And the diagnosis is........
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Osteoarthritis, which I've had for a number of years in that knee. X-rays show a couple of bone spurs and the cartilage under the kneecap and in the joints is pretty much shot.
I got two cortisone shots in the knee and was put on a powerful anti-inflammatory med that seems to be working well. For the first time in weeks, I don't have the excruciating pains shooting up and down the outside of my leg and behind my knee. However, the knee itself feels like someone smacked it with a hammer----I'm guessing it is because of the shots.
We will see how things progress over the next couple of weeks and if it stays the same or gets worse, then an MRI will be done. The PA said an MRI could show some tears in the meniscus, which is what I had repaired in 1996 with an arthroscopy. He said it isn't uncommon for them to tear again. If another scope is needed and THAT doesn't work, there is a possibility of a total knee replacement.
He did think that would be a very remote possibility, though. Whew!!
I have to stay off the elliptical, Advanced Motion Trainer and even recumbent bike for a couple of weeks. Guess I'll have to find some upper body stuff to do so I won't lose my momentum. Whatever the case, once I can get this taken care of, I can really focus on getting back on track.
In the meantime, I'll just keep hangin' on!! ======m==m======