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Saw the doctor

April 9th, 2014 at 08:05 am

My doctor's visit yesterday didn't really provide me with a solution. My x-rays showed good knees without arthritis, so I guess that's good! But they didn't give any insight into the pain. He is guessing a meniscus (sp?) tear, but he is not in favor of surgery for such tears, feeling that it leads to bigger problems by decreasing the cushion between the bones. He is more in favor of pain management until an actual knee replacement is viable.

That could be a long way off, since my knees are essentially good.

That said, I am much better this week; the pain is now localized in one spot which is where the muscle attaches to the bone. My PT feels this is symptomatic of a deeper issue, and that I might need to get a second opinion. Then she released me from PT with the admonition to keep up my program at home.

So I'm kind of in limbo. What the doctor said makes sense to me, and I appreciate that he is being thoughtful about the whole process rather than grabbing the chance for a surgery. I think he is showing integrity. On the other hand, I want to end the pain! My prescription is helping, and he is encouraging me to get injections, but I've had bad experiences with those and really don't want them.

As for the decluttering project, I made some progress yesterday. I went through all my winter hats, gloves, scarves etc. and stored them away. I threw away one pair of gloves, and several scarves needed laundering. I cleaned out the floor of my bedroom closet, throwing away several tote bags and a reading pillow that my cats have been lying on and covering with their hair. They aren't worth the cleaning. I started on my big hall closet, making a little space but there is much more work to do there. Mostly I just got rid of baskets. And I cleaned up the cat pan area, which is a never-ending task. I organized my purses, but I probably should get rid of some. Haven't made the decisions on those yet.

As for financial news -- my medical visits yesterday cost me $15 in copays and $3.50 in parking.

8 Responses to “Saw the doctor”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    A second opinion is never a bad idea. I think your first opinion seems sound. Pain just hurts though! So sorry for that.

    You did some great decluttering work. I only own ONE purse. No decision making necessary.

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    The knees are so essential! How long has it been now that you've been battling the pain?
    That scarf, hat, and glove wash and storage would be a good project for me, too. I washed on scarf last week and was aghast at how much dirt came out of it. Frown

  3. snafu Says:

    Pain is exhausting and just wears you down. Do frozen gel pads Command hooks to display handbags as decor. Would it help to designate specific handbags for work M - F, others for travel or events.

    ...just some thoughts

  4. snafu Says:

    argh..I keep losing sentences to gremlins...
    Trying to ask if those frozen ge pads, easily held in place with strap on, garden knee pads help?
    If you have a blank bedroom wall, handbags make an interesting display. Removable Command hooks won't mark walls.

  5. CB in the City Says:

    Joan, I've been dealing with this pain since December.

    Snafu, the frozen gel pads are a good idea. My purses are hanging on hooks on the inside of my bedroom closet door, which is working okay. However, they sometimes slap me in the face when I'm leaning in to get something. Smile

  6. Looking Forward Says:

    No mention of doing a MRI on the knee?
    Did Doc give any idea of a replacement timeline? Like how long are you supposed to live in pain?
    Glad to hear it is feeling a bit better. Smile

  7. CB in the City Says:

    No, he didn't seem interested in an MRI. I'm not sure what to think. However, my knee is feeling better and better, so maybe it will resolve itself.

  8. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Good progress on the decluttering!

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