and then you keep walking and that was that. So that's what happened, but then 4-5 mins later, it happened again. And then again, and then about every 30 seconds. Since we were almost home, i just kept going and that was it.
The next day, my leg felt wonky. You know, like wobbly, unstable, with nothing supporting the outside of the knee. But this was not a pain like and IT Band. I know IT Band pains, trust me on that one, so I knew this needed a doctor. Monday morning I got in to see a doctor, and he said he feared a torn meniscus. He scheduled me for an MRI to confirm his fear.
Needless to say that a torn meniscus means surgery. Which to me feels so stupid because i wasn't doing anything but run on a perfectly flat surface at my normal mellow pace.
That same afternoon I went and saw a second doctor to get another opinion without telling him about Doc #1 or the morning MRI. His diagnosis was the same... 90% sure it was a meniscus tear, probably something that's been dormant since my soccer playing days 6 years and and backwards.
I told a nice little lie to the MRI clinic telling them my results were urgent to ensure that they sent Doc #1 my results withing 24 hours, instead of 48-72.
There is a 2mm bone irregularity on the femur down by the trochlear groove. Essentially where the FEMUR and the Patella meet up. However, they are not sure if that has anything to do with my pain, as it may just be something that has been there forever.
Both my Meniscus and IT band are in perfect condition (with no tendinitis of the IT), which adds to the weirdness of the results, since the tests both docs performed pointed towards a Meniscus tear. (this is probably a good thing)
The ACL is swollen. While I definitely have not torn any part of my ACL, there is swelling which points towards a possible sprain or stretch of the ACL. Both of these two ACL possibilities take a long time to heal, because ligaments "just suck in recovering" <=my doctoral terminology.
Per doctor instructions I waited 2 weeks to run, and went for a fun 5km (3 mile) run on a golf course for a fundraiser. Leg felt fine. The next day, I went out with Karma for another run and within 0.3 miles, the knee felt unstable as ever, so i walked back to the car much to Karma's chagrin.
Now it's been almost 4 weeks and I'm scared to go run because I've read on the interwebs that many of these issues take 5-10 weeks to heal and I don't want to set myself back more then necessary. Maybe Saturday will be a good day to test it out. At least a hike with Karma is in order.
I also lied to the clinic and told them a friend of the family is a doctor and wanted to review the MRI results, so they gave me a DVD and I made this little video out of all the photos in it. It's probably highly boring to you, but i'm fascinated at looking at my own body.