5:41 PM - Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007
I had a doctor's appointment on Thursday because the problems with my legs have been getting worse the past few months. Your health is something that you should take most seriously. Now, I'm considered "obese" because my BMI is around 34% when it should be around 22%. I'm 60 pounds over weight. I'm only telling you this because it comes into play later on. Back to my doctor's visit.
In our discussion, my doc decides that we should have X-Rays done of my ankles, both knees, and lower back. She called me yesterday with the results of the X-Rays. My ankles are fine (There's something weird with my left ankle) and my lower back is fine. I've got "Early Degenerative Arthritis" in both my knees. The non-scary term for that is OsteoArthritis. The cartilage in my knee joints will slowly wear away, unable to regenerate themselves.
Luckily, there are a few things that can be done. First of all, losing the excess weight will most definitely help. It will decrease the amount of stress that's put on my knees. Walking with a cane will help decrease the demand on the hurting knee as well. Anti-inflammatory meds will help treat the pain and inflammation. Physical Therapy (which I doubt I will have access to) will help strengthen the muscles around the knee joints and help decrease the burden of the knee. There are other things that can be done, but I'm not going to talk about them since they won't apply to me anytime soon (I hope).
I feel really old now. I've got Arthritis in both my knees, Tendonitis in both wrists, shin splints, in both my legs, among a few other ailments. I thought I was only in my 20's not 40's or 50's (no offense intended for those of you who are around those ages). It kinda scares me to think of how I'm gonna age later on!! If I'm all f&*$ed up now, how bad am I going to be then? **sighs dejectedly**