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Merrily we roll along, roll along, roll along.......

Lorelei

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Do you remember that song from childhood?  I'm probably dating myself, but "Merrily We Roll Along" was one of those nursery rhyme, sing-songy little ditties that my mother and I sang during a long walk to pass the time or during a long car ride.  Sometimes, that song is stuck on a loop in my head.  I'm not sure why.  It happens at the oddest time:  When I'm limping along down a long hallway at school.  Seriously?!  My knee journey has been such a NOT merry sort of ride.  Understand that I realize I'm healthy.  I can walk.  My pain isn't from illness.  I'm grateful for all those things and more. However, I can't run (STRESS RELIEVER!).  The pain wakes me throughout the night (I"M TIRED!).  Limping around all day is exhausting, makes me feel clumsy, inspires crabbiness, and makes me feel a little hopeless that it'll get better.  This all started two weeks after my mother died in January too.  Insult to injury, anyone?  I just want to heal.  Everywhere.

This time (because this is a recurring little thing for me.....just about annually with a few months each year wasted to pain and anti-activity), so this time, I decided that enough was f$%&*!g enough.   Here's my usual:  Pain begins after a tweek while running or after wearing sky-high heels (all of which I've now thrown away, btw); I fight it out, stretch, and ice; I bite the bullet and call the doctor;  and two weeks of increasing pain later I see the doctor; I pay for imaging tests and get a cortisone shot sometimes; every few years I go to PT; pain subsides and rebuilding of muscle and running stamina begin.  Again.  9 months later, repeat.  Sometimes the limping causes psoas problems or low back pain.  It's a huge inter-connected network of one injury leading to another.  Aarrgghh!!!!

Well.  This time  after the cortisone shot didn't work for the first time ever, I said, "No more!"  I went to my awesome massage therapist.  She spent one entire hour on my right leg, making appalled and sympathetic sounds over how tight my quads and hamstrings and calve muscles were.  After that, I was pain-free for three wonderful days.  Then the pain and stiffness all came back.  I went back to the doctor and told him his cortisone shot was a massive fail for me this time.  He suggested I try synvisc shots.  What they do is help the area surrounding the knee to create more lubricant cells around the knee.  I read that the active ingredient comes from rooster combs!  Anyway, I went with it.  Sadly, the synvisc takes up to a month to work once the shot is done.  I am six days in and will keep you posted...... I'm sure you are all waiting with baited breath......:)

Another new things for me that I decided to try is acupuncture.  I went for my first appointment today.  First of all, I am just fascinated with this form of medicine.  The acupuncturist took her time to explain the ideas behind the practice.  She asked me a million questions about my health.  She was fascinated and excited to see that I have a rather large old scar above and just off center from my bad knee.  She explained that not only did the damage of the fascia quite possibly have something to do with my current, chronic knee issues, but that the area of the scar is also perfectly in line with a major meridian of energy that is now quite possibly blocked.  Isn't that interesting?

I was a little nervous about the needles, but it was fine.  After they were inserted around both knees and feet, she also placed one on my forehead, at the top of my head, and at sinus points (to help with my allergies and sinus problems while I was there).  She hooked up two knee needles to a little machine that used electrical stimulation to aid healing in that area.  Then she left the room.  I wouldn't say that I was skeptical, but I was just giving this a shot without devoting too much at the time.  However, while I lay there, I became so relaxed that I felt medicated.  In a good way.  After 30 minutes, she removed the needles, and I went about my day.  I feel a little more sore than usual today, as the acupuncturist said I would, but a relaxed feeling is still with me (even now as my son continues to slam an indoor basketball through the hoop on his bedroom door, creating a jarring noise each time......).  I go back in two days and then three times next week.  After about four visits, my knee should start to really feel better, and after twelve, I'm hoping to go into maintenance in order to be and remain pain-free.  I'm excited to track this and see how it goes.  Sadly, my insurance doesn't cover this, so it's an investment.  I'm willing to try it though.  Feeling cautiously optimistic about my chances to heal and hoping to be running and practicing yoga more comfortably soon!

 


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I've been thinking about trying acupuncture for a shoulder injury that acts up every once in a while. Let me know how it goes - I've heard such good things just can't seem to find the time to make an appointment. Funny how that works, eh?

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I totally know what you mean about the timing.  It's an investment in more ways than one.  I will post progress on my blog.  Also, we can discuss it on the beach. :) 

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Acupuncture is interesting. At my urologist they use acupuncture needles and a tens (spelling?) unit on patients with bladder issues. I can't wait to hear how it turns out for you, but I'll have to hear about it here and not the beach, lol. 

