I went back to the Orthopedist yesterday to find out the results of the MRI on my knee. He says I have arthritis, and not a torn cartilage. There are two kinds of cartilage in the knee, and it’s the one that is smoothed over the bone that is becoming thin in my knee. That’s whats’ causing the pain, as bone scrapes against bone. He said I could come back when I needed another Cortisone shot, and eventually, when I can’t stand it any more, he can do arthroscopic surgery to smooth it all back out and decrease the pain.
That was what I was hoping he would say, so we’re very relieved. Now I won’t be quite so timid with my exercising. I plan on making an appointment with the St. Vincent’s Sports Facility for next week, and will more than likely join. I’m not having any success getting my DH to agree to join, though. He’ll have to drive me and wait on me, just the way he was doing the physical therapy, so it would be great if he would join. Then he could do his own exercising while I do mine. It’s tempting to nag … but I’ve been around long enough to know that that will backfire. So, I’ll go for me, and maybe he’ll change his mind.
I was awfully sore from the waist down yesterday. I can’t really tell when I’m overdoing it. I don’t feel like I’m doing too much at the time, but my body sure does complain that night. LOL My walking really has improved a lot, though, and I’m still doing the exercises that the PT gave me.
So I’m feeling good about my ability to gradually improve, as long as I don’t overdo it.