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BTW, did you have your ABI?
Tests confirmed that my inguinal ligaments bilaterally were causing compression on the femoral arteries, leading to reduced circulation (reduced by 30% on one side and 40% on the other, I believe). I underwent bilateral ligament release in October of last year. It was confirmed during surgery that I was essentially pre-IAE as the ligaments on both sides were tight with very little space between the ligament and the artery (if I understand correctly, the higher the need for increased circulation, the more the femoral artery expands and the more the ligament compresses and restricts circulation during exercise). I did NOT have any scarring and did not need any grafting on either artery (and it impacted circulation closer to the hip as it was above the iliac junction-I think).
I had tried to substitute running for biking in 2016, thinking to maybe avoid surgery and change sports. I was provided arch support inserts that were too extreme and in March of 2016 on the inaugural run I suffered a meniscus tear. Several months later about a 1" chunk of cartilage broke free and imbedded in the back of my knee and showed up on follow up MRI. Surgery in July of 2016 to remove the cartilage and trim the meniscus revealed a large tear that had also detached on one side, instead of the small tear that was anticipated. It did not appear on the scan as it had folded over on itself. The surgeon performed a repair which is essentially the same type of recovery as a knee replacement.
As of this date I have been unable to recover from the arthritis in my knee (surgeon believes the repair was successful, but that the cartilage broke free at the time of the tear due to existing arthritis; cartilage tissue cannot regenerate or be replaced or repaired). Without going on and on, my knee is quite painful with weight bearing activity.
I went ahead with the release in October as the surgeon thought I would fully recover from the tear and cartilage damage. Until recently pain in my knee prevented me from trying to train other than spinning on a trainer with little to no resistance. In March of this year I had a steroid injection which temporarily relieved pain, swelling and a fluid pocket.
Unfortunately a week and a half ago my symptoms returned exactly as they were prior to the ligament release, with the additional problem that the steroid injection only lasted about a month or so.
I'm devastated as my activity level is sedentary now. I'm extremely depressed and not dealing well with the situation. I figured I should post so folks don't contact me as it tends to make it more difficult for me to deal with. Thanks for your understanding.