[Received some good information when I posted this in the General Chatter section, but am reposting to see if I can elicit some more feedback].
I have an appointment at the end of January to have my knees examined, but with all the informal research I've done in consultation with "Dr. Google", and discussing this issue at length with both my brothers who've had knee issues and surgeries as well, I do believe I have a meniscus tear. Of course I'll know more in a couple of weeks. Both brothers have had meniscus surgery so they speak from personal experience.
Up to about 6 months ago I was a consistent (albeit slow ) runner, running 3-4 times a week. In fact it played a large part in helping me lose the weight I did. I did other things as well, turbo kick, Zumba, elliptical and stairmaster, etc. Now, I'm down to walking with a little weight training.
While I'm not looking forward to the diagnosis it will be good to have concrete information rather than guessing. And I won't avoid surgery if it is determined to be the best course of action. Currently I'm not in much pain (thank goodness)but my right knee is swollen and I hear popping and cracking that are some of the tell-tale signs of a meniscus injury. I also spend way more time than the average person thinking about the state of her knees!
If you've had meniscus issues and/or surgery I'd really appreciate your feedback about your experience. Did you have surgery? How long was your recovery period? Were you a runner and were you able to resume running? What kind of exercise do you do now?
Thanks to all in advance for your input.