Wednesday, August 18, 2010

OK, Knees Are Done

Lots of Needles

I won't go into detail for the squeamish, but I had a lot of needles injecting stuff into my knees.

The right knee did have a bit of fluid which the doctor drew out, and it feels better for sure.  The other treatment does take a while to really take effect, but some things feel a bit better already.  Mind you, I do not expect to be pain free at any point, but the really annoying pain should be gone now

The rest of the treatment takes a while to go into effect. For the ligaments, it's kind of like an internal blister--designed to irritate them into building some scar tissue to tighten them.  For the rest, it's essentially a stem cell therapy which helps heal and build cartilage in my knees.  The doctor also treated the tendon in back of my left knee that had some issues, again encouraging it to heal itself.  So it's a matter of pressing on, some of the pain eased, the rest just kind of gradually lessening as the injections take effect.

I am kind of like a horse in layup, except that I know exactly what the internal damage is and am well aware that some of it cannot be fixed, so I just need to cope. And, unlike a horse, I also am pretty well aware of what I can and cannot do, and what I should and should not do.

My appointment took up the entire afternoon.  Obviously, I didn't do much else all day.  I just got back from an Planning Board Meeting which was interesting, and I think I'm worn out.

Enough for one day, I guess.

8 comments:

  1. Yay for needles! Probably not the most pleasant thing... but knowing that some relief was to follow hopefully helped.

    I hope things continue to improve :)

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  2. I'm glad they "treated" you, without further referrals and delays.

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  3. Glad to hear you were treated and got some little bit of relief. Hope you are feeling better soon.

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  4. Glad to hear you were treated and got some little bit of relief. Hope you are feeling better soon.

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  5. eurgh. rather you than me....hope it helps.

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  6. Hope things continue to feel better and that soon you're able to do more things you want to do.

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  7. Ouch!

    So pleased you have been granted some relief, I hope the knees and the weather let you back on board your ponies soon!

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