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I did acupuncture for joint pain when I was dealing with Lyme. It really helped!!! But they wanted me to buy a bunch of Chinese herbs and I thought acupuncture was just the needles and they explained it was just a component of it. I didn't want to spend any more money so I didn't do the herbs but did needles themselves did help for a little bit.

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Interesting! That is actually convenient if the acupuncturist is also a TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) herbalist. But given your GAPS diet, Candace, it makes sense to skip to not mess with that. I would also want to make sure the raw herbal ingredients aren't made in China (Taiwan OK) since there are so many stories of filler non-food additives. 

Before bone broth was popular, we made chinese herbal soup with bones or bone scraps. But that is tastier than some herbal stews. I think the principles are similar to ayuverda, but balancing between yin and yang by having cooling or warming soups.

I want to do acupuncture but all my pain is on my backside of my neck and back, and I get super ticklish and am afraid I will jump while they're putting in needles. I can do only strong pressured massages, or I get "chills" and jump.  Does anyone else get ticklish but surived acupuncture just fine?

And lastly, wow, Lorelei, I hope this helps you long-term. Pain can also have stress related roots, so that is lovely to hear how you feel mentally different, too! I just got my first cortisone shot on the top of my foot. I got a cortisone flare reaction, so the first 24 hours had so much intense throbbing that I had to almost crawl to get around. I can't believe you braved so many already!

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17 hours ago, YogaByCandace said:

I did acupuncture for joint pain when I was dealing with Lyme. It really helped!!! But they wanted me to buy a bunch of Chinese herbs and I thought acupuncture was just the needles and they explained it was just a component of it. I didn't want to spend any more money so I didn't do the herbs but did needles themselves did help for a little bit.

Hi Candace!  It seems that the supplements recommended for me are minimal (and some of the things I should be taking anyway).  The acupuncturist (I wish there was a shorter word to type for that!!) asked me to not begin supplements until we complete three sessions, so that we can see if the acupuncture alone is doing its job.  Just finished sesh two today!  No pain in knee.  However, it's important for me to note that the weather is drier and sunnier today, and I've been doing extra yoga too.

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1 hour ago, yogafire said:

Interesting! That is actually convenient if the acupuncturist is also a TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) herbalist. But given your GAPS diet, Candace, it makes sense to skip to not mess with that. I would also want to make sure the raw herbal ingredients aren't made in China (Taiwan OK) since there are so many stories of filler non-food additives. 

Before bone broth was popular, we made chinese herbal soup with bones or bone scraps. But that is tastier than some herbal stews. I think the principles are similar to ayuverda, but balancing between yin and yang by having cooling or warming soups.

I want to do acupuncture but all my pain is on my backside of my neck and back, and I get super ticklish and am afraid I will jump while they're putting in needles. I can do only strong pressured massages, or I get "chills" and jump.  Does anyone else get ticklish but surived acupuncture just fine?

And lastly, wow, Lorelei, I hope this helps you long-term. Pain can also have stress related roots, so that is lovely to hear how you feel mentally different, too! I just got my first cortisone shot on the top of my foot. I got a cortisone flare reaction, so the first 24 hours had so much intense throbbing that I had to almost crawl to get around. I can't believe you braved so many already!

Yogafire, I hope the cortisone shot works.  It seems that the top of a foot would be a very painful spot for that!

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On 3/26/2016 at 11:51 AM, Lorelei said:

Hi Candace!  It seems that the supplements recommended for me are minimal (and some of the things I should be taking anyway).  The acupuncturist (I wish there was a shorter word to type for that!!) asked me to not begin supplements until we complete three sessions, so that we can see if the acupuncture alone is doing its job.  Just finished sesh two today!  No pain in knee.  However, it's important for me to note that the weather is drier and sunnier today, and I've been doing extra yoga too.

That's smart to try to isolate changes to see which is more effective. However, you mentioned you also got synvisc shots. Any way to tell if that kicks in after a month if it's the shot or the acupuncture that's helping? I guess if both, good to start now instead of waiting another month in pain!

And thanks for wishing me luck with the cortisone shot. It only hurts if direct pressure is on the top joint (like in hero's or child's pose), but it was still there after resting for 4 months, so I went ahead with it. So, it's a lot more temporary than knee pain!

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