Monday, February 13, 2017

Osteoarthritis Update



Three weeks ago I went back to my Orthopedic doctor to discuss the results of my MRI I had done on my left knee. For those of you that have been on this journey with me for awhile, this is the knee I had surgery on in June of 2014, which we have since discovered did nothing beneficial for me, in fact it has made my knee worse.

Yay!

My doctor flew into the office and basically said, there is absolutely no need for us to discuss surgery at this time, especially a knee replacement surgery (which I was originally told I'd need full replacements in both knees by 35 the rate I was going) however I have a baker's cyst, meniscus tear and osteoarthritis, which is arthritis of the knee cap.
I've known about the last part for almost four years and have pushed through, mostly pain free until recently which is what landed me in his office for a new treatment plan.

(Left knee, the white is my arthritis)

He instructed that I get blood work done to rule out further arthritis such as Rheumatoid and Lyme's disease, both of which came back negative. I was also told I need to lose the weight to take the strain off my knees (no shit doc, I've been working on this for awhile now but my knees are holding me back) and to stop lunging, squatting, running, jumping, cycling, etc. 

That is when I burst into tears.

This man is unaware of my fitness regime before I moved down south and how much I had been through already with my arthritis, and telling me I needed to completely stop almost everything I love and enjoy doing was completely devastating to me. We decided to move forward with a cortisone shot to help alleviate some of the pain and swelling then have me come back when the blood work came in.

Over the last three weeks I haven't stopped working out, I have modified myself in a big way which has proven to be a mental struggle as much as a physical one, because every workout has squats and lunges, but I'd rather workout with my friends at a modified level then not at all.

This morning I went back for my follow up and told my orthopedic how fantastic my knee feels. I have not been pain free in over five years and now I am. We discussed where we go from here and decided to stay on the cortisone shots as needed and that I am cleared to walk/run, jog and jump IF it feels right. Mini/half squats are okay if I want to try them but no cycling or lunging as both are aggravating to osteoarthritis. 

It has been a rollercoaster of emotions these last three weeks but I have a fantastic support system here as well as a doctor who takes the time to actually diagnose me properly rather than just put me under the knife to temporarily fix other issues.

I have two weeks left in BodyBack round two and already signed up for my third! I am also hoping to run a 5k the first weekend in June if I can properly train and remain pain-free.

At the end of the day, I am going to work on keeping my head held high when my knees tell me to slow down or take a break and know that some sweat is better than no sweat at all.





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