If it hurts, don't do it!
Sunday, May 07, 2017
After enduring 2 years of excruciating knee pain, I decided I’d had enough and told the nurse practitioner at my medical clinic that if something could not be done, I would start smoking marijuana to relieve the pain. He grunted, frowned, laughed and finally referred me to the knee center where they assess people in preparation for knee surgery. (Maybe he could imagine me relieving the munchies and gaining even more weight.)
The Medical Assistant (I call him Peter) who assessed me at the knee center said that most surgeons would not touch me because of my weight problem. I remember my obese cousin had the same experience when she needed kidney replacement. In the end, she died and someone else got the kidney replacement. The implication is that it is a waste of “medical” resources to treat someone who is fat. The notion, I venture, is that if we don't have the self-discipline to control our eating, we won't have the willpower to do the required treatment to overcome our knee problem. To his credit, Peter referred me to a physical therapy clinic and this is already helping.
I am also booked for a cortisone injection. Peter said that sometimes these injections work and sometimes they don’t, and sometimes they work too well. In fact, he said that some people give up their exercise program because they believe the cortisone injection has cured them.
My husband said, “That’s not her problem. In fact, if she feels good she’ll probably hurt herself doing too much.”
My husband knows me too well. So many times, I have started an exercise program, went along progressing slowly, then decided to push myself beyond my limit. I ended up in pain and had to spend several days recovering. While I am recovering, and unable to do my exercises, I lose the momentum I had going. Sometimes, I don’t get it back for months. This time I think it will be different as I have guidance from an expert. The physiotherapist clearly warned me, “If it hurts don’t do it.” So that will be my new motto going forward.