Well, it wouldn't be my life if I didn't have a problem or two, would it!!
It's been around 4 weeks now since my last visit to my osteopath, and I'm still somewhat surprised that I have no back or hip pain - after being in constant 24/7 pain for so very long, it's quite astonishing that the osteopathy cleared it up in just 2 or 3 months. I know I had to pay for it, but it was worth every penny.
However, I do have another problem......my left knee. I've been having trouble with it (pain, mainly, especially when coming downstairs) for about 6 months or so, but over the past month it's got significantly worse. It's not so much the pain that bothers me (after living with chronic pain for so long, and having quite a high pain threshold anyway, the pain is nothing really), it's the fact that I can't straighten my leg or lock the knee, and the knee keeps giving way under me. Several times I've had to grab onto something when it's happened, so I don't fall over - at my age I'm worried about breaking my hip or wrist if I do fall over - or, worse, fall down the stairs. I'm going to ring the GP tomorrow (a phone consultation, no doubt) to see what he says.
In the meantime, I've been looking online for knee supports.....the trouble is, there are dozens and dozens of different ones, and I have no idea which type would be the best. I guess it depends on what the cause of the knee problem is, whether it's arthritis or some kind of ligament or muscle damage, maybe (what do I know, I'm not a doctor). When I had a scan I was told I had no signs of arthritis present (unusually for my age!! so the doctor said 😂😒) - but that was in my hips, they didn't scan any other joints. I expect the GP might suggest referral to physio, but the waiting list for physio is very long here. I could go back to Felicity, I suppose, but without a scan or a proper diagnosis it might be difficult for her to treat - we knew what was wrong with my back, so she could treat that accordingly.
If it's not one thing it's another, but then that's to be expected as we get older I guess.
Rachel, I've made the Campfire Stew today, it smells divine, we'll be having some for dinner today. And yes, it does make loads! I'll be freezing several tubs of it, which will come in very handy when we'll be spending days working in the caravan and coming home for the evening, as I won't have to think about cooking. A week today we can go back to the caravan, but we've got a bit of a problem with the car right now, which might mean we can't go next week.....bloody nuisance. The mobile mechanic can't come until the 10th March, I don't know whether husband can get it sorted somewhere else before then. I'm not very happy about it.
It never rains, but it pours! I hope you can get some help/diagnosis for your knee pain. What a bummer about the car. Hopefully you can get it fixed quickly so you can get to the caravan. I know how much you've been looking forward to that. I think deep breaths are in order! xxReplyDelete
*Breathing deeply* haha xxDelete
Having had a lot of sports-induced knee problems in the past (skiing, squash et al), may I chip in?ReplyDelete
If you decide to get a support, consider something BIG. It might feel weird, or you think it would look extreme*, but something which is no more than a bandage that covers just your kneecap may do more harm than good. If you are trying to support the whole joint then you need a much longer length - something which comes half way up your thigh and half way down your calf.
66fit are a good make, not ludicrously expensive, no affiliation, bla bla.
*floaty skirts are your friend 🤪
Thanks Jayne for the useful info, I'll have a look at those. Oh, and I don't wear skirts, floaty or otherwise....so it'll have to be something that fits over my jeggings (too cold for shorts right now!!).Delete
On the brighter side you still have a car , and a nice caravan!ReplyDelete
Well yes B, but if the car ain't working, then we can't get to the caravan!Delete
It's scary when a joint gives. I hope you stay safe!ReplyDelete
It is scary, especially when coming down the stairs! Thank you.Delete
I only had that happen once and it scared me. I can't imagine having your knee giving way so often. Hope you can find something to help.ReplyDelete
So do I, thank you.Delete
I've got a Rymora knee brace £11.95 (large) from Amazon which helps enormously when walking.ReplyDelete
My knee kept giving way and I eventually had a miniscus repair and ever since I have used this knee brace when out walking.
What a blow for you. I hope the car is sorted quickly for you. xxReplyDelete
Hoping the GP can advise on appropriate support for your knee. xxReplyDelete