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Sunday Weigh in May 23, 2021

Good morning.  How is everyone this morning?  I hope you've had a great week.  It's a beautiful morning but it's going to get very hot (upper 90's) for the next few days, so I'm sure we'll mostly stay inside - or at least, I will - because it gets too hot to work in my wood working shop.

It's been a busy week, but has slowed down now.  I started off by mowing the lawn.  Ugghhh - that was a chore because I hadn't done it for a while.  The grass isn't growing much, but the weeds make up for it.

I'm still trying to cut back on my food and keep telling myself I need to get busy and exercise, but when it's so hot outside, I don't even like to go out, let alone exercise while I'm there.

Anyway, I haven't weighed today, but earlier in the week, my scale said I was down by another 3 lbs, but the next day, I was back up by 2, so I guess there was a lot of fluid being shuffled around, which is pretty normal for me. So - since I was down by 3 and up by 2, I'll take a pound loss for the week and work at it a little harder this week.  

I have to work in my shop this week - our woodworking group is having a contest for our next meeting and I'm working on a plant stand to enter.  I'll have to keep working at it or I won't get it finished.

So - how's your week been?  Were you able to meet the goal(s) you set for yourself?  

~~Wishing everyone a wonderful, successful week~~

**Stay safe and wash your hands**
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I'm down .6 of a pound, two weeks in a row down, for a total of one pound. (Down is good, right? lol ) I've been restricting myself in terms of desserts, and eating almost nothing sweet in general. Haven't given up the Dr. Pepper, but almost.

My knees have suddenly been doing weird things. I woke up one morning last week with one knee very painful -- from how it felt, I thought I'd look down and see it red and swollen, but it just hurt a lot and didn't function. (I jokingly told my husband it felt like gout. But, no swelling. And I don't drink port.) The other knee didn't hurt and worked fine. That went on for several days, with me wrapping my knee in an Ace bandage and limping. Then one morning the disabled knee was totally normal again, like it had never hurt and it was totally flexible again. But my *other* knee was entirely in pain. I've never heard of an ailment where the pain alternates knees! The right knee hurt even more strongly than the left had, and made it nearly impossible to walk (I couldn't straighten my leg). The next day, I woke up with the right knee entirely normal and the left knee back in pain again. It still hurts today, but is not as severe.

I looked up blood clots, arthritis, nerve pain, and other possibilities, but nothing explained a "one knee, then the other" pattern. I even looked up "side effects from Covid vaccine." The jump from one knee to the other, leaving the previously painful knee like nothing had been wrong with it, and then jumping back again to the first knee, is very odd. Not only do most knee problems happen in both knees at the same time, they often have visible swelling if they hurt as much as mine did. Since Covid has been having such strange long-term effects on people, I also wondered if I'd had an unknown case of Covid at some point and this is the side effect, but have found nothing that describes what I've been experiencing.

Anyway, my knees don't have a lot to do with diet, except that I've mostly cut out sugar on the theory that it's an inflammatory. Whether it had anything to do with the knee pain or not, it's as good a reason as any to quit (though I've actually never heard of making your joints feel better by cutting out sugar, and I don't know why such inflammation would only affect my knees.)

Anyway, we're going out to breakfast! How's that for a novelty?  Have a great week.
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Right - down is good... lol   And it's awesome that you're down 2 weeks in a row.

I think your knee pain could be what happens to a lot of us as we get older.  Aches and pains start showing up in various parts of the body, but don't seem to stay any one place for long periods  They just kind of "migrate" around until you *really* old, like me, then they start settling into every part of the body.  

You're right that sugar is an inflammatory, but neither have I ever heard of pain going away by stopping sugar.   I eat very little sugar and my pain sure doesn't go away.  :-)  Hopefully, your knee issue is one of those fleeting things that will be gone soon, never to return.  In the meantime, you might try some simple exercises and/or a heating pad/ice (heat heals whereas ice reduces pain).

