Monday proved to be the day when the right knee said enough. While doing some Sumo Squats I went down and came back up and there was a pain. Significant pain. And then I felt a lump at the back of my knee. It was the size a large egg. I knew it was not good. After a day of icing and rest, I called the Orthopedist and got in to an appointment yesterday. I had no idea what he was going to tell me but the one thing I was most worried about was surgery. I was not prepared for that conversation.
After some x-rays the doc and I conferred. The prognosis was not as bad as I thought it would be. The situation is that there has not been an increase or decrease in the space between the knee joints which is neither good nor bad. If I had not lost weight it would probably be a different conversation. I have osteoarthritis and that won't change so for me there will be no more squats or lunges or burpees. For me I can walk, cycle, do yoga, swim, circuit training, or use the elliptical. That is it for exercising. I had really enjoyed more of the things I can no longer do. It is frustrating but I will have to overcome my aversion to working out and do it.
For now I have to rest for the next week. Then I will have 2 to 4 weeks of physical therapy. Long term, if I continue to lose weight, I could probably keep going on these knees for another 10 to 15 years. Then after that two knee replacements. Not something to look forward to but being proactive now will save me pain later. So for my own continued health and to reduce my pain I need to keep going.
Although my knees called a time out, I know it was a call to action to for continued health. I don't hate my body for this because I spent years not taking care of it. Now I am, and it will only help me more later.