Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Knee News

I don't keep up with where I've whined about what, but I'm sure at some point since last summer I've whined about my knees. I have two of them, you know. They do the standard knee things -- bending, unbending, getting whacked on table edges -- only for the last 6-8 months, they've been telling me how unhappy they are about it, at least when I climb stairs, or go down stairs, or walk on an incline, or have to do anything similar. Sometimes just stepping 'wrong' is enough to send one of those attention getting knee messages to my nerve center. There are days I have to think about going upstairs very carefully so that I don't have to do it more than once.

Insurance nonsense prevented having tests last year when the problem started (I had knees before we started this insurance! Pre-existing condition! Even though the problem started 6 months AFTER we changed insurance. Oi!) So, Monday I went to the local orthopedic specialist center for X-rays.

The good news is I do not appear to have arthritis or a similar joint disease. So, Tuesday I went in for an MRI. This will determine if I have mechanical problems -- torn cartilage, loss of joint fluid, stuff like that. Depending on what is found, I may have knee surgery.

Weee. I am not exactly excited about this prospect, but if it means I can use my knees a little more rigorously (like riding my bike), I'll deal.

We find out on Friday.

Of course, now I've developed a painful problem with my left elbow -- it gets unhappy if I do extreme things like, oh, straighten my arm while I'm sleeping. It makes a "pop" noise and screams at me for a while.

I'm thinking of it as a 44th birthday present.

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