I visited the orthopedist again on Tuesday to asses my other knee. They took a slew of x-rays which will no doubt get me started on this year’s insurance deductible. I’m happy to say the right knee is in considerably better shape than the left (the one I hurt in the fall). It’s not perfect though, which led to a lot of questions about why my knees are so messed up in the first place.
The doctor and I looked at the x-rays together. He pointed out the differences between my bad knee and the better one (since I really don’t have “good” knees). My left kneecap has a nasty looking bone spur growing out of it as does the right, but the right is not partially dislocated like the left. However, there are issues with patellar maltracking on the right. The doctor said he wouldn’t recommend surgery now, but said I can’t ignore the problem on the right and may need surgery eventually. Basically, I have to be aware of my physical limitations and work within them.
The thing that really sucks about this whole thing is my bones aren’t screwed up because I’m fat. It would be so easy to blame it on the weight and attempt to lose the weight in order to prevent further damage. But no, this is just the way I grew. The doctor said the deformities probably started some 25 years ago in adolescence and we had no idea.
I talked to my dad last night about this and he reminded me of a couple bone issues I had when I was young. When I was a infant, the pediatrician said my hips weren’t developing correctly and my mother had to put me in two diapers for awhile to help correct the problem. I don’t exactly remember this, but I do remember my father telling me the story shortly after Autumn was born. I also had issues with being pigeon toed when I was a kid. I remember that well because I was told I had to stay off my bicycle for a full year.
So it would seem I’ve been a mess from the waist down since birth. It’s all kind of fitting together now, like some unfortunate physiological puzzle. From here, I will be visiting the orthopedist on a regular basis for steroid injections to ease some of the pain I’m still feeling. Hopefully it will help.
I still have a lot of questions about this, like are these bone problems precursors to osteoporosis and can I screen Autumn for these problems so she won’t be in the same place I am some day?