After over a year in pain, someone finally gives me an accurate result. In which I can assuredly say that OMH is a bunch of quacks. Two doctors, an x-ray and a MRI from them and they only made a guess at the problem. “Likely a torn meniscus.”, “Oh it’s just swollen, a couple of weeks of Physical Therapy and you’ll be back to normal.”. It never got better. Only worse. This past month it’s been flaming in pain at times. Likely because of high humidity as we had a decent amount of rain.
The first doctor at the VA wasn’t much help either. He was solely concerned with my weight and waiting. Pain isn’t something one should have to wait through. Which is why I had him removed from my care. My new doctor is taking action.
The MRI results came back from the VA. I was told it’s arthritis and degenerative loss of the cartilage. Further information as well as the symptoms fit my situation perfectly. Making the VA’s MRI results conclusive of Osteoarthritis.
Image courtesy of Orthoinfo.
As pictured above, there are bone spurs. Which is why my knee is swelling in pain and feels like there is a glass shard digging at me.
I guess it was triggered when I injured my knee. It irritates me no one caught it earlier on as perhaps they could’ve slowed the degeneration.
Sadly I don’t know what the next steps are yet. I will have to travel to Detroit again. Likely several times over the next few months. I don’t know if I’ll need surgery or if they can treat it. I do know I’ll have to lose weight and get a job that isn’t always on my feet. If I can find one. This whole last year was a waste as I was always told to elevate my legs and rest. That doesn’t lose weight. I’ve gained weight. I hopefully have found a way to change my diet that will work, but I won’t talk about it right now as it’s not Doctor recommended. If it works, I’ll let you know. I’m phasing out my current food supply and starting the diet right now. But I’m not going to just throw out food either. The upside is this diet is food I’ll like 😉
I hope to start taking walks daily again soon. Providing I can get outfitted with tools that will reduce my pain while walking.