Orthopedic appointment on Monday went as well as can be expected. Bottom line is that I have Chondomalacia patella or essentially "worn cartilage behind the kneecap". Also the beginnings of a slight bone spur, but nothing too serious. The shots I get for treatment are basically replacement joint fluid which works to lubricate the joint and protect the cartilage. Unfortunately, this only seems to last for somewhere in the 6mo to a year range. Right now I'm waiting on insurance to authorize the treatment, then will need to go in for another series of three injections.
BTW, he assures me that my knee issue isn't/wasn't caused by running. In fact, he thinks running is great, as long as it doesn't hurt. But when it does hurt, I need to find ways to be active that don't worsen the pain. Which is why I'm focusing on swimming and running for December and January.
On that note, I did manage to drag my lazy butt out of bed on a cold 9 deg morning (which is a quite a feat in itself, let me assure you) and got myself to the pool this morning. My goal was to get in at least an 800yd swim; however, I stopped and got out of the pool at 600 yds because at that point I was both bored out of my mind and having problems with my goggles. Sat in the hot tub for a bit and quickly realized that I wasn't going to be happy ending it at 600yds at my total for the day, so I decided to suck it up and jump back in for another 200. Yay me!