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Me and My Knee

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

So evidently my knee pain, which started a month ago and has gotten progressively worse, is not actually knee pain; it's ankle pain, and back pain, masquerading as knee pain. Who knew? Apparently I did something not nice to my ankle, maybe in Zumba, although it is hard to tell in a country where many of the roads are dirt and filled with holes and the ones that are paved are also filled with holes--I spend a lot of time accidentally stepping in holes and almost falling over.

So anyway, I did something to my right ankle, and my ankle responded by turning out and taking my knee with it. My back, on the left side, seemed to feel that my body should be symmetrical, so it responded by pulling the other direction, and taking my knee with it. After a certain point, my knee decided that it wanted no part in this battle, and just sort of gave up.

Yesterday I finally went to the sports medicine place, and had my knee looked at, and by "looked at", I mean that the doctor twisted and tugged and massaged and basically beat me up for an hour. Before I went, my boss told me that she had "magic hands" and one of my students told me that she would make me cry. I asked her which one was true and she said both were. I didn't cry, but it was close at a couple of points. Then she sent me back to work with the instructions to ice anything that hurt every hour on the hour and to come back on Wednesday.

I cannot remember the last time that I have been in that much pain. Walking the two flights of stairs up to my apartment took about 10 minutes and left me gasping. I blew off plans for dinner with friends because I could not face the thought of the stairs again. Ice helped a little bit, but I was miserable the whole evening and finally took a sleeping pill so that I could get some rest.

And today? Today my knee feels really good. Not 100%, but much better. I can stand up without having to push off of something, and I can bend it significantly further than before. The bad new is that I have to go back and see her tomorrow, and I think she's probably going to try to make me cry.
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    Go ahead and cry - it probably gets pain enzymes out of the body or something equally therapeutic!
    1792 days ago
  • MUFFIY831
    Yeah, I've been there too. I had a physical therapist that I swear was in the business because of her raging sadistic tendencies! Glad you're on the mend though.
    1793 days ago
    I actually laughed out loud as I read this...... you poor thing ! It shoulds so rediculous but they do seem to torture you to make you feel better ! I hope it gets better and you get some relief !

    1793 days ago
    It has always amazed me how some of the things that doctors do are just awful, but wonderful. My daughter had to have some procedures done when she was 7 years old and watching the nurses hold her down so the doctor could work was one of the hardest things I've ever done. They torture you, but it usually works.

    Hope your ankle, back and knee all feel better soon!
    1793 days ago
    Im glad your feeling better! I always have ains some where i hate it! I have arthritis so it never goes away but excercise does seem to help! I wrap my knee when i walk! I never ice but may be i should... Take care and Blessings, Bonnie emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1793 days ago
    Awww, that sounds horrible! But hopefully it works and you never have to see her again!
    1793 days ago
    The phrase, "no pain, no gain" came to mind when reading your blog... hoping your knee continues to improve!!!
    1793 days ago
    hope it is better soon!
    1793 days ago
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