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4/19/13 6:28 A

Thanks Jen, My knee feels a bit better today so hopefully with rest it will do ok. I will see a doctor if it becomes unbearable, but past experience tells me it is not worth it unless I need medication or something along those lines. Right now, it is just lunges so I will lay off a bit and take it easy for sure.

Thanks for the encouragement. Still working to get the diet under control, but it feels like today is going to be a good day. :)


SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,903
4/18/13 8:47 A

Hi Cynthia

The knee is a complicated joint, so while it could be PF syndrome, it could also be other things causing the problem. It would be difficult for us to speculate on what is safe to try and what you should avoid without knowing for sure.

I wouldn't do any kind of exercise that causes pain or discomfort. I don't think it would hurt to see a doctor there, and if you aren't comfortable with their advice, you can wait until you return to the US. But 8 months is a long time to wait if this becomes a lingering problem that keeps you from exercising at all.

The good news is that when it comes to weight loss, the majority of your progress is going to come from diet, not exercise. So even if you can't exercise at all, you can still lose weight consistently if you're tracking your food and staying in your recommended calorie and nutrient ranges.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

4/18/13 3:27 A

I am so discouraged. I couldn't finish my exercise today because I have been having this knee pain and it is getting worse. It seems like every time I get motivated and get into a good routine, this happens. Last time I got into a good running routine I got plantar fasciitis in my foot and I still have to deal with that. Now my knee. I feel like losing weight would help it some, but how do I lose weight if I can't exercise.

It mainly hurts when I do lunges or squats, but really that is if I put any weight onto the knee beyond walking and jogging. I feel like it is probably patellofemoral pain syndrome, because from what I read, it describes it perfectly. Unfortunately I am in Africa and do not trust the doctors here, so I see no point in going to one until I get home (the U.S.) in 8 months.

I am sure I need to rest it, but what do you think? How long do I need to rest it, and how much can I do while I am?

Is there anyone out there who has patellofemoral pain syndrome? Can you tell me what you had to do for it.


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