Arthritis of the Knees
Friday, July 12, 2013
I went to the doctor today about my knees, and apparently I have arthritis. He said it's common about 10-15 years after a knee surgery to develop this. He also sort of implied that it was really more delaying the inevitable and 10 years down the road it could be a lot worse. I told him I've been really active over the last 7 months, and he said all the high-impact activity was probably accelerating the process. So, for now I'm not allowed to do high impact stuff, like jumping/plyometrics, burpees, etc. I'm getting X-rayed on Monday.
I got into an argument with my fitness coach because he didn't like me taking pain meds as the doctor prescribed for the inflammation. He says it's dangerous to work out on pain meds because you don't notice you're really hurting yourself until it's too late. The doctor also told me to use a wrap, and my coach doesn't want me using a wrap either, for the same reason. I know he means well but I was pretty annoyed - he is the one who said, ''I am not qualified to handle this, you need to see a doc.'' And suddenly he's telling me to ignore the doctor's advice? Ultimately my Coach agreed to me taking the meds as long as there is a 12 hour period between taking them and working out. That sounds ridiculous but it will actually work with my schedule. I'm undecided on the wrap.
Anyways, apparently you can be 30 and have arthritis. Who knew?
I've been eating in my calorie range since I started tracking again over the last four days, though I haven't been eating enough vegetables. So far I appear to be maintaining my weight, and that's a good thing. The weight loss will come with time and I'm fine with going slow.
Tomorrow morning I'm FINALLY going to be able to go for a hike! I am so excited. It starts at 9:30am and we're going to be travelling along a river. Just 3-4 miles and nothing to put undue strain on my knee.
This is the story so far.