- Oct 3, 2016
- United States
Whenever I make my knees do more than they are used to, they swell up. (I swell up like a water balloon at the drop of a hat). If it's just a little, then I ice, elevate, and rest and then everything is all better.When you go walking like that do you swell up in the evening I do so is that normal.
If that isn't enough to take care of it, then I did too much! So I try not to do so much the next time. GRADUALLY increasing what I do, and making sure I rest my knees enough too, is what works for me.
Yesterday and today I have been doing some more walking without my rollator walker, which is a lot harder for me than walking with the rollator. And yes they do swell up when I increase the walking! But a couple of hours with the icing machine and all is well. Today I had to use the icing machine twice, once in the morning and again after I got home this afternoon, oh well! But that took care of almost all the swelling.
Yesterday and today I increased my walking distance without my rollator, from about 30-40 feet/day on Monday and Tuesday, to about 200 feet/day. My knees swelled, I iced, and they aren't swelled any more and do not hurt at the moment. But I am going to rest this evening and let them recover. I will not increase the distance much until my knees can handle it easily.
I can walk through grocery stores already. I will need a bit more time to work up to mall walking, even with my rollator. But by next week when we get to the gym, I should be ready to walk a bit further than I can now.
Personally I think walking is exciting!!! And walking without my rollator? That's a huge thrill, for me. Also today I noticed that I am not lurching so much as I did a few days ago, when walking without my rollator. I am working on my gait.