Rehab

I need to be done with knee rehab like, yesterday. This taking it slow bidness is getting real old, real fast. I feel so fragile, and that's just not my style. I'm only a delicate little flower wuss when there's a spider in the vicinity.

So here's a tip, y'all. Ready? It's legit. Okay. Don't tear your ACL and/or menisci. Especially try not to do it twice. Recovery is a bitch and I feel weak as hell. It's been over four months since surgery and I'm still easing back into working out and I'm damn sure nowhere near where I was before surgery. At six months, aka May 7, I'll be released to start doing everything, including running longer distances and plyometrics.

But do you want to know something? My knee hurts. I don't know if it's from overexertion or if it's normal pain from building muscle back up. When I run a slow mile on the treadmill, it hurts. When I walk at an incline, it hurts. If I do a lot of walking in heels, it hurts. It always hurts. Aren't I doing everything right this time? Ya know, like listening to the doc and, I dunno, not running a half marathon 3 months post-op? So what the deuce is the issue, why does it hurt so much?


My left quad (the leg with the scar - I should have requested a lightning bolt) is a pwecious wittle attempt at muscle, while my right quad is normal-ish. Snot like I want to be quadzilla or anything, but building that muscle back is integral to full knee recovery. Or so the experts tell me. So I'm working on it.

Color me frustrated, impatient and broke from spending all my money on surgery and Captain America tank tops.

Comments

  1. Oh man, hope the residual pain is just from you building it back up (as you said) but just listen to those docs and in the meantime keep on buying those nerdy tanks (I need that Cap one!). I know it's hard to not go balls to the wall with the exercise, but just listen to yo bod!

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    1. Thanks! My retail therapy is all about nerdy fitness gear.

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  2. Sister, I hear ya - I'm rehabbing a bulging disc, and I'm 2 months into an eight month process. It SUCKS. Don't push it, because well...surgery 3 times would REALLY suck. Good luck! Do your PT!!!

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    1. You're right, you're right. Chin up, buttercup!

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  3. I'm 6 months post ACL reconstruction too and I FEEEEEEELS your pain! It's not as bad as at 4 months as I'm not feeling as fragile, but I'm still not 100% either. Maybe I need a Captain America tank top.

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    1. It's such a long, lame, boring process. Glad it's getting better for ya! And yeah, you should prob get a Cap tank top. Doctor's orders.

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  4. I'm just going take your advice and not jack my knee up because that sounds rather...unpleasant.

    New to this whole fitness thing, but would swimming be helpful to rebuilding muscle and range of motion without the pain?

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    1. It probably would, but I just love running!

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