- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2013
So, a little background on me. I started racing motocross when I was 3, and BMX at 5. Up until I was 18, racing was my life, but these are obviously extreme sports and thus I sustained quite a few injuries. I’ve broken 35 bones, I’ve had 10 concussions (two of them severe), and countless blows/injuries especially to my knees and shoulders.
Anyway, fast forward to about two years ago and I started noticing that whenever I would fall asleep (whether for a nap, or at night), if my knees were bent, I woke up with a stabbing pain that is exruciating. When I wake up after my knees have been bent, the minute that I try to straighten or bend it I start screaming in pain (I have a VERY high pain tolerance. I’ve fallen asleep getting my tattoos). It’s terrible. However, once I get to the point where I need to stand up, about 5 minutes later it’s totally fine. I looked it up online, and apparently this is a symptom of arthritis. I know, don’t listen to the internet, BUT, I saw this on every single website that I read.
Well, generally. As I sit here typing my knees are aching terribly. I’m 21 years old, I knew I was going to have to deal with some serious issues, but not arthritis this young.
Has anyone experienced the strange knee situation I described? Or dealt with arthritis? I’m a pretty healthy person (I work out for an hour a day, eat well, etc), but I feel like I need to start doing some joint specific exercises.