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Surgery Done

Monday, August 26, 2013

My arthroscopic surgery for a torn meniscus went well last Friday. My leg was remarkably pain free until Saturday night and then it wasn't awful- just hurting enough to have to take a round of pain reliever through the night. The worst after effect of the whole ordeal was the way my throat felt after the anesthesia. I must have had a gallon of water before I could get any food down. Today, I cleaned up all the iodine and replaced the bandages and I feel ready to start a routine of very gentle exercises. I found a nice workout on

I've got the week off from work so I'm hoping to take my time to do this right.

Oh Wow, while I've been writing this, the hospital called to check up on me and to see if I had any questions. Very Nice touch, I think. They suggested one of the exercises I'd found on and reminded me to call my doc for a follow up appt.

So far, so good, I guess. Now if I can just keep myself healthy eating-wise and not gain a ton of weight while I'm so immobile, I'll be happy.

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WONDERWOMAN 8/28/2013 6:17AM

    Glad to hear you are doing so well. Keep it up and you'll be back full force in no time. My post-op infection set me back a few weeks, but now (exactly two months post surgery), I am thrilled. Some slight discomfort once in awhile, but I am running again and that knee feels 100% better than the other now.

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TXPATRIOT 8/26/2013 10:54PM


Way to be proactive! emoticon

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Time for an update

Friday, August 09, 2013

Well, it's been awhile since my last blog. Since then, I have not been able to run at all. A torn meniscus is the latest culprit. I am scheduled for arthroscopic surgery at the end of this month and then I will have to be patient with the recovery process so I can be smart about getting back out there. Since I've stopped running my weight has crept back up to it's highest point ever. It doesn't seem to matter what level of exercising I do- it just won't budge. So now, I am trying to tweak my diet and I have finally given in to trying Sparkpeople's nutrition tracker. I'm also re-looking at what exercises I'm doing and at what levels to make sure I am working smart and not just working hard. Time will tell, I guess.

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 8/16/2013 6:36PM

    Hi Anna, Have you been using the tracker? I just started using it again a few weeks ago and it definitely helps me a lot to be aware of how many calories, etc. I'm eating.

I'm so sorry you have to have surgery!! I know how much it must be paining you not to be able to run!

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BLUESKY_321 8/13/2013 12:58PM

    Sounds frustrating for sure - hope that your recovery is full and quick!

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    I am sorry to hear about your injury! I hope you heal fast!

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TIMOTHYNOHE 8/9/2013 4:10PM

    The tracker is great. I think you will like it.

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Thanks for all the helpful comments on my last blog.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Thanks to all who commented on my unsatisfying doctor's visit. I am going to start a new routine to follow the advice coming from many of you to get stronger and work on knee-friendly stretch and strengthening workouts, specifically.

It's great to have this forum to vent and get some affirmation and suggestions.

Thanks again.

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WONDERWOMAN 6/4/2013 7:20PM

    I read your last blog and Oh Boy can I relate. I feel your pain, literally. I did the same as you - running a couple 5Ks with a little pain in March, then the HM I was so looking forward to. Result? Well, I'm sitting here with my leg propped up healing from surgery to fix my torn meniscus. Like you, I think one injury (previous ankle surgery) led to another and I am determined to get proper physical therapy this time to "get to the bottom of it." I am lucky though, that my orthopedic surgeon is very supportive of my activity level and is doing everything to keep me going with my joint and arthritis issues. Finding the right doctor makes all the difference in the world. I would caution you, though, not to do too much on the knee if the tear need surgical attention. I know I made mine worse by ignoring it for nearly two months.

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SHIRAZSOLLY 5/30/2013 2:43AM

    I don't know if you do this, but it might help to arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible before you seek a new doc.

I'm currently reading Hansen's Marathon Method. Just finished Galloway's beginners book. Read Sheehan a while before that. Plus some articles on Runners World... and some of the long time runners here have great detail in their blogs including their aches and pains and how they deal with them.

Isn't Spark wonderful? Sometimes the comments are kind of odd, but a lot of times you get comments that really make you think, or at least make you feel good and understood!

Glad you have a plan and hope you get yourself a new, friendlier, more compassionate doc!

