my goal this summer was to get back into shape, and stronger so i can try out for my school track team and pole vault this year (gonna graduate in the spring). however i hurt my knee a bit ago.
in about mid june my left knee, calf, and ankle were swollen and i couldnt walk for a week, and would wake up in pain from my knees at times. i didnt have insurance until mid july and didnt see doctor till the end of the month when most of the swelling went down and i was walking again. i got some blood work and i had lyme disease, put me on antibiotics, and told me to cancel my ortho appt that i scheduled and just worry about getting rid of the lyme disease first. now from what ive read joint pain is common with lyme disease, and even swelling in my knee, (just didnt know it would affect my whole left leg).
heres the problem, i still have the rest of the month on antibiotics. My left knee is still a bit swollen, maybe some fluid or something, but it feels pretty good otherwise and im sick of not doing any lower body work. this is prob a stupid question but i was wondering if anyone here had lyme disease and wat their thoughts of exercising the body part that was hurting was. i forgot to ask about exercise and dont know if i should wait till after i see him next month or not.
also i tried just doing squats with the bar last week, and my legs were definitely feeling it. the problem was when i was doing them, my right side (the good side) felt more strained then the left side (injured side). i think im unconsciously overcompensating and wasnt sure if i should just keep on doing complex movements, or if i should i just do unilateral stuff on just my left leg or something till it catches up with my right?
so i guess my two questions are, should i try and stay off my knee until hopefully the antibiotics work and im good? and if i should lift, what types of exercises should i do to try and rehab and get back into things.