Thursday, January 17, 2013
My knee wasn't getting any better, and I was getting very little sleep at night so I finally went to the doctor yesterday. I was anxious because my appointment was with a doctor I hadn't seen before. My doctor retired a few years ago and I haven't seen anyone at the clinic regularly since then. Dr. Canter turned out to be very nice. I think I'll keep him.
He asked some questions about where it hurt first. He manipulated the good knee to compare with the injured one. I asked if he was going to do the same things to the one that hurt? He laughed and said he would be very careful. After examining it he thought that it was probably some kind of injury to the MCL (medial collateral ligament) that connects the thigh bone to the leg bone on the inside of the knee, and/or the neniscus, a horseshoe shaped cartilage pad that is a cushion between the bones.
He asked if I could think of anything had happened recently that could have caused the injury. The only thing I could come up with was that I slipped and fell when I stepped out of the shower. My knee torqued toward the outside when I slipped. I didn't think anything of it because it didn't hurt at the time, and that was before Christmas, a least a month ago. Dr. Canter said it very well could have done it if the knee was torqued hard enough. I was surprised that you can have that kind of injury and not have any pain or swelling immediately afterward. He said that kind of injury to the MCL is common with football players, and when you are older you don't always have symptoms right away because the process is slower. It can be a week or more after the injury before swelling and pain starts. You go on with your normal activities and that keeps aggravating the injury.
He told me to get some crutches and stay off of it as much as I can. I asked if I should use heat or ice. He recommended moist heat. He wrote prescriptions for prednisone to reduce inflammation, and oxycodone to help me sleep better at night. If it's not getting better in a couple of weeks he recommends getting an MRI to find out more about what's going on. Hopefully my knee will get better on it's own without any further intervention.
I mentioned that I had been going to the Community Center gym and using the elliptical bike and doing deep water exercise. since Christmas. He said I can go in the water if I'm careful, but stay away from the elliptical bike for awhile. I need to eat lots of fruits and veggies that will give my body what it needs to heal. Seems like it's going to take some time for my knee to get better. I need to focus on what I can do instead worry about what I can't do. At least I can still do deep water exercise, that's my favorite anyway.
By the way, that oxycodone is some good stuff. I slept better last night than I have in the last two weeks. I wouldn't want to take it during the day though. I don't like how it makes me feel like I'm floating and loopy.