I hope you had an awesome breakfast yesterday.  That sounds like a lovely idea.  We haven't been out to eat in ages.
Hi Annie,

Since you mentioned you think your knee might be Covid vaccine related, how soon did this happen after your vaccine?  I had my second Pfizer shot on April 6th and on April 9th (between 48 and 72 hours later), my left shoulder all of a sudden was randomly sore and achy on my morning run.  So sore I couldn't hold my 17 oz water bottle in my left hand and tried to run the entire time without moving my arm/shoulder (easier said than done), it was extremely painful.  When I was done with the run, it went back to perfectly fine.

This shoulder has a history of injury (in 2017 I had a mild shoulder separation, it healed fine) and in late 2019, early 2020 I've noticed it's slightly "frozen" and I have been doing stretches and strengthening on it since about June 2020... I have not experienced pain like that in the shoulder since end of July 2017 when it was injured.  It hasn't flared up again since April 9th, and the only thing I can think of is generalized inflammation from my Covid vaccine caused some inflammation at what is probably scar tissue in my shoulder.  It's possible if you've had a recent vaccine it might be causing some localized inflammation in weird places like me (it's also possible my body is weird and does weird things).  (Both vaccine shots were in the right arm since I'm left handed and also probably would have demanded it in the non-frozen arm/shoulder even if that was my dominant one.)

My shoulder has not had any more incidents since April 9th - and I've started swimming laps again after a 9 year hiatus now that I'm healthy and fully vaccinated, and my frozen shoulder is doing exceptionally well now.

As for switching knees - this is very common in running injuries, if my right ankle hurts I might compensate for it subconsciously by altering my running gait (or walking) and next thing I know, my left hip is hurting since I'm using it slightly differently than normal and it might be taking more impact/stress.  I don't know if this normal for most people, but usually if I'm injured and trying to run/walk on the injured leg, I will get leg pain somewhere else on that same leg or the other leg in the next couple of days.

I don't know what's causing your knee pain - hopefully it is just inflammation and possibly random like my shoulder was.  My mom had osteoarthritis in both knees, it was super painful, and it started in her left and some days her left would be in more pain, some days her right, and I don't think there was any noticeable swelling, just a lot of pain and hard to walk (I don't think this is what is going on with you, I just wanted to let you know it is possible to have significant knee pain and no swelling).  She's had a double knee replacement and is doing much better now.  The sudden onset and disappearance sounds a lot more like random inflammation flare-up than a chronic knee injury/osteoarthritis.

If it goes away and doesn't come back, it just might be related to the vaccine.
Barb and Sarah, I really appreciate both of your comments and suggestions. It's helpful to hear the different possibilities.

There are a lot of write-ups by doctors and researchers about later side effects when someone had earlier been sick with Covid itself (not the shot but the actual virus). Those often almost sound like the virus acts opportunistically, as though it targets wherever there is a weakness (for example, the heart) and makes it worse in the long run.  I've never had Covid as far as I know, but when my knees were acting so odd I did wonder idly if the vaccine could do a bit of the same. But I haven't found any reports of the vaccine doing anything like that.

If later I learn that this whole thing was the onset of osteoarthritis, it wouldn't surprise me much. Or, it might be some leaking fluid in the knee joint for a different reason, though that wouldn't explain the pain jumping from one knee to the other and back again. I don't mind quitting sugar on the chance it exacerbated the problem, I need to quit it anyway. But as you say, Barb, if it were that easy, we would all be seeing interesting exposés on the Internet about healing arthritis by quitting sugar, and I haven't seen any such thing.

Anyway, the leg that was painful in the first place has now had the pain move to just the inside of the knee (one of the reasons I suspected fluid from the kneecap is that even on the same leg, the pain will shift. It started at the back of the knee). Now I'm able to straighten both legs and bend both legs all the way, which hasn't been the case for a week, and my walk is almost normal. My husband wanted to take me to the ER when the problem was at its worst, but I didn't think would be anything but a waste of time because the symptoms just wouldn't settle down. Here's hoping it all blows over. :-)

Thanks again for your thoughts.
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