Ha, funny. Or not.

July 23, 2009 at 7:00 pm (Life) (, , )

I don’t like taking medication, of any sort.  No particular reason, other than I don’t like masking symptoms and I think medications are over-hyped and over-used.

Well, in the past 3 years, I’ve had a number of surgeons suggest a cortisone injection into my knee.  And every time I’ve said no.  I don’t think cortisone solves any problems it just masks the symptoms.  Last Thursday, I reluctantly agreed to try it.

Worst pain ever.

At first they said, symptoms may appear worse the first 24-48 hours (this is due to the cortisone crystalizing).  And to ice and take ibuprofen (cortisone is an anti-inflammatory steroid, why should I take another anti-inflammatory).  4 days late, I was still in a lot of pain, this time they said that pain may be present for up to a week and that I could take darvocet (I think not…).

The one week mark has come and gone.  As of today:

  • I have a very limited range of motion (pre-cortisone I had near normal range of motion)
  • My knee is still swollen
  • My knee is bruised (hasn’t been like that for a long time)
  • My knee has this constant sharp pain on the medial side (this hasn’t been a problem since the initial injury 3 years ago)
  • My knee still aches and hurts around the patella
  • I now have a sharp pain shooting up and down my leg
  • It takes less time for my knee to get tired when I’m standing
  • In the evening the muscles around my knee sort of spasms
  • I don’t know if my knee is still catching because I can’t move it

This stinks.  I didn’t want cortisone in the first place and its just making things worse…

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Good news, bad news

July 16, 2009 at 9:12 pm (Fun Stuff, Issues, Life, School, Summer 2009) (, , , , , )

Orthopedic appointment was bad.  He couldn’t see any problems with the articular cartilage on the MRI, so decided to try a cortisone injection.  I can’t remember the last time I was in this much pain 😦  But, he said that in a month we could reevaluate for another scope to clear out scar tissue and look directly at the articular cartilage.

But, while in Phoenix, we went to the Apple store and I got my new laptop (15 inch Macbook Pro).  And because I’m a student, it came with a new iPod touch and printer.

And, I got officially accepted into my degree program,  Yay.  Well, it’s pending copies of my official transcripts, but those are on order…

Oh, and sorry for not writing as much recently, there just hasn’t been that much going on around here…

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