn't interfere with my cycling the next day.
Now..... On Boxing Day I went out to get some air and I took a route with a big hill at the beginning and a duration, in all, of about two hours - just foolishness on my part I guess. The pain was noticeable after about an hour or so and was pretty brutal by the time I got home. It didn't go away after the shower and, although walking on the flat wasn't too bad, going up and down stairs and bending my knees was very difficult and extremely sore. It lasted all evening and I had to take ibuprofen before I could get to sleep. On the following day the pain was still noticeable but it went away by the end of the day and didn't return until yesterday.
Yesterday I started my cycling back to work routine - the pain came on after about twenty minutes in the morning - although it stopped when I got to work and got off the bike. It did it again on the way home to the extent that I got off the bike after about thirty fairly gentle minutes and caught the Tube home (I live in London UK and use a Brompton folder - so public transport is open to me - which explains the shorter commute in the morning).
The pain pretty much went away after my shower in the evening and, this morning, it's only there as a sort of 'gentle echo' as I go up and down stairs.
Now, I could stop cycling - but I'd rather not. Does anyone have any ideas - what is this?, will it go away with time?, would support bandages help?, do I need to visit a physio?, should I just take more painkillers (joke)?
Any advice welcomed before I take my life in my hands and visit my doctor.