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Hi there,

This is a re-submission under the Injuries Section; I first presented the problem a couple of days ago under the New Members section, so apologies to those who may have waded through already, and many thanks for the advice so far.

Three weeks ago I got back from my morning run. I knew my running had become sloppy - proration(?) - and as I showered I felt rather more than the usual aches and pains. Decided to drive home, went to bed for a couple of hours, then tried to get out of bed. Collapsed on the floor with in agony (thigh and hip), so crawled back to bed. Could hardly move, and for ten days could only crawl round the house on elbows and knees.

Since then it’s been GP-prescribed pain-killers for a week, then a day at A&E for X-Ray and MRI.

Able to stand and walk only after ten days, though presently stiff have vague hip and knee pain, with slight numbness around the knee.

Hospital consultant says the X-Rays and MRI shows nothing of significance – probably trapped nerve in lower vertebrate due to running posture - so just “keep taking the tablets” and wait for consultation with physiotherapist.

I’m still waiting, and meanwhile I’m becoming desperately frustrated by the lack of my daily run. What is it, endorphin withdrawal? I just HAVE to get out again, but dare not risk it until I’m assessed by the Physio’ – but how long does that take? The NHS were great, but they are slow. Maybe I should pro-actively contact the hospital Physio' rather than wait for the system(?)

Incidentally, one thing I have noticed since I’ve been back on my feet is the profound weakness in the leg in question. As I said, I’ve been doing daily 8-milers, the first half of which was uphill. Now, when I climb the stairs, it’s fine on the hood leg, but no strength on the left (duff) side. Its as though I was suddenly carrying someone on my back, just for that step. Also there have been times in the street when my leg seemed as though it was just going to fold under me.

I wondered how long it might take me to run again, so just tried running along the landing here at home. It was staggering – quite literally: no strength and no coordination on that side. Quite hopeless!

I also have a strange lack of sensation on the surface of the skin of the knee on my duff side. When the consultant prodded round there, he used a pin-like device. In the area surrounding my knee his prods were sharp, but over the roughly ten centimetre front of my knee the prods were dull. He seemed to infer some significance from this, though no further than the trapped-nerve conjecture.

Can I have any chance of recovery from a knee/leg which hardly has the strength to get me upstairs? And this was a leg which until a few weeks ago was launching me up four mile long hill-sides.

It’s all rather depressing; aching knee & hip, and just no strength in that leg.

So if anyone has any comments or experience of returning to running after injury, I’d greatly appreciate hearing from them. How do you remain patient and not go up the wall?

And sorry for the rant!

Cheers,

Ken.
 

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Hi Dave,

Thanks very much indeed for the chat; most reassuring, and with an outlook far more promising than the picture I had painted for myself.

Piriformis Syndrome - yes - checking it out on the many Google hits certainly puts that top of the list.

I'll press on now, as you advised, looking for a local and competant sports therapist.

Cheers,

Ken
 

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Hi Harrogate,
I suffered with piriformis syndrome and ITBS onmy left side and I discovered a lot of the tightness in my hips and backside from oringinated from my back. The backache was the last pain to actually emerge however I was fortunate I could still walk it just drove mad when I sat or lay down.

I went to see a chiropractor and he's been manipulating my back, which has helped significantly. I also consulted a podiatirst and got some orthotics and I've been having regualr massage to help tease out some of my tight spots and I used Almaleafs rub, which I find very soothing.
 
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