Snap. Crackle. Pop.

My left knee has started to crack when I go up and down stairs.

It’s very annoying.

Typical of my body, maybe, but it’s a new thing, and I dislike it intensely.

Not that I haven’t always had popping joints. When I was two I dropped a massive glass piggy bank (full) on my left front toe. Pretty sure I broke it – and it’s cracked ever since. My right knee has been a nightmare since I hyper-extended it in high school. My knuckles. My wrist.

My spine? *laughs* It’s like a symphony of sound every time I move, from my shoulders to my tail bone. I actually have one of those giant styrofoam tubes at home. I just arch my lower back over it and roll and pretty much everything pops. Kinda nasty, really.

But there’s something about that release of pressure which is very nice, even if it doesn’t last. (And I actually have to be careful – it’s a bit addicting, but I’ve found over-cracking it doesn’t really help me in the long term either, so I pretty much limit it to only moments of severe pain.)

Anyway, as full of suck as the cracking can be, there’s also something comforting in knowing how my body works. I know when I twist my leg a certain way, my knee is going to pop. I wriggle in my chair at work all day, constantly searching for that perfect moment of bliss in my back. This left knee thing, though? It has to go.

I had no problems at all until a few weeks ago when I lurched out of bed to go see what Lucy was screaming about downstairs. (I think it was an invisible spider.) As soon as I hit the stairs, I felt the knee pop. And I thought okay, that’s new. And I figured it was a one time thing – some glitch in the inner workings of my frame. It would go away in a day or so, right?

But no. EVERY time I go up or down the stairs now it’s just “Crack, crack, crack, crack…” It’s skeeving me out, but I think what’s most irritating about it is that there’s no real direct cause. My other joints I can chalk up to as old injuries…but this one probably just means I’m getting old.

So, I’ve got nothing to conclude this particularly rambly post except this link to a dancing skeleton which gave me approximately two minutes of amusement. YMMV.

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