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Friday, July 17, 2015

I stated in my last blog in April that I had put of blogging because I felt out of sorts. Well I have been waiting that long to get some results from my knee/leg condition. I hate having medical issues and I do feel like it is always something. My weight is not making these issues any better and it is time to get back on track with losing weight.

I have had a torn meniscus that I have finally been given Aqua therapy to help get me moving again. I have had a very difficult time walking with the constant pain. After several appointments and a couple of tests the Phrygian’s Assistant finally prescribed me the Aqua therapy, which has made the simple task of walking tolerable. However, over the last two weeks I noticed my calf was badly swollen and was causing pain with walking now. Ugh I say… I waited for my knee fallow up to discuss this with the doctor and she sent me straight to the emergency room for an ultrasound. I had to wait for the results since she thought it could have been a blood clot. Thankfully it wasn’t. It took the doctor’s office two more days to get back to me to let me know that I have a baker’s cyst. From what I have read about these cysts’s mine must be draining down to my lower leg since that is the area that is all swollen.

When I first had my knee looked at I kept telling them that I had pain in the back of the knee. They thought it was just arthritis and the MRI only showed them arthritis and the torn meniscus. I’m not sure why the cyst wasn’t diagnosed earlier. I was so embarrassed by the fact I had a swollen calf because it always seem to be something else with my medical issues. I’m very tired of getting one thing fixed just to have another one pop up.

I did see a post today that says there will always be something that isn’t ideal and this is life – deal with it. One of my favorite sayings is “Suck it up and Deal with it!” I guess that is just what I will do!

Get carrying on and have a wonderful weekend!
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    I hope you start feeling better, soon.

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    Life could be a little easier. Hopefully the therapy continues and this issue can be eliminated.
    2160 days ago
    I'm so sorry Val that you are still having so many problems with you knee. I was really hoping that the aqua therapy was helping. Please don't ever be embarrassed by an additional medical issue - especially if they are interrelated. I hope and pray that you get well soon!

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  • DEE107
    Hugs hope you feel better
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  • JAMER123
    emoticon Good blog.
    Many times when we have something go wrong, others follow. It's kind of like once a car needs repair, there is more going on that needs to be looked at. Love the picture of the cat with the description. Take care! Have a great weekend!
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    emoticon Glad you are following up on your health. Feel better
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  • SHARON10002
    So glad you got some aquatic therapy for your knee, and that it did help to heal things to the point where you are able to walk again.

    I had no idea what a baker's cyst was so I looked it up:
    "Baker cysts are not uncommon and can be caused by virtually any cause of joint swelling (arthritis). The excess joint fluid (synovial fluid) bulges to the back of the knee to form the Baker cyst. The most common type of arthritis associated with Baker cysts is osteoarthritis, also called degenerative arthritis, or a tear in the meniscus."
    So it does appear this is related to your arthritis. Here is a good link for you that has great pictures and simple language:

    If I were you, I'd continue to exercise in the water - join the local Y, or a community center, or parks and recreation facility that has a pool. While in there, continue to do the exercises the aquatic therapist did with you. This will continue to help strengthen the muscles surrounding your knee, and will take about 50% of the weight off your joints, including your knee, while you are in the water. The water also helps to improve the range of motion and flexibility of the joint(s). I prepared for a total hip replacement in the pool, and rehabbed in the pool, as soon as I was given the go ahead by my surgeon, until I was fully healed. The effectiveness of the water on all of what I just explained convinced me to become a certified aquatic exercise instructor, and I taught therapeutic water classes for many years. I do hope that you will find some relief, and I always recommend the water to friends who have joint issues based on my own personal experience, and almost all of my aquatic students.
    I hope this information has helped you.
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    So very emoticon Praying you will get the the right care and help that
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    2162 days ago
    Sorry for all your knee challenges! Having had a knee replacement, I know how it impacts your daily life! HUGS
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  • WILLOW49
    I understand all too well about torn meniscus! I had one last summer, surgery was recommended for me because it was such a very bad tear. Big mistake! I haven't been pain free since, and my walking is much worse. Knowing all that I know, I'm wondering if therapy wouldn't have been a better option.

    But like you said, we just have to suck it up and deal with it!
    2162 days ago
    Nice seeing you here again. Hope you get some relief soon.
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