How It All Began

14 May

My passion for running started when I got my first running shoes. I was 8 that time and my parents are so into fitness. They regularly run with me for about 1-2 miles per day and it became a habit for all of us. I was 17 when I started to feel the tingling sensation, stiffness, and numbness of my hips down to my toes. I told mom about it and she had me seen by our family physician. The doctor recommended some painkillers and told me that I was too young to have arthritis and that it was just muscle pain. I didn’t believe him, especially that I felt joint pains. My mom suggested me to take my medicines first and be under observation, and just have a second opinion after few weeks.

Weeks passed, I was still in pain. I couldn’t even walk for half a mile without feeling weak. It felt like my knees wanted to give up on me. I told my parents that the pain relievers that I have could only give me relief for few hours. My parents had me seen by physical therapist and gave me exercise routines to strengthen my bones. I was really depressed because aside from daily running activities with my family, I wasn’t able to join the track and field team, I stayed inside my room every Friday night and spent my whole Saturday with my physical therapist.

On the 7th month, my mom finally told me that we should get another medical advice since both pain killers and physical therapy didn’t do any good on my condition. We scheduled an appointment with Dr. Purita, an orthopedic surgeon. We did some physical and lab tests and he evaluated it. My initial visit took us 5 hours. I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis. What is that? The first thought came to my mind. Dr Purita explained what osteoarthritis is, what the possible causes are, and the effective treatment.

He told me that the possible cause of my osteoarthritis is because I am overweight. Yes, its true. Although I run for miles every week and do other physical activities, I am still overweight. He told me that the effective way to treat osteoarthritis is through stem cell therapy. He gave us detailed information about stem cell treatment and my mom told me that we will think about it first. My mom was a bit hesitant with medical science, I was not. I really believed that science has brought great things upon men, including medications and treatments. But still, my parents had to decide for it first. So, we went home. Mom was thinking about how effective stem cell treatment is and if it will be the best option for me. I, on the other had, was thinking about when could I start the treatment and was hopeful that it will be effective for me…..


17 Responses to “How It All Began”

  1. lehorse May 14, 2013 at 8:43 am #

    Hi Kirsten Thanks for following my blog. I hope whichever path you take it leads to a place were you are fit and healthy and happy inside and out, good luck 🙂

  2. kirs10woods May 14, 2013 at 8:53 am #

    Thank you lehorse. Aside from athlete’s injury and illness, I also love reading posts related to running, swimming, and tennis. I hope you stay fit and healthy too! 🙂

  3. runnershealth May 15, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    What a great story!
    I hope everything will continue to go well.
    Thank you for liking my post.

    • kirs10woods May 16, 2013 at 5:31 am #

      Thank you runnershealth… I will continue my OA story probably next week.. I’ll look forward to reading your next posts! 🙂

  4. Michael Garrett May 16, 2013 at 10:25 am #

    Hi! Thank you for reblogging my post. I’ll look forward to the continuation of your story. Great title by the way… Stay safe!

    • kirs10woods May 21, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

      You’re welcome Michael… I will continue writing, if not today, probably tomorrow morning. 🙂

  5. lubkin2013 May 21, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    Yes, I too don’t understand how I can’t lose enough weight by exercising regularly? Could it be down to genes, and the fact that I have a low metabolic rate? I watch friends eating huge meals, yet their weight doesn’t alter. I hate that! I only need WALK PAST a cake shop and I gain weight! Christ, if I ever visited PARIS, why I suspect I’d have to fly home CARGO!

    • kirs10woods May 21, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

      I always try to focus on the amount of food that I eat rather than what my friend’s eat. Yes, it’s very frustrating to see them eat without control, yet they don’t gain weight at all. Well, I have two reasons to stay in shape: I want to LOOK and FEEL good. 🙂

  6. cubbyholewriter May 21, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

    Hi, Kirsten and thank you for liking “Signs of Rust”. Having a long-term issue with excess weight has been an element in dealing with OA. I believed the low-impact fitness classes I was taking would help in the big picture, which they did in overall health, but which ended up aggravating some joints as well. I have found that the aqua-fit classes done in shallow water have helped (harder than one would expect) with range of motion. Continue researching with new treatments. Thanks also for following my blog. Sharing laughter is also good medicine I’ve found. Cheers!

    • kirs10woods May 22, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

      Yeah, I think I’ve read somewhere that aqua-fit class can do good to OA patients. I’m actually thinking about taking swimming lesson. I know it’ll help my joints, muscles, and bones. 🙂

  7. tri4arthritis May 22, 2013 at 12:33 am #

    It’s amazing how science, i.e. stem cell research, can help people. Sometimes you don’t know if it will help until it’s tried. Good luck and keep moving!

    • kirs10woods May 22, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

      Thank you… As I’ve mentioned, I never doubted Science (lol)… Well, it was my favorite subject… interesting… mind-boggling.. 🙂

  8. Katsized June 9, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

    Thanks for following my blog. I look forward to reading more stories of your journey!

  9. the muscleheaded blog June 18, 2013 at 4:38 am #

    Interesting story, and I hope you’re feeling much better !

    • kirs10woods June 18, 2013 at 7:52 am #

      I am feeling better now… Thank you! 🙂

  10. bluesage63 June 21, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    I am glad you are feeling better. With Arthritis it’s one day at a time. I hope today is a good one!

    • kirs10woods June 23, 2013 at 9:03 am #

      Thank you so much and yes, I am having a good day today. I just bought a pair of new running shoes yesterday and I am wearing it today…it really feels good. money well spent. I hope you’re doing good as well… Be safe and stay happy! 🙂

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