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.