Tuesday, August 28, 2012
So this knee that has been bothering me has finally taken a turn for the worse. My MRI Thursday confirmed severe bursitis (you can see the swelling in my left knee and the leg above and below it) and disclosed degenerative joint disorder (also called osteoarthritis). It's very severe. They also saw it in my right knee, and suspect it's what is causing my shoulder pain as well, and why my left shoulder joint was already compromised at age 25.
What does this mean? Well because I am in government healthcare now through my husband's military career, it means wait. Take these pain meds (heavy heavy hitters) and wait. Wait for a referral. Wait to get into ortho. Wait for their eval. Wait for a decision on aspirating the knee. A basic procedure, but months in the making. Many many hoops to jump through; in the meantime- MORE PAIN MEDS!!!
It also means no more running. Ever. Ortho will tell me how bad the knee is, how involved the arthritis is. The bursitis, well hopefully the Solumedrol and the Voltaren will work to fix that. But still, no more running ever. No more high impact anything. Or low impact anything. Looks like its swimming aerobics from now on for me. It's horrible. Devastating for a 30 year old.
But I said I have a plan, and I do! I intend to continue working my upper body, and continue to work my core. I will follow my dr instructions, but will continue to work my body in the ways I can. Yin Yoga was also suggested to me. I hope I will be able to do it, but if not, ok. Most important is to keep my body strong and do everything I can to rehab my knee. It also means really watching my diet strictly. Diet will be a huge part of this because the excercise will be limited by my inability to use my lower body.
So stick with me sparkies, stay and watch my journey. Pray that orthopedics will fix me, will help me. Pray that PT will be effective. My pain doctor has been wonderful in managing my pain with the least heavy hitters possible, please pray they continue to be wonderful.
In peace and joy, and always in positive thoughts,