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I think I just experienced Ageism and it wasn't pretty!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

I went to a Sports Medicine Orthopedist today, to solve the mystery of my very sore knee. The knee started really hurting after running the 10 mile Broad St. race in Phila. on May 5th. It hurt a bit during the race, in fact it was already a factor when I ran a 10K a week before that. You know how it is, though, when you sign up for a big race and you've trained and planned around it, you think well, I'll just tough it out and rest afterward? Well, I have not been able to run at all since Broad St. and it has even been difficult to walk at anything but a snail's pace. This issue immediately followed a yet unresolved case of sciatica and some shin pain.

So I reasoned I will get myself off to see someone who specializes in Sports Medicine and can understand a runner's situation. I am less than satisfied. He didn't come out and say it, but I really came away feeling like his attitude was, look, Old Lady, we can't all run forever. He recommended, and I accepted a steroid shot because I've already rested and done specific exercises for 3 weeks to no avail. and I would rather not have surgery until I've exhausted all other treatments. He took xrays and said they showed a tiny tear in the meniscus and signs of the start of arthritis (hence the Old Lady look I got).

What I was really hoping for was some help in determining what, if any, biomechanical issues I might have that have contributed to my getting 3 (probably) running related injuries over the course of one year. His answer? They're probably not related- just 3 separate events, maybe I can't run the distances I used to be able to run?????

I find this so frustrating! I'm going to do some research on my own and try to figure out what this professional wouldn't take the time to consider.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 5/29/2013 9:56AM

    Time to find a new doctor! Keep looking until you find one who understands. I'm 63 and refuse to accept the age excuse.

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BRANDIC7 5/29/2013 7:23AM

    I had a similar experience with a sports medicine dr and I'm only in my mid thirties. Very unhelpful and mostly a waste of time. He really made me feel like I was a waste of HIS time. I didn't have knee issues but my husband does and he has found that a daily stretching regimen has really helped relieve his pain and strengthen the muscles around the knees.

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RANDI_JEAN 5/28/2013 5:15PM

    I had the same issues as you and I'm 23. So sad that Dr.s can act like that! I second what Stonecot said, what finally helped me out was consistent strength training and cross training. My other muscles were underdeveloped and it was causing all of those issues.

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STONECOT 5/28/2013 4:39PM

    I don't know if you have access to a gym, but if you do, start working on non weight bearing knee exercises to strengthen the muscles round the joint. Strong muscles there will hold the knee joints apart, stopping the bones from rubbing which causes arthritic pain. No help for the tear now, but for the future. Try using the weighted plate that you sit and push against. Not much weight, but lots of reps. Recumbent bicycling, gets the legs spinning, swimming is always good, especially breast stroke. When the knees are really improving, you can add weights, do squats, etc. emoticon

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 5/28/2013 4:37PM

    I'm so sorry! I feel so bad for you that you haven't been able to run or even walk faster than snail's pace! That doctor does not sound very helpful at all and you'd think he'd be able to give you better options than to just not run anymore. Sending healing thoughts your way!

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"Bridesmaids" do Vegas

Friday, February 22, 2013

Back in September the local newspaper, the Boston Globe (, sponsored a fun running event (can't really call it a race) that supported the Big Sister Association. It was called the "Running of the Bridesmaids". My running club, The Mystic Runners, entered 2 teams. I was a member of the team that took first place. We had so much fun planning for the run and participating in the whole event. Winning first place was really frosting on the cake. The prize: all expense paid 4days/3 nights trip for all 6 of us to Las Vegas. It took a little extra work on logistics, etc. but this is the weekend we'll redeem our prize.

Now, I've been to Vegas before and I am not a gambler at all and not one to spend a lot of money on entertainment so I'm hoping we get to see another side to this glitzy city. Our accommodations are at Caesar's Palace and we are planning to rent a van for the 6 of us to head out to see the Hoover Dam one day and Red Rock Canyon on another day. I'm looking forward to getting in a warm weather run in a picturesque location and an escape from the snow storm headed our way.

If any Spark members have any advice on what to see/do please feel free to comment on my blog. I'd love to hear about the experiences others have had.

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WONDERWOMAN 2/22/2013 7:26PM

    Congrats on the win. Never been (never really wanted to go) to Vegas. But what fun you ladies will have. Have a wonderful time.

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 2/22/2013 11:08AM

    That is so awesome that you won a trip to Vegas!! I'm glad all the logistics worked out! Red Rock Canyon looks beautiful, I'd love to go there one day, too. Have lots of fun and take pictures!! :)

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