Spent yesterday hobbling around in a great deal of pain, both muscle and something deeper. Right hip hurts like a mofo...but that's muscle and it's because I'm using a muscle group I don't normally give that much attention to. Plus, with the limping, it's the side I was putting the most strain on. Left knee felt weak and wobbly, but not painful. Right knee...the one that didn't get the surgery was mighty painful. It's crunchy. Always now.
So, I told the two Pt's I worked with today about the pain I felt in my right knee doing one exercise. They agreed that if it hurts that much, we shouldn't do it until I've built up stronger support muscles.
Rules from today:
1. Do the same exercise for both knees. If the right knee can only do 1 to each rep and the left can do 10, then that's fine. I know the difference between muscle strain and 'oh this is -not- good!" and will avoid the latter.
2. When I'm done with PT in a couple of week, then I will call and talk to the doctor. This will allow him to see what good PT is doing for my knees and then decide a course of action.
3. I have new exercises today (up on tip toes, leg lift from sitting position (can't do my right knee yet), marching step while sitting (leg up and down from the hip) and three new stretches (laying and pulling the knee bent, crossing one leg over the other and pulling both legs to my chest, pulling one bent knee to the opposite shoulder). I will not be doing the leg lift with support from a reclining position any longer at home unless I get the appropriate wedge pillow (this is the one that gave me the worst deep wtf pain). The two exercises I will keep from Monday are the hamstring stretch and the leg lifts while reclined.
So, I have these two PTs doing all they can to come up with ways to put off the eventual replacement of the knee. Sue (who I worked with before) did a lot to ease my mind about the realities of what's in store. Deb was very concerned that they make sure that they do as much as they can to strengthen the muscles to relieve the pain from the arthritis that's etching away the bone it's grinding against.
My goal is to not have to seriously entertain knee replacement until I'm older than my dad when he had his done. That gives me 14 years. I can do this. No replacing anything until it's so fallen apart that it stops working.