I've heard of "Truckers Knee" but I have pain in just one of my quads - Is this normal in trucking?

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  1. BeHereNow97

    BeHereNow97 Medium Load Member

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    I've been driving 2.5 years now. Last year I started getting bad pain on my left quadricep, so right above my knee and on the top side of my leg. So I've had pain in that area for about a year straight now. I have no pain in either knee though.

    It's worse when I'm sitting down/sitting still and seems to get better when I walk around. It feels like that part of my body is always numb at best and "pins and needles" type feeling at worst, with sometimes random sharp pains that last just a few seconds at a time. Again it's only my left quadricep right above my knee, my right leg is completely fine.

    I went to CDL school in a manual for 2 months back in late 2018, then drove an automatic for a little over 2 years. I've only been in a manual with my new company for 1 month so while old trucks with bad clutches probably don't help, they obviously didn't cause the pain as the pain was there before hand.

    I've made it a point the past month to get out of the truck very slowly and take it easy on my legs getting in and out of the truck, hoping that helps.

    So I guess I'm asking, is pain on one of your quadriceps normal for truck drivers? I've heard of "Truckers Knee" but I've never heard anything about pain in just one of the quadriceps being normal amongst truckers?

    If any of you have this type of pain on your quads, how do you deal with it? Regular exercise/gym? Chiropractor?

    Taking 2 extra strength 500 MG (so 1000 MG when I take 2 of them) Tylenol helps to ease the pain but I know eventually I'll grow a tolerance to it and after a while it won't help so much. I'm just wondering if this is a normal thing truck drivers go through with pain in the quads (or just 1 quad like I have), or if maybe it's something unique to me in my life where I might've caused it.

    For example I've had a bad fall out of the truck at some point in the past 2 years (wasn't a serious injury, but I landed on the pavement from the top step pretty awkwardly and it hurt at the time), lifting weights with bad form maybe, improper seat positioning when I drive the truck, shoes without enough cushioning maybe, something related to my back muscles as those nerves might be connected to the quads? Is it arthritis, can younger people get arthritis?

    Any help or insight would be appreciated. I do intend to see a doctor about it but I wanted to know from fellow truckers if this is a normal thing truckers deal with (pain in the quads).

    I should also note: I'm relatively young, not overweight, no other major health concerns.
     
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  3. Frank Speak

    Frank Speak Road Train Member

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    I’ve never had any leg pains. I got a pinched nerve in my hip awhile back, however, that put me out of commission for about a month (literally couldn’t work). It took about 4 months to get back to about 90%. I’m at the 6 month point now and feel I’m about 95%.
     
  4. Chinatown

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    Do you have diabetes? If you don't know, then get checked.
     
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    BeHereNow97 Medium Load Member

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    Not that I know of, I never thought I was at high risk since I'm young and at a healthy weight, but I guess I should ask when I visit the doctor. How do they test for diabetes do they just do bloodwork or something?

    Does this sound like diabetes to you Chinatown? I only ask I wasn't expecting diabetes to be a cause of this but maybe it's something I should look into.
     
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    Yes, just blood work.
    Diabetic peripheral neuropathy
    Also known as: diabetic peripheral nerve pain
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  7. '88K100

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    Your pain is likely caused by lack of activity. If all you do drive your body will atrophy.
     
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    I thought I was perfectly healthy also. Then diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.
    Left leg was painful; hard to sleep, cramps, and doctor said the diabetes is causing it.
    I hope you don't have it, but better at least find out.
    I take 2000 mg of Metformin every day; 1000 mg pill in the morning and another at night.
     
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    "pins and needles" tingling. Yeah, had that also. Hopefully, your symptoms are something other than diabetes.
     
  10. truckdriver31

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    hate to tell you. but you will get beat to hell driving a truck.
     
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    Quadriceps tendinitis pain and other symptoms
    Quadriceps tendinitis causes pain in the front of your knee, just above the kneecap. Usually, the pain is dull and gradually increases over time.
    The pain may get worse after sitting down for too long or jumping, squatting, and running.
    In some people, the pain might go away during activity and return when movement stops.
    Other symptoms include:

    stiffness, especially in the morning
    • tenderness
    • weakness
    • Quadriceps tendinitis causes
    • The most common cause of quadriceps tendinitis is overuse. This occurs when the tendon repeatedly moves in a specific way, which leads to small tears.
    • Normally, your body tries to fix these tears. But if you continue repeating the same movement, more tears will develop.
    • Repeated actions can also cause quadriceps tendinitis, like:
      • sports
      • trauma, like jumping on a hard surface
      • sudden increase in physical activity
      • poor posture
      • poor walking habits
     
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