Growing up, I spent a ton of time outside. It was an everyday thing for my friends and family — you were always outdoors playing football, riding bikes, climbing trees, and in some cases running away from wild hogs around the small lake at the end of our street. With everything we did as children we never once thought of what the things we were doing then would do to our bodies and how it may affect our health later in life; we were just worried about having fun and enjoying the moment. (azcentral)
A result of that overactive childhood is that joints and tendons got injured, sometimes they were treated, sometimes they weren’t, and in many of my cases they were never mentioned. Adding to that, going through high school on a football team all four years, playing offensive and defensive line every year, the motion required and position that you were typically placed in at that position, you constantly put pressure on your knees, which will always affect you later in life. It’s so common that special braces are built for people who play those particular positions. (betterbraces) With all of this activity and stress on the joints, as well as me carrying extra weight the majority of my life, it’s no surprise that I was diagnosed with arthritis in my right knee at the ripe “old” age of 29.
Arthritis affects the joints of those who live with it, we experience joint stiffness, swelling, a varied level of pain in the area, and in some cases a constant ache surrounding the location of the arthritic situation. My case occurred when I noticed pain in the right knee, having dealt with joint pain in my ankles for years I just somewhat ignored it, figuring it would eventually go away. One night while rubbing the knee I looked down at the right one compared to the left and realized it was swollen, at this point I decided it would be best to see a doctor. I visited the doctor who had seen me for my various injuries from years past, looking at the x-rays he determined it was an arthritic joint, giving me a choice between taking a cortisone injection or using anti-inflammatory pills to help me get through, I chose the pills because I didn’t want to deal with the side effects of shots to the area. (mayoclinic)
It can be difficult dealing with arthritis, especially when you have a flare up, and working in a warehouse store, on concrete floors, being a bigger guy, and being the chosen person for lifting anything in the store, it causes me problems but it’s something I have learned to deal with as part of my daily experience.It may be painful at times, but I never let it keep me down, I just pop some Aleve, and power through. In my opinion, it’s worth fighting through the pain in order to avoid the downside of having to get my knee cleaned up from the injections later in life.