Sunday, May 17, 2009

I Kneed Less Pain

There is just no way to feel alright with this pain.

My patellas feel like little bitty balloons smashed between a femur and a tibia. But why? Let's take a look at this site:
Because of the loss of the gliding surfaces of the bone, people with arthritis may feel as though their knee is stiff and their motion is limited. Sometimes people actually feel a catching or clicking within the knee. Generally, loading the knee joint with activities such as walking long distances, standing for long periods of time, or climbing stairs makes arthritis pain worse. When the arthritis has gotten to be severe, the pain may occur even when sitting or lying down. The pain is usually felt in the inside part of the knee, but also may be felt in the front or back of the knee. As the cartilage is worn away preferentially on one side of the knee joint, people may find their knee will become more knock-kneed or bow-legged. 

Someone who has arthritis of the knee may experience pain, swelling, and a decrease in knee motion. A common symptom is morning stiffness that lessens as the person moves around. Sometimes the joint locks or clicks when the knee is bent and straightened, but these signs may occur in other knee disorders as well. The doctor may confirm the diagnosis by performing a physical examination and examining x rays, which typically show a loss of joint space. Blood tests may be helpful for diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis, but other tests may be needed too. Analyzing fluid from the knee joint may be helpful in diagnosing some kinds of arthritis. The doctor may use arthroscopy to directly see damage to cartilage, tendons, and ligaments and to confirm a diagnosis, but arthroscopy is usually done only if a repair procedure is to be performed. 
It definitely does feel as though the cartilage in my knees is almost non-existent. My normal approach is to try and rest my knees. Seeing as I'm slowly starting to nod off here, that should be no problem. However, the best thing I could do is to take an anti-inflammatory and do nice low-impact activities with my knees... Mayhaps now that I live at home (on a lake), that won't be as much of a problem for the summer.

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