Well, I think the Physical Therapist came close to killing me last Thursday LOL. The tops of my thighs, where the quadriceps muscles are, were so sore Friday through Sunday that it was all I could do to get in and out of the car or sit down or get up from even the handicap toilet. I spent the whole time on strong pain pills, and much of it with the hot pad in use.
So, when I went for therapy yesterday I was very quick to let her know that whatever she did Thursday was too much. She cut way back and basically just did a few warm ups and then put me on the ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and moist heat for a long time. She doesn’t want me to walk at the track but every other day for one lap, avoiding the days when I have therapy. She says as weak as the quadriceps are that she’s afraid I will lose my balance or start to fall. Without the quads being strong, she says I’ll damage my knee. She was also surprised that I was able to walk even the quarter mile around the track once, even with the cane. She says I’m compensating in some way for the weak quads, which means I have just completely forgotten how to walk normally. I really try to do it “right,” but I must not be, according to her.
She did say that the other PN patient she has is doing better, and she did give her the URL for this blog. I’m going to be disappointed if she doesn’t write, as it will do me good to talk to someone who has a similar problem.
I was a good girl this morning, and only did one slow lap with the cane, concentrating on the technique for each step. Then I did my home exercises while DH walked his 2 miles. He lapped me 3 times before I could get around once! ROTFL
I go back to the Orthopedist next week, and I’ll decide after I talk to him whether I should try to get an appointment with my Neurologist sooner than scheduled. I suspect he will agree with me on that. He was planning on getting an MRI of my knee once I had the PT, as that’s what my insurance required before they would authorize the MRI. I am so thankful that I had this opportunity to go to Physical Therapy. It’s a shame that insurance companies are so stingy with authorizing it. I can’t get it for chronic conditions, so having Parkinson’s Disease or Peripheral Neuropathy wouldn’t get me permission. But wrenching my knee did!! Strange twisted logic – it’s OK for me to fall because of weak muscles sometime in the future????
The deadline for our BLOG VILLAGE HEALTH Carnival is this Friday, but I haven’t decided yet which post to enter from this blog. Too many to choose from, I guess. If you have a post you could enter, I’d appreciate your participation.