Be kind to your knees. You'll miss them when they're gone.

So heres the thing: if you injure your knee in May, don't wait until the following January to have it looked at.

It started out innocuously enough, I was in a yoga class, last May, and made an unfortunate move: I felt a bit of a twinge on the back of my knee. I figured I had pulled a muscle, so I iced it and rested it for a day or two, but I am a single mother and full time student, I don't have time to go lame. Heres the problem with that logic, neither reality, nor the injury, care whether you have the time.

The pain came and went, seemingly of it's own accord. Sometimes it felt as though it was on the mend, sometimes I couldn't walk on it, but even when I couldn't walk on it I could still ride, so ride I did.

This month I wanted to take my cycling to another level, 'kick it up a notch', so to speak. I started riding faster and harder, I started a new route with a significant hill. Unrelatedly, I started a self defense class where we assault a padded attacker. This week my knee took an ugly turn and I was essentially forced to go see our family naturopath.

Turns out I probably ought to have seen him last May. Turns out I may very well have and ACL tear, an MRI will say for sure. Turns out that, had I gone in last May, naturopathic remedies might have offered a promising alternatives to surgery, in a way that they don't now.
So, I have a house full of stuff for Sprocket Smoothies ~and a bum leg. Yuck.


Jonathan Maus said...

I feel for you Griffin...and I can relate.

If it's any consolation, I've had five knee surgeries over the years.

Both of my ACLs have been replaced/reconstructed and all my cartilage has been removed.

Not looking forward to growing old but my knee problems are what got me into bike racing way back when.

Take care of yourself (and your knees!).

zilla said...

What a bummer! I hope the pain's not too bad, Griffin. Sending healing thoughts your way...

steve said...

I feel for you too... I managed to burst the synovial membrane a couple of years back and managed to burst it again through overuse of athletic knee supports. I found that a Glucosamine/MSM/Chondroitin/Cod Liver Oil/Vitamin E combo did the trick quite nicely (although I'm sure generic tablets would do the trick - I thought the High5 tablets had special ingredients but they don't look anything too out of the ordinary above and beyond a multi-vitamin).

griffin said...

Thanks all, I really appreciate the healing thoughts ~am am a big believer in the power and effectivness good energy.
I also appreciate knowing that other cyclists have servived these things, I dont know what I would do if I couldnt ride, but it wouldnt be good.
The Glucosamine/MSM/Chondroitin/Cod Liver Oil/Vitamin E combo is what my nateropath would have recomended had I come in back in may, now there is concern that there may be too much damage, we will see. Maybe with all the good energy and pssitive thoughts being sent my way, the knee brace and Ice I am using, etc, the MRI will show that the non-surgical path is still open to me