I was looking at my planner today and realized it has been 5 months since I first injured my knee. I’ve had a lot of ups and downs since then.
Initially after my lidocaine injection, I was feeling very optimistic to have pinpointed the specific problem. I felt like getting a cortisone injection was the right next step for me and honestly thought by my follow-up on February 9th that I could very well be back to my old self.
Fast-forward to now, 3 weeks later, and my knee is right back to where it has been over the past 5 months. I felt really good for the first 2 weeks but things have gone downhill in the past 6 days or so. It was a beautiful day outside today and I decided to go on a 20-minute walk, and I immediately felt like I had overdone it when I got back inside.
This is completely devastating to me. At this time last year, I was routinely vigorously riding my mountain bike for 90+ minutes with no issues. Being outside and getting physical activity is a huge stress reliever. It makes me happy, and it is honestly killing me that I have been unable to do the things I love for almost 1/2 of a year.
Dealing with this knee injury is the biggest mindf*** I have ever experienced. Every time I have been told to do something, I have done so100%. When my knee feels good for a day or two, I start to think that I’m finally on the upswing. Then I wake up the next morning and realize things really aren’t improving. It’s so frustrating.
I commend anyone who has rehabbed some sort of injury because this is starting to be completely emotionally exhausting to me.