It's been almost ten weeks since I first noticed my shin hurting after an eight-mile run on Halloween morning, and it's been almost five weeks since I stopped running and started cross-training. While cross-training seemed to possibly be helping, after doing my crazy, ill-fated power walk a week and a half ago and after introducing some short running stints into my regimen, I feel the shin has gone back to square one.
I am finally at that crossroads of What to do? There seem to be four choices:
- Keep doing what I am doing, including the running, and hope that the body will sort itself out eventually (which would actually be my preference)
- Go back to exclusively cross-training and try to reattain those pre-power walk good vibes
- Go in to see the PT ladies who helped me so much with my hip last year for an assessment
- Go to a doctor
Distance Dude says he'll eat crow if it is a stress fracture. (So, as you can imagine, it is almost worth having that diagnosis. Ha ha ha.) He thinks that I should just keep cross-training until such time as it doesn't bother me anymore. But how long do you do that? I am losing patience and focus. What to do.... If you are hurt, when do you know it's time to see a doctor?
No good. Someone recently told me that the only way to find out if you have a stress fracture is to get an MRI, and those are not cheap! I had one on my head last year with insurance, and I still balked at the costs. My portion alone was enough to feed my family for a month. It does seem like you would have seen some improvement by this point. I'm not into going to the doctor unless it's something new and/or persistent enough to get me worried. This sounds like it might qualify in the persistent category.ReplyDelete
I know! The cost is insane. That's really why I haven't gone yet. Everyone I talk to tells me the same thing: you either need a bone scan or an MRI to ID a stress fracture, so unless you are prepared to take that on there is no real need to go. I am leaning towards physical therapy. It really helped me last year with a sore hip, and since I can relieve some of the pain with cross-friction massage, I have hopes this is more of a muscle/tendon thing. I just have to make that jump. I guess I keep hoping it will go away on it's own. :) Thanks for commenting!Delete