When life gives you lemons, make lemonade

Monday, August 01, 2011 • McLean, VA 22102

For the past 3 weeks or so, I had been having this pain in my knee and after an MRI (and a trip to the beach, when for the first time ever I was unable to run on sand due to pain) the doctor diagnosed it as Chondromalacia Patella in my left knee. Also known as Patellofemoral Syndrome, happens when there is a breakdown of the cartilage that lines the underside of the kneecap (patella) causing the kneecap to become misaligned, which is when pain is felt. Some of the symptoms are excessive running (check.) and flat feet (check). Although, I still feel pain on occasion, thankfully, it has lessened. Two weeks ago, the pain I would feel would bring me to tears. It would happen when I would run, walk downstairs and/or bend my left knee more than 90 degrees. No wonder doctor said, no more squats or lunges. Yet after the daily use of NSAIDs and changing up my routine, I feel it has gotten better and I start physical therapy this week.


The whole process has been very difficult as you have to deal with your mind and your body, but the body much like anything else suffers from overuse. You have to “listen to your body” as my boyfriend, Jason always tells me. To me, those words triggered this idea of “laziness”. My response would be, “Rest? I will rest when I sleep“ I need to listen to my head, and I can totally continue to run with a little “pain”. All runners and athletes can be pushed to their limit. The love of the sport takes over listening to your body. Now at age 37, I realize that my body does in fact need to be listened to if I want to continue to workout. I must rest when I feel pain and if I don’t, chances are I will most definitely worsen the condition and this might stop me from running or doing any cardio for the rest of my life (thanks for the daily reminders Mom.), which is definitely far worse. So I rather slow it down and modify my routine. Now I am on the spin bike, walking and swimming. I can’t say I don’t miss running, but as the saying goes, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”


FYI- There is a difference with pain and just been sore- pay attention. Pain is sharp, soreness relates to a general area when this is felt. With being sore, usually there is not one spot you can point to and say, “Here it is.” Real pain is much different and you can usually pinpoint an exact location.


For More information on Chondromalacia

http://www.medicinenet.com/patellofemoral_syndrome/article.htm http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001488/


One of my favorite articles! It’s useful for any life situation.



I hope you found this helpful☺ Thanks so much everyone and makes sure you listen to your body!