Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I Don't Get It...

So I have a physical therapy appointment for next Monday. Until then though, my knee continues to hurt and I'm not sure what to do.
According to my doctor's 3 minute assessment, I have Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome.

Of course I have been googling away. I love that all this information is available to me, especially since my doctor didn't really say what exercising I should or shouldn't be doing. However, the internet is a confusing place! Some sites say that biking is good, some say people with patellofemoral pain should be taking time off biking. Many sites say that people who have been running should switch to swimming. Two other sites say that swimming, biking and running (GO FIGURE) are the causes of patellofemoral pain syndrome!

What can I do? What should I do?

I realize I have to take a break from the triathlon training right now and that's fine, but I'd like to do something with myself! Gotta burn off all that ice cream somehow :)

On a total different note, Eric is trying to make a mix cd to play with his middle schoolers so we are sitting here listening to songs to see if they are appropriate. As a result we are taking a massive trip down memory lane with lots of really hilarious/awesome songs. Just in case you'd like to come on our memory lane trip, remember these songs?

Black Eyed Peas- My Humps
Kelis- My Milkshake
LL Cool J- Lougin (you may remember this as the song that goes, "Who do you love? Are you sure?)
Next- Too Close
Cam'ron- Hey Ma

Seriously, just download all of these songs and listen to them right in a row and you will automatically be a good mood. Haha, or it could just be me. Unfortunately, most of these songs were banned from Eric's mix cd for obvious reasons, but I had a fun dance party with myself in the process!

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  1. I've been diagnosed with that before. Personally, biking hurts my knees. It's not just the impact activities that hurt it, it's the motion of the knee joint moving. It's different for everyone, so if biking doesn't hurt it I'd go for it.

    Fun playlist! I remember a lot of those songs :D

  2. The internet can be uber confusing sometimes when it comes to researching injuries!

  3. Oh no! That REALLY sucks!! I have no idea what to tell you other than I'd think that swimming would be OK because that's such a low impact exercise. But who knows I guess! Hope you feel better soon!

  4. LMAO. i totally remember those songs from high school! did I just make myself sound old? lol. Milkshake was one of my bestfriend's favorite songs back then and was even her ringtone...back when nokia's didnt have real tunes and you had to manually enter codes...*sigh* the good old days...

  5. hey ma! haha. reminds me of weightroom workouts in college... at 5-something in the morning. ok, maybe not such a good memory ;)

    sorry to hear about your knee! too bad the doc wasn't more helpful. i'm all about self-diagnosis (though usually wrong, and i usually pick the most serious problem) but i hate all the conflicting info. hope you are able to figure something out soon!

  6. bahahhahah i used to LOVE hey ma!!!

  7. I say, if it doesn't hurt... do it.

    I'm too old to remember those songs. Damn! :D

  8. I'm sorry about your knee. I'd say do whatever exercise makes you feel good.

    I don't remember any of those songs but I listened to my mother's radio station growing up. On the bus in middle school, I remember listening to Kris Kross (sp?), Counting Crows, Green Day, Nirvana, etc.

  9. Sorry about the knee and that your doc wasn't super helpful. I'd try to bike and/or swim and see how it feels.

  10. I have never heard of that knee condition. Sorry it sounds like you're getting a lot of conflicting info and I hope you're able to figure out what you will be able to do. I hate injuries sidelining my progress. When I had knee issues, my doc gave me a series of anti-inflammatory pills. Would that help?

    I LOVE all of those songs you listed. Esp. Next! haha I remember I had that CD in like, 7th grade. Wow .. that was ages ago!

  11. Sorry about your Knee injury. The internet can be both good when researching your health etc. I can be a hypocondriac, so I look up symptoms then always think I have something much more serious.

  12. i think what your doc would say is avoid things that make it hurt for now. Hopefully you'll get some exercises to do at PT that will help strengthen the supporting muscles... if they don't, find a new place to go :) don't get discouraged by taking a little time off the running, as hard as it is--i've been there!

  13. Oh no!! I hope it's nothing too serious that can't be fixed :S Hope it goes away soon :)