I think I’ve been writing food blogs to avoid writing about the other big issue in my life right now. My joints hurt. Actually, after the g—– fiasco, I was kind of afraid to follow up “I eat grains occasionally” with ” my joints hurt.” LOL. So I decided to wait until after my ortho appointment to write about it.
Something weird happened while I was in Sisters. My hips started hurting so bad that I had a hard time sleeping. I was hopeful it was the bed or the chair that I sat in, and hoped it would go away when I got home. It was even worse when I got home. As in “so this is why people sit down in a wheelchair and never get up.” Now its pretty much gone. So my conclusion is that it was probably the long drive in the car. The ortho doc did not have an answer for that. And besides, he was more focused on my knee, which is what the original appointment was for.
Arthritis. That’s pretty much what is wrong with me. The arthritis in the right knee has probably caused some other damage, like to the meniscus, but not the kind that can be repaired by surgery (yay?)
He recommended a treatment/shot called Synvisc One. It is some kind of gel (found in rooster combs) that they inject into the knee, and even though it doesn’t stay, it somehow stimulates your own cartilage to work better. I already found out it costs almost $1000, so my part is $200. What a ridiculous price for rooster combs. I should grow my own. You can get 50 baby roosters for about $10. (Shelley’s comment to this: “I know you can grow your own roosters, but pretty sure it would be hard to, you know, OFF THEM for their combs. 😉 )
I gave them my history, and told them how important exercise was to me. I listed the kinds of exercise I am doing now: weight lifting, swimming, and walking up and down hills. He said he wants me to stay active, and basically I can do any exercise, concentrating on non-weight bearing. He was big on biking! Even gave me his recommendation for the best bike trainers. He also mentioned rowing a couple of times. Which, at first I thought, I’m not getting out in a boat on a lake. And then I remembered there were rowing machines at the gym… Plus he gave me a physical therapy referral. That helped so much with my back, so I am looking forward to going to that.
And basically, the goal is to ‘keep me going’ until I hit 65 and can get a knee replacement….
Oh, and we also talked about weight. I gave him my weight history, my interest in food and nutrition. And he said a good goal weight for me would be 140. You know, that sounds like a dream come true in some ways. I just don’t know if I can get there, much less maintain that. I am glad he brought it up. I know that there is a lot of personal testimony out there about the difference that weight can make on joint pain (including my own experience!) But I wanted to hear an orthopedic doctor say that it could make a difference.
And I asked about grains. “There is no evidence that any one food has any negative or positive affect on your joints. Only as it applies to weight reduction.”
So. What am I going to do? For today, I am going to go to the gym and work out on the weights (which I have been avoiding until I went to the ortho doc) and then I’m going to hit the rowing machine and the bikes. I’m still in the thinking stage about the weight loss. Lots of disconnected thoughts running around in my mind. I’ll keep that for a separate post. Hopefully after the thoughts connect a bit more.