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And we're off

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

No real improvement on my knee. Still pretty limited in what I can do. I've done the recumbent bike a couple of times successfully and I've been walking. Tried the seated cardio workout this morning. I was hoping to get back to Group Power this week or next, but I'm still getting some pretty serious twinging. Don't think I'm quite ready for that.
Slow and steady wins the race. Right?

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AJB121299 7/24/2012 7:16AM

    good luck

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The diagnosis

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Six months ago I wasn't a runner. The thought of me ever being a runner was ludicrous. As my previous posts have indicated, I've never been good at running. I wasn't even planning on becoming a runner. I was using C25K as interval training. And then something happened. Something finally clicked. I enjoyed running. I could run for longer and longer periods of time. I was increasing speed and distance. I could do it. I was thrilled. I was looking forward to training for and running my first 5K. And then there pain. And it was over.
After an exam and another look at my x-ray and my MRI, the specialist gave me a more in depth diagnosis than the previous orthopedist. He determined that the "injury" was in fact something that I was most likely born with. He thinks that the cartilage did not fully fuse to the bone like it was supposed to do during development. (On a side note, my knee cap is in two pieces because it didn't fuse either.) According to him, running is the absolute worse activity that I can do, besides jumping rope. It's not something that will ever "heal." It's something that I can manage over time. It's chronic, but it will never go away.
We're starting now with Glucosamine. If I see improvement after 8 weeks, I'll continue until it doesn't work any more. If it doesn't then they'll do another series of injections that will build lubrication in the knee. He gave me clearance to do what I feel like doing as long as it doesn't cause me pain. He also encouraged me to do Group Power (when my knee stops hurting.)
So, that's that. I wasn't a runner. Then I was. Now I'm not.
I think I may try biking. Or swimming. I've never been a biker. Or a swimmer. But, then again. I was never a runner either.

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DRAGONCHILDE 6/28/2012 10:37PM

    You were too a runner. Runners run.. you ran. Therefore? You were a runner.

I'm sorry to hear about your diagnosis. That's SO frustrating. Biking is a good option; it's what I used to do when I was a teenager. I LOVE biking. You can go so fast... the only reason I'm not biking right now is I need to take my bike to the shop for some repairs. :)

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

So, I tried the KRANKcycle at the gym a couple of times. Tshe first time I didn't go super hard, but I went for about 20 minutes. At the end, the little calculator told me I burned 91 calories. Didn't feel worth it. Seriously. I could burn more calories walking. I spoke with someone at the gym who uses it and decided to switch things up and add some resistance and speed. I also wore my HRM to get a "more" accurate account of what was going on. I decided to use the C25K app to add some intervals. I kept it at about 70-80 RPMs for the "walk" portion and 90-100 RPMs for the "run" portion. It was about 25 minutes. I broke a sweat. My heart rate average 123 with peaks around 153. In the end, I burned a whopping 118 calories. Woo.
The other thing was that in order to get going, I kept catching myself rotating the knee. Not much, but my feet were planted and my hips were turning. I'm pretty achy today. You are supposed to be able to do the machine sitting down, but the ones at the gym don't have the seats attached. Wondering if using the stability ball is allowed or would help.
I'll check into that at some point.
For now, I'm taking it easy today. First appointment with the Sports medicine doc today. We'll see how that goes. I'm still using the stairs at home more than I should. And I'm annoyed that I have to use the elevator at work and the gym. Still, I'm better off than some people.


Update on my knee

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I had an MRI last week and my evaluation today.
The good news is that there is no fragmentation. Meaning that there aren't any actual chips in the bone. The bad news is that there is no fragmentation. Meaning that there isn't a clear course of treatment. I have a lesion on my lateral femoral condyle. There were also a lot of other big medical words which basically mean that I had an injury to the bone that has been there for a while and was agitated when I was working out. My doc is leaning towards a "wait and see" approach. The other option is surgery in which they drill holes into the lesion and let it bleed and repair itself. My doc also recommended a second opinion from a sports medicine doctor in Madison. My concern is that I will "lose" any progress that I have made this year with my strength training and my running. He reminded me that I need to look farther into the future by about 20 years. Pushing it now may mess it up in the future. Much as I hate to admit it, he's right.
So, for now, I'm limited in what I can do. I can't do anything that will put stress on it while it's bent. Due to the position of the lesion, I can't do the recumbent bike. I'm also supposed to avoid stairs and steep hills. This should make life interesting given that my house and workplace are on a hill with steps to get in. I can take the barrier free entrance into work, but policy says that if I want to use the lot to the barrier free entrance, I have to be in a handicapped spot. So, I'm getting a little hangy tag. I'm hoping to not have to use it. There aren't many disabled spaces and there are many people worse off than me that need it.


And... We're done

Friday, June 08, 2012

I had been having issues with the running. Suddenly, I couldn't do it. Like my last post, I thought it was because I had been stuck in my head. Then I decided to actually take a look at the data that was being collected from my app and realized that the reason that I was having issues was because I was running faster. Too fast for where I was. I decided to go back a few weeks and work on increasing my speed. That was going pretty well.
Then on May 26, I was going up a flight of stairs to the Group Power room and had a sharp pain run through and wrap around my knee. I shook it off, lowered my weights for my leg exercises and went on. I modified my squats and lunges and after Group Power I went to urgent care after the pain hit me again. They did an x-ray told me I had torn a ligament, told me to take ibuprofen, ice it and rest and resume exercising as long as it didn't hurt. Then a few days later, I had a message asking me to call urgent care back. I didn't think much of it and called back a few days after that. When I reached the receptionist, she put me on hold so she could find a nurse because she wasn't "authorized" to discuss the results. A few minutes later, she came back on and told me that they would have to call me back when there was provider available to "explain it to me." I immediately went into dread and paranoia stage. And rightfully so. A while later, the provider called me back with a diagnosis of osteochondritis dessicans. Basically, my cartilage and bone had broken of the ball of my femur. Hooray.
I made the appointment with an orthopedic surgeon and had that today. Long story short, my chances of running a 5K this year are 0%. As a matter of fact, I'm not allowed to run at all. For how long, I don't know. I have an MRI next week and a follow up appointment the week after that. When he was doing the evaluation I yelped in pain in a place that shouldn't have hurt given my injury. He thinks I might also have a torn meniscus. Needless to say, I'm heartbroken. I've come so far. Unintentionally at first, but I did it. And now I can't. And it sucks. And I can't do Group Power either.
I've been given permission at this point to swim and do a recumbent bike. I can also do weight training as long as I don't do lower body work. Hooray for small favors.
Right now I'm bitter. And Angry.
At this point I don't know if I'll need surgery. I don't know how long I'll be out of commission. I don't know much about anything. I just know I can't run. And I know it pisses me off.


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