Ok, I read through some of the knee threads in the archive, and I just don’t have time right now to sort through it all. So if that offends you, feel free to skip this post :).
Here’s the time line of events.
March 16 - Have squat workout, no problems.
March 23 - Scheduled squat workout has to be canceled because the gym is closed. Knees still feel fine.
March 27th or 28th - some knee discomfort in left knee, on the lower right side. Nothing major. I can’t recall twisting or doing anything else to cause an injury.
March 30 - Scheduled squat workout. I decide to warm up, try some light weights, and see if the movement causes any pain. It doesn’t, so I go lighter than I would’ve otherwise and do my workout.
March 31-April 5 - still slight knee pain, but nothing worse than it was a week ago.
April 6 - I decide to go ahead with my squat workout again. By that night, my knee hurts much worse, despite the absence of pain during the workout itself.
April 7 - my knee hurts badly when I wake up. I decide my squat workout was a poor idea. I have to do some work, so I’m on my legs (though keeping weight off of my left knee) all day. By noon I don’t feel any pain in it at all.
April 8 - sitting down most of the day, knee pain is worse.
Today - still slight pain, but mostly gone. My knee sometimes “clicks” when I walk.
I’m going to skip my squat workout tomorrow, and do other exercises given the result of the last workout. But the injury just seems weird. I’m not sure how long I should stay off of it, or what might have even caused it. If anyone is an expert on this and can give some advice, I’d greatly appreciate it. I realize it is silly to seek medical advice over the internet, but I’m just trying to get a feel for how serious this might be and how I should proceed.