When I went to the doctor for my evaluation appointments, he was pretty shocked at how far along my various issues were. I explained to him that I have a pretty good tolerance for annoying pain and because I'm also aging and something always seems to be not quite right, I think I may have lost the ability to distinguish between an ache for a day and something that will become chronic.
Because chronic is where I'm at right now. Pretty much aching all day long and by the evening I'm fairly exhuasted.
Anyway, here are the various things that are/were wrong. Dr. Chris is pretty sure I had a chain reaction since it's mostly my left side involved but hasn't yet figured out where it all started. I don't think that matters as long as we can resolve it. (Lots of links here so you can click on them and read all about it if you don't already know.)
Left Foot: Heel Pad Syndrome. Maybe with a touch of Plantar Fasciitis. The only reason he's not ruling out plantar fasciitis altogether is that when he did the myofascial release on the tendon, there was soreness there although I am not feeling any tugging along the arch. Basically the treatment for this each time I go is myofascial release and then Microelectro Acupuncture. Along with lots of stretching after I work out and icing. I have actually brought an ice pack to work and try to ice it several times a day. When I've been going out for any walk over 3 or 4 miles, I've also been taping it as illustrated.
My left knee is aggravated but we can't seem to pinpoint what exactly is going on there. You'd think Runner's Knee but he is able to track and move the knee cap easily so it's possible there is some tendinitis. Right now, he is having me rub a homeopathic gel called Traumeel into the knee several times a day. I have to say, while the relief isn't long term I do get immediate relief as soon as I rub that gel in. I'm also rubbing it in to my foot.
My left hip flexor is bound up and the tugging that I was feeling at the top front of my leg turned out to be micro-tears in my quadricep. He has been working on the quadricep with the myofascial release because though the tugging is already gone (again I was rubbing Traumeel into the sore area) he said the whole quad in that leg is ropy and has adhesions which means it's not happy. Believe me, neither am I when he's working on it. Plus he
My left shoulder issue turned out to be an impingement of the bursa, also known as Rotator Cuff Tendinitis. Probably caused by all the pushups and burpees I do at Muay Thai and aggravated by the teensy bit of weight lifting I was doing. Again, I let it go too long so it's my fault. For this he manipulates my arm around while stabilizing the rotator cuff. Then we rub in down with Traumeel and it also gets hooked up to the Microelectro Accupunture. I also have an exercise I've been doing on my own. The whole point being to get the bursa freed up. This is the one that I actually think is going to take the longest to heal. I am considering going to an orthopedic doctor and getting a shot of cortisone if it hasn't calmed down in a couple of weeks.
Finally, my lower back is compressed. Maybe there's someone out there who would be familiar with this treatment but I'd never heard of it: Spinal Intervertebral Decompression. The first time I had to climb onto the table I was a little freaked out as it's a bit Frankensteinian. Basically I lay flat on a table for about 10 minutes to relax the muscles and spine. Then the doctor straps my feet down and with pulleys and levers he literally stretches me lengthwise. It's almost the opposite of the neck machine I had to use last year when my nerve was pinched in my neck. Instead of pulling my head up, it pulls on my feet and opens the spine. I don't feel a huge improvement here yet but I'm not feeling any worse so that's good.
In addition to all that, he had me start taking some natural herbal pills that are supposed to help with inflammation, as he does not want me popping Motrin or Aleve.
Now you know why my appointments take between 1 1/2 to 2 hours. OY. Not that I like it but I'm going to do it for a few weeks as I'm tired of feeling hurty all the time.
Having said that, I decided last weekend that 10 days of not running was enough as I wasn't feeling any better by not running. In fact, I think I was starting to feel worse. While I did not outright run, I did run/walk my 7 miler last Saturday. To be honest, not only was I no worse for wear, I think I felt better than I have over the last couple of weeks. So I have decided I am going to throw in a couple of runs a week and the rest of the time I'll walk. I did talk with a friend at Muay Thai who is at a doctor all the time because of her lower back and she said her doctor told her she could run but she had to wear an SI brace, so maybe I'll look into getting one of those.
There you have it - the plan of attack. Let's just hope I win this war!