I visited an orthopedist today to see what he thought about my knees. They've been bothering me somewhat more, lately. I get more knock-kneed all the time, and there's a point at which knock-knees can get so bad as to make knee replacement surgery difficult. This was really the main reason I wanted a doctor's opinion, since it has been two years since I've had x-rays.
I do have pain, but it isn't crippling or unbearable pain. My knees don't hurt me during the night, or disturb my sleep.
X-rays were taken. Doctor said I have a long way to go before I'm so knock-kneed that it would be a concern.
I mentioned to him that I take a half-hour walk every day, and he advised that I stop doing that; it's just causing more wear and tear on the joints, which in some places are bone on bone.
Then Cliff began telling him how he and I have walked together since his open heart surgery and have lost significant weight.
After hearing that, the doctor changed his mind about walking.
He said that after looking at the "big picture," the walking does the two of us, together, more good than harm. Yes, my knees will give out sooner. But who knows when, or how much sooner?
He said I am one of those people who would be a candidate, when the time comes, for partial knee replacement (click HERE). I told him I'd heard that if you have that, it would mess up the chance of having total replacement, if it should become necessary later. He said that is totally untrue.
So there you have it. As long as the pain isn't too bad, I can keep right on doing whatever I've been doing.
About my other journal on blogspot: I will probably do about half my entries there, and half here. We'll see how it works out.