By the time i finally arrived back home a month and a half ago, after the cruise and a week in Houston, i had managed to injure my OTHER knee -- the previously uninjured knee i depended on to take the load off Ralph. Well, when one has a chronically bad limb, the "relief part" comes under a LOT of strain and pressure, just like when one's life or business partner is incapacitated and one has to do ALL the household/job duties as well as try to help the out-of-commission person.
My first plan of action was to do all i knew how to lower the inflammation. I applied heat, elevated both knees, used NSAIDS, made sure i was getting a good omega-3:6 balance, took measures to get enough rest for it, drafted my husband to carry anything that needed to go from a lower to an upper floor of the house, lots of things of that nature. I also ordered more systemic enzymes to replace the ones i ran out of; a different type and brand, but what promised to sub for my usual stuff very efficiently.
Short story (too late) -- Louie the Left is pain-free again. There's still some swelling in the muscle-connection i damaged, and in the knee itself (probably the bursa like in Ralph), but at least i can raise and lower myself like a more normal person again.
SYSTEMIC ENZYMES ARE THE BEST ANTI-INFLAMMATORY SUPPLEMENT YOU CAN INVEST IN. They've been in use in Olympic-level sport for half a century, replacing steroids with the same sort of upgrade we see when people drop canola for butter. Systemic enzymes EAT exogenous proteins (duh -- they're proteolytic): proteins like the protective coatings on virus and cancer cells, the superfluous fibrin that creates problems in our bloodstreams and organs, the proteins that don't belong in our bodies.
Why do European and Japanese doctors believe in enzymes while American ones don't? ... Well, why do American doctors believe drug-company reps but not the clinical successes of other doctors? Maybe because they're lazy and gluttonous (for money and attention), as they're so fond of saying about the cases they're too incompetent to help....