After getting potentially devastating news from my doctor, I got a lot of good feedback from Mike, a friend of mine who is a physical therapist. Pretty much, I was told a few different things. I will sum them up here.
1. Get a 2nd opinion. There are some doctors out there that are just out to go for surgery because its for profit. I got a good recommendation.
2. Before you do any injections of gel for the knees, make sure you are at a point where its very uncomfortable. Once you go down the road of altering things, it is when everything about your knees starts to change. Its best to wait as long as possible, especially when it comes to cartilage loss.
3. Don’t lose hope. What one doctor says is not the end of the world. You have to keep your head up and your hopes high.
For as much as I was uplifted after winning my game 5-4 and I played really well in the game, this news really made me feel better. Even though I climbed in my car and read the doctors notes and his recommendations again after I was done. If this is true, and the doctor is trying to make a money grab, I will be really pissed. I know I have knee pain, but I am going to get a second opinion.
The problem is that I am going to be waiting 2-3 weeks for news of this, which means that I am going to probably be worrying about it for that long.
My nice wife has gotten me some Glucosamine Chondroitin which is something that helps joint pain. Don’t know how good it is, but at this point I will be happy to give it a try. $16 a bottle though? Seriously? This thing better help me grow cartilage for that price.