acupuncture

Knee

I’ve been dealing with a knee issue since December. I had tendinitis in my right knee. I think it was from one of the knee machines at the gym (which I quit using). I was going to PT and haven’t been seeing any improvements. I saw Ortho in June and got an MRI, which of course was inconclusive.

The diagnosis is “mild chondromalacia of joint and quadriceps tendinitis”. But honestly my Ortho Doc is baffled.

I decided to spend the summer going to PT and trying to see what happens. There was a lot going on with moving, selling our house, etc. PT wasn’t really helping, though and a lot of the exercises I was trying to do was making it WORSE. It was SO frustrating! And my physical therapist was frustrated too!

I recently started doing acupuncture and was actually seeing some differences–which was weird because all the times I’ve ever tried acupuncture, I never really saw any results. But this time, it seemed to help. It gave me a few weeks of relief! Then my benefits ran out. My physical therapist plead my case to my doctor for a referral so I could keep going and that finally got approved! So in a few weeks I’ll go back to acupuncture and see if that helps.

Which brings me to this week. It’s been two weeks since I’ve been to acupuncture and this week my knee pain flared up again. I had a follow-up appointment with my Ortho doc Thursday and we chatted. He gave me two options–the cortisone shot and “dry needling“.

He said that the dry needling is different than acupuncture and can be more painful. He said he’d want me to take a few days off to rest after that but with the cortisone shot, I would be ok to go to work and move around and stuff (I just couldn’t work out for two days).

Since he’s not 100% sure on what my knee issue is because the MRI didn’t really show much, he said the cortisone shot was the best bet for now to see if it would just “reset” my body. Sometimes you need to reset the pain centers and then your body can heal. I had the same issue after my ankle surgery 15+ years ago and ended up getting a cortisone shot in my ankle (it was horribly painful!!!!) and then within a week my pain was gone and I had no more issues. I know some people need to have multiple injections, but I’m hoping I’m a one shot and done person. (Crossing fingers!)

So he thinks that I have fluid and inflammation in that area at the top of my kneecap (see picture above with the arrow). The pain is at the top of the kneecap, where it meets my quad. Stretching doesn’t help. Bending my knee hurts. Stairs hurt. It’s a very odd injury.

He sprayed my leg and knee with this stuff and then gave me the injection. Unlike with my ankle shot, it was one shot and it wasn’t painful at all. Then I went to work. I was stiff and a little sore but I was able to walk and didn’t feel miserable or anything.

It will take 7 days or so to see if the shot did anything. Right now it’s a guessing game. The naturopath doctor I saw suggested I try PRP therapy. I asked my Ortho Doc about it and he’s a HUGE fan. As a sports medicine doctor he thinks it’s a great thing and wishes that HMO’s would try it. It’s still controversial and they aren’t quite sure how or why it works for some people. But he raved about it and said if I could “afford it” (I can’t) I should try it. Time will tell. Right now I’m doing what insurance covers–the cortisone shot and acupuncture each week.

40 Weeks

40weeks

The due date came and went. After a month of contractions and false starts, everything kind of stopped. What was up with that?!? Everything was moving along at a fast pace–he dropped into position kind of early, lost my mucus plug, having contractions, was slowly dilating and effacing…and then for it to all STOP was confusing!

On our due date we went to the doctor for a Non-Stress Test. Basically I just hung out on a bed for about 30 minutes while they monitored the baby’s heart rate with belts attached to my belly. His heart rate was perfect. Then we had an ultrasound. She checked his positioning and then measured the amniotic fluid levels (all good). We saw his heart beat on the ultrasound, he kicked and waved and we even got to see his little lungs practicing breathing! After that we saw a midwife (not our usual one) and she discussed induction. We decided to schedule it, with the hope that he’d decide to come on his own now that we had a date scheduled!

I had the day off from work so I went home, Michael went to work. I did some cleaning and laundry (washed the sheets on the bed because I figured THAT would make him come, right?? Freshly washed sheets = water breaking in the middle of the night, right??), gave Bella a bath, went to the gym and did the elliptical with the hopes of it moving things along. Took a nap…tried not to think about how it was my due date…

The midwife suggested I try acupuncture so I went in on Tuesday the 15th and she did acupuncture for nudging labor along. She did certain pressure points and then attached something similar to TENS to several of the needles–kind of a weird sensation. I had some mild cramping later that evening but no contractions.

Emotionally I was having mixed feelings. I was of course happy and excited to meet our little guy, disappointed he wasn’t here yet, and then also starting to get kind of worried–worried about potentially being induced and having complications or having a higher risk of having to have a c-section…all of those worry thoughts kept creeping in and I tried my best to just live in denial and NOT think about any of it.

Wednesday the 16th I had mild cramping all day that kind of increased, but no real contractions. After work I went in again for a second acupuncture treatment. It was really nice and relaxing and I actually fell asleep this time. Nothing seemed to nudge the baby though.

Thursday we went back to the doctor and other than him being slightly lower, no changes. She did a membrane sweep and said that’s it’s really a 50-50 gamble on whether it does anything at all, but worth a try right? We did another NST and everything was still good and normal.

At this point it’s looking like induction. This kid is stubborn and not ready to come out! I should have known. When we did the ultrasound for his anatomy scan and to find out what we were having he was stubborn even then! He kept his legs crossed the entire time and refused to move so we could see if it was a boy or girl. The tech had me change positions, drink water, pee, everything–trying to get him to move and show us the goods. He waited the entire hour exam until the very end to uncross those legs. STUBBORN! 😉

So no changes, no updates, no baby yet. I’m going to take it easy this weekend.

In other news: my cousin sent me this gorgeous handmade quilt she made for the baby!

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It’s so beautiful and goes perfectly with the nursery! So cute!!

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And Bella is READY to be a big sister. She’s over it and tired of waiting. 🙂

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Me too, Bell. 🙂