So first things first, I finally heard back from the Medical Assistant at the doctor's office and the x-rays say: bone spur and tendinitis. The half-a$$ "treatment" I was given: rest and ice and something for the pain. My response: that's not good enough - an x-ray only tells part of the story and I've been resting my knee for the past 4 weeks with absolutely NO improvement and an actual worsening of the symptoms so something more needs to be done like an MRI. So they did refer me to the Ortho Doctor and I have an appointment in TWO FRIGGIN WEEKS. Whatever...I guess I don't have much say in it and I'll take what I can get since if I was to change doctors or medical groups now it would mean starting from scratch.
So I was pretty frustrated Tuesday afternoon when I got the x-ray results and "treatment" option...it was hard to just not break down and cry about it or want to eat my way through a jumbo box of See's chocolate. But I realize that there ARE some things I can do for myself right now.
Make smart eating choices so I actually lose some of this weight. Every pound I lose will mean less impact on my joints and that will help long into my senior years
Ice my knee 2-3 times a day - RELIGIOUSLY to keep the inflammation down, take my Tri-Flex stuff, and take the Ibuprofen on a regular basis
Work that upper body and core like a MoFo so that I'm only losing lower body fitness
Get some better shoes for work that will not put as much pressure on my knees - In other words, I need to be less vain and ditch the heels for some fashionable, yet sensible, ortho-friendly shoes...and yeah - I can get over myself in the process because it's for MY HEALTH that I will wear less fashionable shoes
Track, track and then track some more
Minimize my time spent walking and putting pressure on my knee like the doctor said
In other words, there's a lot that I CAN do. I've said it before, but it bears repeating. Being able to exercise like I want is something that I plan on doing long-term...so if it takes being pushy with the doctors, following doctor's orders, losing the weight FINALLY, and everything else, then I HAVE GOT TO DO IT! If doing these things will allow me to get back to running then it isn't an option - it's a necessity.
So I'm hanging in there! :-)