Thursday, February 04, 2010

Nonplussed

So.

I don't have any ACL issues. I went to my doctor to go over the MRI results and the report said, "The ACL, PCL, fibular collateral and medial collateral ligament structures are intact without evidence for tear or sprain. The menisci are normal in morphology and signal characteristic without evidence for injury. Articular cartilaginous surfaces appear intact..." and went on from there (I'll spare you the rest).

Huh.

On the one hand this is good news. Yay, no ACL surgery!!!

On the other hand, then what's wrong with my knees? What's causing the sensation that my body is about to rebel and throw me to the floor?

No clue.

"The findings do not have typical appearance for AVN (avascular necrosis). The findings are nonspecific and may possibly be seen with RDS (huh?) or atypical inflammatory/ infectious process..."

Which sounds to me like radiologist-speak for "Well, would you have a look at that?"

My doctor agrees, so she's referring me to a rheumatologist (due to the "inflammatory" bit). I should know when my appointment is in about a week, so we'll start the countdown to the next specialist then.

In the meantime I did get the okay to walk on my treadmill, so hooray! She did tell me she wouldn't okay jogging or running due to the whole inflammatory possibility since the higher impact wouldn't be good for that, but walking is fine. And my treadmill has handrails and a safety key, so even if I stumble chances are I won't fall and even if I do, it will shut off.

I just don't see the cane being a good idea on that machine, yanno?

So anyway, like the post title says, I'm a bit nonplussed. I thought I'd have a definitive answer for what's going on and instead I just have more questions.

And a cane.

And I turn forty in less than two months.

*blink*

But I can walk. I'm not going to discount that.

5 comments:

Jen said...

If I run on my knee too much it starts feeling much like you describe. It happens mostly when I try to do too much too fast. Cross-training seems to help. Good luck. I hope it feels better with rest.

Amanda said...

Hmm... good to know I'm not the only one then, LOL. Well, I'm going to get back into the lower body resistance stuff as well as walking. We'll see what the rheumatologist has to say, but until then the only restrictions I'm going to follow are a) using the cane for stability, and b) no jogging/ running.

We'll see how it goes :)

Jenn said...

Ugh, I know that's frustrating, not having any answers. Hang in there, Amanda. You'll get your answers (and hopefully a solution) soon enough.
And kudos to you for continuing to exercise during all this! Many people (ahem, me), would take it as an excuse to sit on their buttocks.

Tycho Beresford said...

Asked:
"What's causing the sensation that my body is about to rebel and throw me to the floor?"

And answered:
"I turn forty in less than two months."

Ducks.

Losing 100 said...

Good Luck getting everything all figured out. It is so frustrating when you body doesn't want to cooperate with you!