So as most of you all know, I’ve been dealing with a nagging injury after running the Marshall Mangler 50K on November 11, 2012.
Another participant stopped along the course and taped up my knee because he noticed that I was limping.
Ever since, I’ve had some sort of ache or pain just about every single day. I’ve been back and forth between doctor’s visits, physical therapy sessions, and various testing. Now here I am at the end of June, almost 8 months later…still searching for answers. I’m becoming increasingly frustrated as the calendar pages turn. June 8th was the last time that I ran, and it ended on a pretty bad note. Basically, my iliotibial band syndrome symptoms reappeared out of nowhere, and at the time, I was finally making progress or so I thought. I’m at the point where I’d be completely ecstatic with being able to run 1 mile 100% pain free. While this whole no running thing is tearing me apart, both inside and out, I really need to figure out what’s wrong with my body before I even think about beginning again. I have had some new symptoms appear in my lower left leg in recent weeks that ultimately pushed me to making yet another appointment with my orthopedic. He first wanted to rule out a tibial stress fracture, so he ordered a bone scan. That was done on June 14th. I’m afraid to even add up the money and time taken off from work that has gone towards figuring out the root issue of everything.
Just a FYI: I don’t experience all of these symptoms on a daily basis, but here’s a list of the things that I’ve been dealing with for the past several months - newer symptoms included (left leg only).
BACK: Tingling along entire spine, dull ache in lower back
BUTTOCKS: Radiating pain
KNEE: Throbbing and pulling sensation on and below the knee cap
SHIN: Sharp pain along shin bones
CALF MUSCLE: Tightness, very sensitive to pressure, numbness associated with running 3+ miles
ANKLE: Pain presents mostly in front, but occasionally along the Achilles tendon
FOOT: Sharp, stabbing sensation on top of foot
I gave this list to my orthopedic during the follow up appointment to my bone scan, which was on Thursday morning. He assured me that my bone scan was completely normal. Long story short: no stress fracture. Once that was established, he performed a multitude of manipulative testing to determine strength and symmetry. So, what’s next? Based on my list of symptoms, he seems to think that I may have a disk or nerve issue within my lumbar spine. I injured my tailbone back in September during the Run For Your Lives 5K, and I could’ve very well screwed something up in my lower back as well. He ordered a MRI of my lumbar spine, and that is scheduled to be done tomorrow evening. So once I receive the news from this test, I’ll update all of you with the results. Send good vibes and prayers my way, please! I just want to feel like a healthy young adult again.
Putting what I learned from P90X to good use!
Thumbs up for endorphins!
Right now, I’m maintaining my fitness through cardio-based cross training, core work, and weight training. I’m still and will always be a runner. I’m just a runner in remission.19 notes
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- kat-rd2be said:I hope you find relief soon!
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- jfcglencoco said:proud of you!
- sabbyrunsatl said:I have so been there. You’ll be back.
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- hungryrunner said:Sending good runner vibes your way!!
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- ahealthycollegekid said:Hey doll hope everything heals up quickly!
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