Ahhh... but my orthopedist begs to differ!
Yes folks, finally, after nearly two months since I initially developed that lovely bilateral joint instability in my knees, I have a diagnosis:
I have stress fractures in both femurs.
The orthopedist said that the joint instability was caused by a nerve reaction where my knees were actually trying to protect my fractured femurs. The problem is that knees, being knees, aren't very bright so they didn't quite grasp that trying to pitch me onto the ground probably wouldn't help matters much at all. I also have "Chondromalacia Patella" which I believe means a degradation of the cartilage in the knees (and is a common sign of aging, oh God shoot me now).
So. The course of treament for the femurs is actually less arduous than it would be if it were just one of them. The doctor said if it were one leg or the other he'd stick me on crutches and tell me to put no weight on the affected leg for a month. Well, that doesn't work when it's both legs, so instead I'm simply to stay as sedentary as possible for the next month.
If you've known me for any period of time, you know I can do sedentary. I was the child voted most likely to root herself to the couch. By my parents.
Around April 9th I'll be able to go back to any daily activities I've curtailed with the whole sedentary edict, and I will also start VERY light daily walking exercise.
I'll also start some physical therapy exercises for the Chondromalacia Patella. On that, the doctor said these exercises will strengthen the surrounding structures. It's possible that I'll eventually want surgery due to this (my knees "crunch" audibly), but there's no urgency and in fact, as long as my knees don't bug me I don't have to worry about it.
Works for me.
Oh, and apparently since I have these stress fractures, am perimenopausal, and there is osteoporosis in my family, I need to get a bone density test. Good times.
On May 6th I go back to the orthopedist and at that point we'll be reviewing the intensity of my exercise program. My desire is to raise the intensity at that time, either with incline or speed... but we'll see what the doctor says. My desire also is to not have to deal with stress fractures again, so I might have to weigh my wishes and figure out which is more important.
My plan is to follow Tricia's lead during this time and work more on my upper body, since I'm effectively grounded otherwise. Also, I'm going to be tracking my food intake like a beast. Not much change there as I've been good with that for two weeks already, but I'm glad I was already on that.
Now, if I can just get my family to understand exactly what "sedentary" means.
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