After 50, it’s all patch, patch, patch

Image from page 815 of "The practice of surgery" (1910)

A little over a month ago, I slipped on the ice and slammed my knees into my front steps. Now, whenever I kneel, it feels like I have pieces of sharp gravel in my right knee.

It finally bothered me enough to Google it. “Fell on knee, feels like gravel,” I typed hopefully. Aha! This appeared:

What does prepatellar bursitis feel like?

Prepatellar bursitis causes pain and swelling in the area in front of the kneecap and just below. It may be very difficult to kneel down and put the knee on the floor due to the tenderness and swelling. If the condition has been present for some time, small lumps may be felt underneath the skin over the kneecap. Sometimes these lumps feel as though something is floating around in front of the kneecap, and they can be very tender. These lumps are usually the thickened folds of bursa tissue that have formed in response to chronic inflammation.

Since I already know that any attempt to get standard medical care will involve surgery or expensive physical therapy (remember, I have a $2500 deductible now), I’m rubbing it with essential oils. It might help and at least it won’t make things worse.

One thought on “After 50, it’s all patch, patch, patch

  1. but chronic inflammation can and should be suppressed a bit
    maybe half an aspirin every other day with a meal ?

    and nearly everything feels better after a long hot shower.


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