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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.

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    It's not often I don't know immediately what to comment when I read your blogs. Today is the first time, actually. I'm not sure if it's because I'm tired or I'm stymied by your coach's reaction. Hmmm. As someone pointed out, the meds reduce the inflammation in your knees so you can use them & not have to live with the pain. Isn't this about keeping/making you healthy and not so much about making you an Olympian? This coach has been so great for you. I have seen the changes in your movements - perhaps you need to find a physical therapist that can work with you to stay active without killing your knees. If you stress them, they aren't going to be there for you. I know firsthand with my shoulder.

    BTW, my cousin was 5 yo when he was diagnosed with arthritis. As an adult, he just did what he wanted to do and he is now on disability. Not a path I want for you, my friend.

    Not sure anything I wrote helps. I just want the BEST for you 'cuz you are a great woman. Good luck with the decisions.

    2855 days ago
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    Shouldn't your trainer be tailoring the workout so that you're not taxing your knees whether you can feel it or not? So that you can take the meds and not have to be careful of them? What about deep water exercise?

    But I know how it feels not to want to give up moving.
    2855 days ago
    BUMMER, I also have arthritis in my knees. Gentle exercise like walking is one of the best things for it! And the medications can really help. They REDUCE the inflammation which means it really is better for your knees.
    2855 days ago
    I'm sorry about your knees, but I do agree with your doctor's recommendations. I went for a massage once and the therapist tried to unload on my some holistic crap about my chemotherapy causing my stress, and I replied, "Well, it saved my life," and she shut up after that. Follow what the doctor says and if your coach won't work with you, it may be time to see a new coach.

    Have fun on your hike...take pictures!
    2855 days ago
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