A few months ago I wrote my very first personal post about my struggles with mental health, and how it as been effected by my knee problems. You can give it a read here. Since then I have seen specialists, and been for tests and scans. As I explained I have had knee problems for as long as I can remember, however I thought I had done some further damage whilst running. Well a couple of weeks ago I was called back to the specialists to discuss the diagnosis. It was a mixed bag of emotions kind of day. I did not even know what results I wanted. A problem on the scan, would lead probably lead to surgery and I may be fixed forever. More importantly I would have something to blame for this ongoing issue and pain in my life. If the scan came back clear, the likely hood was this would be a chronic pain and I would have to live with it forever. Neither sounded like great options to me.
On the positive note the scan came back clear. That meant no surgery. Which is great as knee surgeries do not always work and have a high chance of getting worse. Also my nana as juts her her hip replaced and surgery was not a good thing in my mind. The downside – no real diagnosis, nothing to blame and something I may have to live with forever. I literally ran into the toilet and burst into tears. I mean I am 25 and cant even go for an hours walk around town, without my knee being like a balloon and suffering from shooting pains all night.
It was decided that physiotherapy was the best first option for me, and any other serious treatment could come later. As it stands physio has a great success rate for these sorts of problems, and you dont really want someone messing with your knee unless you have to. After a calming down by my mum, I realised this was the best possible outcome and in fact it was really positive.
I hate the day of physio. Your knee is prodded, poked, stretched and bent in so many different ways. It generally is left to be quiet painful for the rest of the day! However my physiotherapist was lovely and really understanding of the issues I faces and how it effected my everyday life. As well as this the best thing happened, she actually ad a diagnosis. It felt great that I could finally understand what was going on with my body and what we could do about it. Also that over time my knee could be as good as new.
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
Patellofemoral pain syndrome is pain in the front of the knee. It frequently occurs in teenagers and athletes. It sometimes is caused by wearing down, roughening, or softening of the cartilage under the kneecap. Patellofemoral pain syndrome may be caused by overuse, injury, excess weight, a kneecap that is not properly aligned (patellar tracking disorder), or changes under the kneecap.
So I’ve got the one where my kneecap is not properly aligned, this causes the kneecap (patella) to shift or tilt out of place as the leg bends or straightens. Which is what causes such aggravation when walking or working out. However it can be fixed by ongoing physiotherapy
PHYSIO PHYSIO PHYSIO
The problem with physio is it is no quick fix. You are the one in charge and you are the one in control. People may say it is easy, and why wouldn’t people do it to make themselves better. However for most everyday life gets in the way. It has to be turned into a religious thing like brushing your teeth. You do that 2 times a day. Now yo have to do these exercises 3 times a day. You have to adapt a mindset to just get it done with, otherwise this problem will not only go away but end up getting worse. I do my workouts in the morning, so after Ill just add on my physio. I will then do it after lunch, and my last session at night in front of the TV. If this means I can get running, and finally manage to run a marathon the dedication is there. I just wish it hadnt taken 10 years for this diagnosis, as I could have already been fixed. However there is no looking into the past and I can finally look forward.
Have you ever had any issues that effect your lifestyle and way of living?