Thanks everyone for your support. And to everyone who commented yesterday. I read them all but thought I would respond here.
I know it's not like I got a cancer diagnosis or anything. Believe me, I know there are WAY WORSE things I could have been told by my doctor. But my appointment yesterday was shocking. I am someone who believes if you have the motivation and dedication, you can achieve anything, so it's hard to hear that my body is failing me in some ways.
I'm reading and learning as much as I can about the two different injections my doctor suggested. Thank you to those of you who commented and said you have gotten the Synvisc One (chicken shot!) and that it brought you relief. I started a list of things to ask my doctor about the Synvisc and the PRP. I definitely am leaning toward first trying the one that is covered by my insurance. I mean, I suppose if I was rich and had tons of money I would just go right for the PRP but that is not the reality. Especially if it is something I would need 2-3 times a year.
The thing that concerns me though are the claims about PRP that it REPAIRS cartilage. I don't know if that is true. But if it is true, maybe that is a reason to spend the money and go for the PRP? I am unsure. Definitely have to consult my doc.
And definitely have to wait to see what the MRI says. What is weird to me is that fact that when I started walking is when my knee seemed to take 5 steps back. It doesn't seem to make sense. I did think I was managing it pretty well... but then I started walking and my knee started to feel really weak and it started to hurt under my kneecap. That is so confusing to me,
It sort of brings tears to my eyes and it may sound very dramatic, but even if I can never workout again (WHICH IS NOT THE CASE, DON'T WORRY, I KNOW THAT THIS IS NOT THE CASE), I have accomplished a lot. It's just my nature to be dramatic and know that if my fitness journey ends tomorrow (which I know that is not the case), but if it did, I did a lot and I wouldn't regret anything.
So that's just a little bit more of my thoughts. I get my MRI tonight and tomorrow I leave for vacation. The doctor's office is going to call me with any MRI results, etc. I am glad I am going on vacation and can forget about all this for now. Hopefully it will take my mind of things.
But obviously I did research OA of the knee and one thing every source I have found says is that the best thing to do is STAY ACTIVE! This is a good thing! It says to stay active and do strengthening exercises! I just need to learn what exactly is GOOD for me to do and what is BAD for me to do.
I want to be active forever. I don't want to live if I can't be active. Sorry, but it's the truth. Can't wait to learn more about what I can do to keep me moving FOREVER. Or at least until I'm like, 90.
This is another bare bones post. No editing, etc. I don't feel like it!