finally sucked it up and went to the doctor this past Thursday. after a LOT of badgering and harassing by friends. I am glad I went. kind of .
I saw a new doctor as well as her resident. I "knew" them from my old job at the hospital, but didn't know them personally. I was very happy with the care I received.
Anyway, they gave me a preliminary diagnosis of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome, which is also known as Runner's Knee. fun, eh? what this means...
- no running until my recheck, but at least 6 weeks minimum.
- no high heels (not that I wear them that often, but need to this week...of course)
- PT consult on Dec 3rd (chose to go to the PT attached to the hospital I used to work at, so at least I know who is treating me, always nice to see friends)
- ice/naproxen regularly. even if I'm not in pain, which the times that I have no pain are far less than the times I am in pain.
- recheck with the Dr. on Dec 13th.
- if I am still in pain, no changes...then I'll be scheduled for an MRI
as for how I feel, physically. it hurts like hell. starting on Sunday/Monday I've been in almost constant pain. Thursday and Friday were pure misery. I'd have my pain at a 5-6/10 on the pain scale. I took ibuprofen, that didn't work I took naproxen, that didn't work. Though thankfully, starting to help a little.
I cannot walk around a lot. I can't drive long distances. I dug out my crutches as a "just in case" thing. had to use them a little today, if that gives any indication as to how much it hurts.
it shall be a long 4-6 weeks...