MRI report on my knee
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
I got the results of the MRI on my troublesome knee today. The news was a little frustrating because I do have a horizontal tear in my meniscus which can be helped with surgery but I also have mild thinning of the cartilage (arthritis) which can't be fixed. Since I'm 60, I shouldn't be surprised, but I was.
If I didn't have any arthritis, the meniscus repair surgery could likely relieve about 95% of my symptoms, but the dr said bc of the arthritis, I get knocked back to about 65%. Still, that's pretty good really. I have a gut feeling that most of my symptoms will resolve if the meniscus surgery is a success. I'd at least like to see how much can be fixed with surgery before I assume it can't.
I was able to do whatever activity I wanted until last October when I took a flying leap over a puddle during a run...how I wish I could go back and undo that. Since my knee was normal until then, I have to assume I sustained some level of an injury that day though I also remember feeling a sharp pain a few weeks later while doing mountain climbers...so I might have sealed my knee's fate then.
My symptoms seem worse lately...nearly constant swelling, pain during the night, stiffness in the morning and after long periods of sitting....I can no longer get up from the floor without grabbing onto something bc my knee doesn't bend like it should and it hurts! I DO NOT like losing the ability to get off the floor independently. That is new for me and I'll say it again: I DO NOT LIKE IT! If there is a chance that surgery can restore that to me, then it's worth a shot.
Finding time to have surgery is a separate issue. Still trying to get the house back together after the remodel and we have our normal summer trip to church camp coming up at the end of next week Then we bring 3 grandkids home with us for a week and after they leave, I have about 3 days before my daughter and I make a two week trip to the Philippines with our pastor and his wife. Who has time for surgery?! LOL End of July or beginning of August is about as soon as I see it happening. I'm concerned about the long plane trip to the Philippines, but I'll just have to get up and move around as much as I can to keep the swelling under control.
The good news is that my entire 7 mos of weight maintenance has taken place during the time I've dealt with knee issues. One of my lingering fears is that a lower activity level will take me out of maintenance one day, but I'm still hanging in there! Thank goodness for the most part, I have no trouble walking...even if it takes me a few minutes to get started. ;) In retrospect, I feel like I was not well prepared for what the doctor told me this morning and I didn't ask as many questions as I should have so I can see a consultation appt in my near future...and that I will make time for!