Friday, February 14, 2014
Good news from the orthopedic surgeon. He thinks that I can go about another ten years before I'll need a knee replacement. He gave me a cortisone shot today and anti-inflamatories and said that I should see some difference very soon though it may take a week or two to get the full effect. Once we get the inflammation down, back to walking. Those of you who know me know how badly I want... NEED to get back to walking. He says to come back if in 2 weeks I haven't gotten major relief and that if the cortisone works he'll do the shots every few months if I need them.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
I saw the doctor on January 22. She ordered x-rays and blood tests (R.A., Lupus, Lyme Disease...) and she wrote three prescriptions and sent me for a knee brace that immobilizes my right knee. Prescription #1 - Painkiller. My blood pressure was a little high and my normal blood pressure is lower than most, so one of the first things she did was tell me that I couldn't keep taking Aleve. Its okay short term, but it contains sodium so its not a good long-term solution for pain. Prescription #2 - cortico-steroid to get the swelling down. This worked for a while, but as soon as I had one day when I wasn't on the couch for most of the day, the swelling came back. Presciption #3 - Wellbutrin. Yup, I've been needing antidepressants for a long time. She went with Wellbutrin because it is less likely than some of the others to lead to weight gain.
The results - the x-rays show that I've got mild to moderate arthritis in my left knee and moderate to severe in my right knee. The other problem is the cartilage in the right knee. As she put it, its supposed to look like provolone cheese and mine looks like swiss. The only things that the blood tests show is that my thyroid is a little off - not enough to be sure there's a problem, so we'll retest in a few months, and my vitamin D level is low. I didn't think that I had any of those other things and she didn't either, but its best to test and make sure, and now we know.
Next - I'm taking vitamin D3 every day and prescription D2 once a week. Again, retest in a few months. I will need a knee replacement AT SOME POINT. The question is when. I have an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon on Friday (weather permitting) and we'll see what they think. I'm hoping for injections for now, but we'll just have to see what this doctor says.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
I've been struggling for more than a month now with knee problems. I've had problems with my knees for years, but nothing like what I'm experiencing now. I've had many days when its been very difficult to get around my apartment. With rest things would get better, but as soon as I started to get back to my normal habits I'd be hobbled again. After a couple of these cycles, I've finally admitted that whatever is going on is serious and must be treated.
Add into that that I'm with the plethora who had health insurance starting January 1 and this started in December. First I was waiting for Jan. 1 to get here, and then for my insurance information to arrive. Jan. 1 came and went, and still no insurance information. Again, I finally had to give up on the idea that I wouldn't have to do anything. Yesterday I started making phone calls. It took hours, until early this morning, to get the information I need to be able to use my insurance. Then I had to pick a doctor. A few more phone calls, and I've found one and have an appointment.
I am very lucky to have a local friend who has offered to help, since I can't get around these days. Since I need to arrange an appointment around her work schedule, I won't get to the doctor for another couple of weeks. Still, its progress. I wish that I could convince myself that I'm going to go to the doctor and everything is going to be great. I'm not even convinced that I won't need a specialist and maybe even surgery, but I'm still glad that I've done something, finally.
My next issue is curbing my emotional eating and changing my goals to account for my lack of activity. I have definitely gained over the past month and I was already headed away from my goals instead of toward them. If I can't exercise, I need put that time to good use managing my eating and trying to reach other goals.
All of this, of course, makes meeting my other goals just that much harder. How the heck to I get additional work when I'm in pain if I walk around my apartment too much? Yep, that's the question. What a mess!
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Well, I've gotten down from 236 to 219, which I'm very happy about, but for the past couple of weeks I've been stuck there. Measurements haven't changed either. This is odd, since I'm up to walking about 15 miles a week and my eating has been good.
I've started by looking at my sodium levels, which I haven't paid any attention to for quite a while. I'm doing a little bit of fine-tuning, but for the most part they're fine. The next thing, of course, is looking at my calorie range. I'm not sure whether I need to go up or down, so I'm probably just going to need to pick one and see what happens. For any of you who haven't run into this (I know that some of you know just what I mean), sometimes you don't lose because you're not eating enough. It seems crazy, but its true. More than once, I've found that eating more - we're only talking about a couple hundred calories usually - was what it took to get the scale and other measurements moving. I'll still probably try going down before I try going up, but they're both on the table.
A good thing is happening in my neighborhood that I know will help me. We're getting a Planet Fitness! They won't open until September, but for now the initial fee to join is $1. There will be an annual fee of $29 and it'll cost $10 per month. No contract. So, if I belong for a whole year it'll cost $150. I stopped by their temporary office yesterday and signed up. I'm so looking forward to having a gym again! It worries me to commit myself to spending money, but some things are worth it and this is one of them. (Yes, I still need to find more work)
Monday, June 10, 2013
One of the things that I was happy to see, when my belongings arrived, was my scale. I knew that my weight was way up, but I had no idea how high it was. I was saddened when I got on the scale on May 10 and saw a weight of 236 pounds. I don't think that this is the most I've ever weighed, but its the highest number I've ever seen on a scale.
Its different for each of us, but for me the scale is an integral part of getting and staying on track. I have no intention of getting down to where I've been told my weight should be. The high end of my recommended weight range is 137 pounds, but the lowest I've gotten was 147, and I couldn't stay there for long. I think that for me 150 is a reasonable goal.
Since I got on the scale that day, I've been tracking and being mindful about my eating. As my weight came up, sometimes creeping and sometimes rocketing, I've always been pretty active. Since I moved, I've gotten back to being more consistent. For me, though, the terrible eating habits that I'd fallen back into were the problem. In the month since then, I've lost 10 lbs. Only 75 lbs left to go. Ugh. Its a long way and I know it won't happen anytime soon. I need this though. I feel so much better when I'm eating healthy, and I so want to be able to wear the smaller clothing I've got stored. Its been frustrating to both not be able to fit into the clothing I already owned and not be able to afford to buy new clothing that did fit. The size 18 shorts I have are getting big but the 16s I have aren't quite comfortable yet, though I can wear them.
I'm hesitant to say that I'm sure I'll be able to stay on track. I have a long road ahead of me. At least I've made a good start.
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