Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Results are in...

You are NOT the father!  (You read that in Maury's voice, didn't you?)

I recently had an MRI on my lumbar spine and bilateral knees. I saw both of my orthopedists this week to discuss the results.

I have herniated discs in my low back, along with fluid in my facet joint on the left side which is causing pain on that side. But the back doc said these will heal on their own eventually and to keep doing what I'm doing, which is the exercises the Physical Therapist gave me and going back to my Chiropractor regularly.

The knees are a bit more complicated. I have meniscus tears on both sides, along with severe arthritis in both knees, so basically bone on bone. I'm not surprised by this at all. And while I'm not happy about it, I feel validated to have an actual diagnosis and a solid treatment plan. It can be hard to get taken seriously by the medical community while being a woman, and fat. Women's pain complaints are often underestimated by medical professionals, and fat women get dismissed right at the start much of the time.

The weight loss over the past month has done a small amount of good in the pain and mobility department, but not enough that I can be as active as I want. I'm still out of work on leave. The knee doc said he wants to do a series of viscosupplement injections which will mimic synovial fluid between the bones and hopefully decrease pain. If this works, it will keep me out of having surgery at this point.

Think good thoughts that the insurance company approves this quickly! In the meanwhile, I'm going to keep on keeping on with Weight Watchers. I'm loving the program so much, I wish I had joined sooner. I'll do a more detailed post on it soon, with lots more gushing.

4 comments:

  1. Ouch! I can definitely sympathise with the knees. Not a bundle of joy.
    Hope you will get some relief soon.
    Deniz

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    1. Thank you, Deniz! And thanks for reading. 😊

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  2. Ugh. I have herniated disks and they suck when they flare.

    When I did MT reports for ortho docs, when the visco shots worked for people, they were amazing things. I hope they work for you, too!

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    1. Thank you! hope this is the case for me. Still in a holding pattern. 🙃

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