Thanks for your support and encouragement to keep on going until I get a clear diagnosis and the right treatment. It's been so frustrating, as I know you understand and have experienced yourself.
Allen ... as I understand it, once the cartilage is damaged or broken down there's not a whole lot to do to repair it. We've discussed treatments such as injections of a Chicken's Comb (can't think of the medical name -- would that mean I woud have chicken legs
?), but that doesn't sound right at present. (50% success rate ... treatment's only been out 4 years)
Surgery to pop the knee back out, pins, etc. would put me out of commission for about a year. He cited a 60% success rate with my knee.
As for the other symptoms, if I do have Lyme's, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Fibro... they either run their course, respond to times of stress or may disappear as suddenly as they appeared. I've increased my sitting meditation and have been allowing myself to nap and not do anything more than I have to.
I've changed my diet to more veggies and protein and have noticed that I feel better with those types of food. For some reason, I seem to be craving steak... I've never been a beef person before!
Any way ... thanks to all for your thoughts and support and for the private Emails, too. I will keep you updated ... and remember, do that Sanchin as if it's the last you may ever do again...
[This message has been edited by Jackie Olsen (edited October 27, 2000).]