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I Thought I was Getting the Hang of This

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Just when I thought I had fallen in love with the YMCA (and I truly have), my stupid knee decides to hurt to the crying stage AND I get a call from the doctor saying I have low kidney function. Am I disappointed? Yes!! Am I discouraged? No!! If anything I'm more determined than ever to stay focused and stay on my journey to a healthier me.

As many of you know, I have severe arthritis in my knees and need total knee replacement in both of them It is something I have put off for ten years now for personal reasons and not so personal reasons. My husband is on oxygen and I have to take care of him by doing a lot of things for him. Also the recovery and rehab time is so long. But, I'm not sure how much longer I can hold out. I also have arthritis in my neck and back.

The exercise I was doing (stationary bike and arthritis aerobics in the pool) were really helping with the pain and stiffness at first, but I don't know if I overdid it or if the exercise just aggravated a condition that was already there. I now have a big bulge on the back of my knee. I am a self proclaimed queen of Google (I know, that can be a good or bad thing..LOL) But, when I google my symptoms and look at images, I think I may have a Baker's Cyst on the back of my knee. Not a biggy. It can be drained. But, it says that exercise can aggravate it and cause it to get larger. I know whatever it is, it has definitely made the pain to the point of tears!! I dropped doing the stationary bikes as much as I hated to, but was going to stay with the arthritis classes in the pool. They are held 3 times a week at the YMCA and I LOVE them!! But, after yesterdays class, I'm not sure. I literally came home crying. So something has to give!

Right now, my kidney function is my main concern. The doctor took me off two of my medications. One was a diabetic pill so I'm only on one now and I'm happy about that. She said my diabetes was under control and she felt I really don't need it right now anyway. However, the other is my anti-inflammatory pill I take for my knees. So now they hurt even more. But, both drugs are known for affecting the kidneys. I have to go back next week to have a recheck on my kidney function. Praying for some improvement. I've also doubled up on drinking my water so I hope that helps the kidneys and the weight loss. My weight loss has been so slow. I've been very strict with the low carb diet, but the weight is just not coming off like it usually does. I'm thinking maybe I'm not eating enough. I don't know!!

I'm going to try to keep doing the arthritis pool classes 3 times a week until next week when I see the doctor again. I plan to discuss with her what kind of exercise I can do and which I shouldn't do. Exercise has really become a habit to me now that I've found something I love to do and I miss not going. I'm also going to talk to her about my low carb diet. I don't know if that is also something that could be messing with my kidneys.

I always stay so confused about being a diabetic and what to eat. I've never been to a nutritionist. I think I may ask to see if she will send me to one when I go next week for my dr appointment. But, some doctors want you to do no carb, some low carb high fat, some low carb low fat, and some want you to follow the American Diabetes Guidelines. I don't know what to do, but I'm determined to find out.

I'm looking at this as just a stumble in the road and I'll get up and dust myself off and get going again one way or another. Its just so frustrating that I finally make this decision and have the dedication and motivation to do something healthy for myself and all this comes up. But, NOT GIVING UP!!!

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    It certainly is a learning process and what I found with my diabetes and SP was the doctors are making their best GUESS. We are all different with how we process foods which I learned on the spark diabetes discussion. There are basics, like getting enough fiber and protein and limiting carbs. Healthy fats are good. But what time of day and how much is not as much a science as they say. If you are controling things now then hurray. The cyst - get it drained! One less problem to deal with. I love the pool for walking and straight leg exercises should not be too hard on the cyst, like when you are "cross country skiing" or "walking" in the water. You are doing great. Love your attitude.
    1986 days ago
    I agree that second and possibly 3rd opinions are always a good idea.

    I hope you find what is hurting, and that you can soon get back to doing what you need to do!
    1986 days ago
    To the extent it's possible, getting as many different opinions as you can is a good idea... as well as experimenting and seeing what works and what doesn't. Our bodies are not all the same, and what works for someone else may not necessarily be the best course of treatment for you.

    I am by no means a doctor, but some of the things you've said above (diabetic, impaired kidney function, low-carb diet) raise the possibility that your knee pain could be gout - although gout usually shows up in the toes, it can present in other joints as well. If your kidneys aren't functioning as well as they could, it causes a buildup of uric acid in the blood, and uric crystals end up forming in your joints - and it's quite painful. My husband's grandfather has it and it flares up every now and again, and when it does, it's VERY intense.

    I know it's frustrating to not get the right answers right away, and that it's time consuming to try different things and get different opinions, but you are doing a great job of persevering. Keep up your positive, can-do attitude, and you're going to lick this!!


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    Comment edited on: 2/24/2016 10:31:51 AM
    I second the vote for a registered nutritionist. I also think it is a great idea to check w/ your Dr about what exercises are best for you- you may actually need to consult a physical therapist about this, as nowadays everybody is so specialized they can't stay up to date on what is best to recommend. Maybe sticking with chair and pool exercises that take the weight bearing off your knees are best for now. I would avoid the bike, elliptical and any other workout that allows repetitive weight bearing on your knees until you can check with a medical professional. (And do look into the home health care visiting nurses program- if you don't take care of you and preserve your mobility, who will be there to take care of your DH? ) emoticon emoticon
    1986 days ago
    Sorry to hear about your knee pain and everything else going on. I can read in your blog that you are still as determined as ever. All you can do is keep moving forward and focus on whatever you CAN do at any given time. You know I can really relate to you with this kind of thing, even if it's not the same type of stuff, and it's tough! Keep working on what you can work on and you will steadily make progress!

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    1986 days ago
    When you have surgery, can you DH get vising nurses to come help with his needs temporarily?

    Will your health insurance allow you to see a Registered Dietitian? I think it is usually covered for people with diabetes. I would call your doctor's office about it, not wait a week to ask. (Also ask about your knee.) With your diabetes and kidney function it would be good to get professional advice.

    If the classes at the Y are making your knee pain worse, and exercise can make the Baker's cyst bigger and worse (if that's what you have), I would suggest NOT going to the classes, but instead, if they have open time at the pool, just walk in the water. It is still good exercise. If that bothers the knee, go to walking on land for now. If the knee still hurts worse after doing that, rest it until you get medical help.
    emoticon I wish you well.

    1986 days ago
    I have been on a few diabetic diets for hypoglycemia but the one that worked best for me was lower carb. I know if you have renal problems you may have to cut back on protein and eat more fats on the diet. I hope they can address both of your problems without making too many changes as you have been leading a healthy lifestyle.
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    Praying for you! I hope your kidney functions return to normal and you're able to keep getting better. Any chance you can get a home health nurse to help you and your husband if you had the knee replacement surgery?
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