I’m actually healing but last week my left knee was very painful. It was hard to transition from sitting to standing/walking, but once I moved it would feel better. After work one day I went to the store to pick up healthy joint supplements and pain relieving cream, and as I was walking out to my car, my knee popped, and I couldn’t put weight on my leg. I was stuck at the edge of the cross walk, and a car was trying to turn into the handicap space. I waved at him to park and he waved at me to walk across. But I couldn’t move, shuffling baby steps that were excruciatingly painful. I think I yelled “JUST PARK!” at the guy, which he did. Getting out of his car, he tells me he’s had problems with his feet too. I explained it wasn’t my feet, my knee popped and now I couldn’t walk. He wished me a nice evening and went on into the store.
I managed to put weight on my sore knee leg if I tippy-toed, and I managed to get to the car. Which is a manual transition. I need my left leg to shift. To fully engage the clutch, I have to straighten my leg… luckily the store is only 2 miles from my house but that was the most painful 2 miles I’ve ever driven.
I get home, call my oldest son to come outside and get the shopping bags, bring me the crutches from when I had broken my foot, and take me to the after hours clinic. After a 2-3 hour wait, I go back to see the PA. She pokes at my knee, it doesn’t appear to be any bone issues. I haven’t fallen (apart from tripping over Vision and breaking my foot in July), nothing hit my knee… She explains a x-ray wouldn’t show what’s wrong with the ligaments and tendons, so there was no point in doing one since the bones were fine. I’m prescribed some anti-inflammatories and pain meds and told to follow-up with my primary care physician.
Next day, call to get into see my PCP (same clinic after hours, just a different side of the building). Again, pokes at my knee, bones are fine, probably the ligaments or tendons. She can’t put an order in for an MRI until I have an X-ray. Which I was told only 12 hours earlier would be pointless . I get the x-rays and of course, nothing wrong with the bones. A touch of arthritis and a bone spur but other than that, everything is fine. I’m told I’ll be called for an MRI within 72 hours – since it was Thursday, it wouldn’t be until the first of the next week.
Well, I’m not getting an MRI. I don’t feel like paying whatever it will cost me, since I have a high deductible on my medical insurance and they only cover ‘well visits’ 100%. I’ve been icing my knee, taking the anti-inflammatories and if it starts getting sore, usually with a turn or pivot, I try to stay off of it for a bit. Plus, if I opt for the MRI and they tell me it’s a strain or sprain and to RICE it (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) then I’ve thrown away money.
I think part of the problem with my knee is having walked awkwardly while my broken foot was healing. I’m more mindful of how I walk, and sit. And I need to walk more. I’ve sat around too much lately and I can feel the difference.