Not so happy tonight.
My right knee has been bothering me off and on for a couple of weeks. It started back when I decided to try to add running/jogging to my fitness regimen. I was doing intervals, and not going to fast, and taking every other day off doing cross training.
Well, it only got worse, so I decided that I would make it my goal to get more weight off and THEN work on the running. You know its 4lbs of pressure for every 1lb of weight...which can add up to a lot on those joints. So I thought, Okay, I got this.
So, after making that decision and speaking with a personal trainer, I decided to cut down to walking, adding some elliptical training and doing isolated leg press exercises to help take pressure off of the knee and try to strengthen the muscles around the joint.
And the pain hasn't gotten better.
I work at a hospital and am good friends with some of the PA's I work with. And this afternoon I decided to ask them what they thought. So they did a little mini "consult" on me...which is hard without a full examination and all that, but the general consensus is tendonitis of the lower knee, upper shin area.
And it sucks.
Now, I hate to be negative, I really do, but I'm feeling kind of down about this. Ron, the PA that I spoke to, has been working in Orthopedics for over a decade, so I trust him, and he said the only way to REALLY help tendonitis is to stop doing the activities that aggravate it. And ice. And Ibuprofen. And isometrics.
But I can't STOP walking. It hurts on and off, going up stairs, walking on flat surfaces, walking slow, walking fast...sometimes it doesn't hurt at all. So...I'm feeling a little bit at a loss on what to do.
Obviously this is just a little bump in my road, but I can't stop working out. I LOVE going for walks--and I was going on 4 mile walks 5-6 days a week...it was MY time to reflect, relax and enjoy this beautiful weather while we have it. I feel like I can't do that anymore.
I know I'm probably overreacting, but that, along with feeling like this journey is such a huge undertaking has me overwhelmed.
Have any of you been through this? What did you do? How did you handle tendonitis? Do you have any advice? HELP :)
You're all amazing.