I let myself get talked into doing something dumb!

I let myself get talked into doing something dumb!

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    I let myself get talked into doing something dumb!

    You all know I bent my knees backwards while in the Navy in 1992. Many operations later, and a lot of surgical steel in the form of pins, plates and screws, I can walk but I still have some problems. So for cardio I ride a bike, a lot.

    The gym where I work out is also frequented by several Shelby County Sheriffs Deputies who work out at the same time I do and we have become friends. They know I used to be a Police Officer and have tried to get me to at least join the Shelby County Reserve Deputies, which I am considering.

    A few of them run every night, about a mile and a half and they always try to get me to run with them. But I have always resisted because of my knee. But as I want to join the Reserves, I have been wondering how my knee would hold up to some running that I am sure I would have to do in training not to mention on the job. So I went running with them Friday night.

    The upside is, I'm 40 and I out ran the 31 year old deputy, who is the youngest in the group. I also out ran the 44 and 48 year old guys, no big deal there. But, right after the run, I could tell my knee was not happy, and this whole weekend, I have been nursing a swelled knee and taking Motrin like PEZ. No bike ride like I was planning on.

    So, running is still not a good thing for me. I had hoped I would be able to do it. I had not run since losing the 160 pounds and I have read that for every pound lost, you reduce the load on your knees by 4 pounds. So for me that means my knees have a reduced load when walking or running of 640 pounds! But, I guess the knees still aren't up to it.

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    You might try taking some Glucosamine. It has really helped my knees. I have two operations on my right knee and it has really made them both feel normal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    You might try taking some Glucosamine. It has really helped my knees. I have two operations on my right knee and it has really made them both feel normal.
    +1 on the Glucosamine, in my younger years as a carpenter I did a lot of damage to my knees, Glucosamine really helps.
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    Here is a big +2 (two of us reading) to the glucosamine suggestion. You might try a glucosamine/chrondroitin combo. I used to have awful problems with my hands swelling up and causing me issues, no problems now. My GF has bad knees, already had surgery, planning another, and she takes it daily. Makes a big difference for her.
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    You might try taking some Glucosamine

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    Ask your Doctor about Celebrex. It is the only way I can keep my knee from swelling up and not being able to move. My knees bends backwords "naturally"....not a good problem, so they are all tore up inside...one is bone on bone and needing a replacement.
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    + 3 also..... on the Glucosamine .... makes a big difference.

    I used to run long distance, played a lot of tennis, football, & baseball. Shoes weren't as good then. Then throw in the arthritis... well.... they cannot figure out how I'm even walking (not joking) and say that I should not be able to. However, I have no problems doing it. Dr's aren't always right.

    BUT>.... I really recommend some good shock absorbing shoes ..... if you are going to do this, and consider a knee brace to take some of the pressure off.

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    Bummer about the knee, but at least you gave them what-for! I might have to try some of this glucosamine stuff, a lot of people swear by it...

    Here's to a quick recovery and getting back on the bike.
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    Another thing to consider is a good pair of running shoes.I started running a couple years ago. When I first started, my knees would hurt afterwards. I picked up a good pair of running shoes and it made a ton of difference.
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    The shoes I wear to work out in a good ones. Reebok running shoes, pretty new. So I think I was OK thee.

    I am going to try this glucosamine though. What the heck, it's worth a try.

    The one thing I wonder about it though, the name would suggest to me that it has Glucose in it. Glucose is the sugar in blood that gives folks with diabetes, like me so much trouble. So, this stuff won't elevate my blood sugar will it?
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    Next time don't run so far. Start at a shorter distance and build up. You took your damaged, repaired knee and ran 1.5 miles. From your knees point of view you might as well have run a marathon. Start on a bike to loosen everything up, run (slowly build up the distance), then cool down on the bike. Ice up the knee after every run.
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    You ran too far for starting out again. How much IB are you taking? The label is probably going to say 400mg. I start with 800mg on a mild day. At age 19 I was misdiagnosed with osteoarthritis. Now I walk on two pieces of plastic that make things incredibly better.

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    The one thing I wonder about it though, the name would suggest to me that it has Glucose in it. Glucose is the sugar in blood that gives folks with diabetes, like me so much trouble. So, this stuff won't elevate my blood sugar will it?
    There is some evidence suggesting that glucosamine, in doses used to treat osteoarthritis, may worsen blood sugar, insulin, and/or hemoglobin A1c (a test that measures how well blood sugar has been controlled during the previous three months) levels in people with diabetes or insulin resistance.
    I'd think about taking Glucosamine but I'm imagining that it's expensive and probably really hard to find a Kosher version of it since it comes from shellfish.
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    IMHO with your knee history you probably shouldn't run for general exercise. Though it sure sounded like you did very well with your stamina. I'd say you need to stick with the non-weight bearing bike and keep that pressure and impact off your knees.

    So to recover from your recent run, I'd try rest, elevation, ice, and a NSAID (Aleve is OTC Naprosyn in low dose form)
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