Friday, November 13, 2009

Oh My Achin' Knee!!!

"Get out of town!", I said to the doctor when he told me in the last half hour that I have a torn medial miniscus of the left knee. No wonder it's been hurting! I'm glad I pushed for the MRI, but have to admit I wasn't expecting something so KNEE-ish. I was expecting that maybe I'd need some PT for a strain, if even that; but the doc said it needs arthroscopic surgery! If I knew how to insert a frowny face, this is where I'd put it. I don't think it will be a big deal, but won't know the full scoop until I go for an appointment next Tuesday to get the details and find out what kind of time I'll need to carve out. Unexpected, but in the general scheme of things, I know this is small potatoes. It is my potatoes, however, and so will need some acceptance and reasonableness on my part to negotiate it all without undoing all the good I've accomplished with weightloss and exercise to date.

I really put the knee through some rigors on the DR trip, and it held up pretty well under the influence of Ibuprofen 600 mg 3x/day. Now I'm on Prednisone for a bad sinus infection (along with an antibx), so the knee feels close to normal...steroids rock for their general inflammation busting properties. But I swear, since I hung up from speaking with the doc, it's hurting. Mind over matter is a real thing!

I'd had plans to try and walk my beloved Ridley Creek State Park 5 mile loop this weekend, but now think I'll back burner that plan until I know if it would be prudent to do long walks prior to surgery.

So, that's my story, and I guess I have to stick with it! Details to follow...and the first round of trip pix.


  1. Knees are such tricky things for us. And it is one of those things where it seems to eliminate so many activities. A blog friend (sharla) in California is going through similar knee things and she did start swimming. She is actually taking lessons.

    What a bummer! But at least you found out the problem before you did any more damage. And at least your trip is done. So the timing is pretty good.

  2. My hubby had that surgery a couple years ago. It is a pain and it takes a bit to recover BUT there is life and exercise afterwards. My guy went on to get his second degree black belt after his...

  3. Hi Leslie. Well unfortunate to need surgery, but so lucky that you are able to get it sorted.

    With less exercise it does mean you will have to be more careful with your eating - but it should still be possible to keep your weight stable through it all.

    Pretty amazing you were able to do all that walking on holiday!

    Best wishes,
    Bearfriend xx

  4. oh man, too bad! That is the thing I DONT want to inury, I hope you feel better soon leslie.

  5. Aw, fiddlesticks! I'm so sorry that you're gonna need surgery. I'm still battling off and on pain in my right knee, and this makes me scared to go get it checked, although I figure he'll just tell me I'm fat and need to lose weight to get the pressure off! Hope your knee is feeling perfect in no time!

  6. Sorry about your knee, Leslie. I hope your surgery is soon and goes smoothly and you can get back to normal.

  7. Whoa, isn't the the steroid that makes people gain a lot of weight? Not trying to freak you out. Maybe I'm mistaken.

    Anyway, it's good that you went to the doctor and they figured out what's wrong. Now it can get fixed and you'll be able to get back to exercising without further damaging it.

  8. So sorry. But glad you will get it fixed. When fixed you can workout like a crazy women.

  9. that stinks - I guess now's the time to work on the upper body :)