One of my primary motivations for losing weight and getting healthy is to reduce the pain. The biggest pain that I have to deal with at this time is in my knees. Toward the end of 2016, I started going to an Orthopedic Specialist to find out why I was having so much pain in my knees. X-Ray’s showed that my legs are bowed outward and the cartilage is mostly non-existent in the inner area of my knees. However, the outsides of my knees have plenty of cushion between the bones. I have to spend a lot of time walking and standing in my job. I don’t really have a problem with walking, but standing in one place for more than 5 minutes causes my knees to lock up and hurt when I start walking again. Usually the only way to get relief after one of my 30 minute stand up meetings is to sit down and rest. Most days I have to take some type of over the counter pain reducer to make it through the work day. The specialist told me that I need to have both knees replaced. He also informed me that I am too young to have this work done. As a temporary counter-measure, I tried gel and cortisone injections in both knees. In my case neither of these seemed to provide much relief for any extended period of time. I have also taken Glucosamine for several years.
I decided that I have to do everything that I can do to reduce the pain and discomfort, which means that I have to focus on the following objectives:
- Lose 70 Lbs. – 80 Lbs. to minimize the stress on my knees
- Re-build Muscle in my legs through:
- Physical Therapy
- Working out at the YMCA
- Riding my Bike
- Eat Healthy
I’ve been told that there is a good chance that I can experience both relief from pain and increased mobility if I focus on these objectives. So I’m going to focus on achieving these objectives and looking forward to the benefits.