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Don't Focus on the Goal...

If you've followed this blog you know that I've struggled for many years with improving my health. I've finally reached a point where I've managed to maintain a small amount of success. Now it's time to take the next step, but I believe it requires a new way of thinking.

Instead of trying to get healthy, why not shift focus toward learning how to build healthy habits instead. Follow me as I try to teach myself how to Engineer healthy habits that will allow me to take my health to the next level. Let's see where this experiment goes!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Day #115 - Desperate Times

Last night was the worst since my knee has been acting up; I might have gotten 3 hours sleep... maybe.  Clearly whatever is wrong with my knee is not healing on it's own so I'm starting to feel like this is a desperate situation.  I'll have to go back to the doctor again, though given my last visit (no idea, let's take some x-rays) I'm not expecting anything more than just to pay more money for more tests; probably an MRI next.

In the meantime I'm trying to explore other possibilities.  I've noticed my lower back is a little sore on that side, maybe it's a nerve thing?  I've stopped keeping my wallet in my back pocket and tonight I'm sleeping in a different bed just in case my bed (which is old and lumpy) might be causing the problem.  Maybe I should see a chiropractor, but I hate going there because I always feel like they are trying to sell me on regular visits.  What do you think, could my knee pain be coming from my back?

Short post tonight so I can go to bed early; I need 10 hours to get 5 hours of sleep these days. 

Stay Strong!


  1. I think it's the other way around, your back is in pain because you compensate for your knee. You might need a shot of cortisone in the knee.

  2. I think you definitely need more tests. And a new bed. But the lumpy bed is unlikely to target your knee.

    I've seen a chiropractor and they definitely want to you come regularly for a while, like two or three times a week forever. So depends what is wrong. My daughter crawled very late and I eventually took her to a chiro, after hearing my story of the very long and difficult birth he manipulated her very very gently a couple of times a week - a couple of weeks later she was crawling and a couple of weeks after that up and walking. Could have been a coincidence, I have no idea.

    One thing that helped me a lot with pain in my shoulder was acupuncture. There is very little regulation (in Australia at least) so make sure you find one with proper qualifications not just anyone who has set themselves up with a few needles. Mine was a medical doctor from China. I don't know if it had lasting effect or not but it certainly helped with temporary pain relief.

    But getting a diagnosis is the most important thing at this point, you want the correct treatment since it is not going away on its own. I have made things worse by resting when I should have exercised joints, and also by exercising when I should have been resting other joints! Better not to guess.

  3. Oh, I've also had cortisone shots, for me they relieved pain for a week or two (I got them so I could have more intensive physio without passing out from the pain) but then wore off.

  4. Hi! You've been doing a lot of strenuous reno work in your home through all of this. Maybe that's been aggravating it? How about giving yourself one full week of nothing strenuous, and see if it helps? Just a thought. I hope it gets better soon.

  5. Sorry to hear your knee is still so troublesome. I think rest must be number one and also further tests.

    Does keeping it strapped up help at all?

    All the best Jan

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  7. I wonder if it has anything to do with your fall through the ceiling?

  8. I wonder if it has anything to do with your fall through the ceiling?

  9. I totally agree with you! You should really consult with a chiropractor, in order for you to know what measures to take and avoid for your pain. As we know, being in pain can really be frustrating, especially if it's already affecting your daily activities. In any way, I hope you feel better soon. Thanks for sharing that! All the best!

    Agnes Lawson @ Pain Relief Experts