exercise, running, running injuries

Ouch

Once again, sorry for the long blogging absence.  I’ve been a bit down.

It all started at the end of August.  I woke up in the middle of the night with intense back pain.  Terrible, terrible pain on the right side of my low back, heading down into my hip.  I tossed and turned for the rest of the night, gulping ibuprofen and arranging my pillows in creative arrays to allay the pain. No luck.  When the sun rose, I was still in pain.

Never one to do things the easy way, I went to work.  It was painful, but doable.  I told myself that things would be better the next day.  They weren’t.  Friday morning rolled around and the pain was even worse.  Nothing if not stubborn, I again went to work.  It was agony.  At this point, sanity started to prevail and I cancelled the rest of my patients.  (To everyone that had an appointment on August 30th, I apologize!!!)  I made an appointment for a massage.  It was painful, but after it I could at least stand up a bit straighter.  For about a minute.

By this time, I had pretty much figured out what was going on.  The iliopsoas is a huge muscle that runs from the lower thoracic spine to the inner hip.  It is one of the major hip flexor muscles.

It’s a deep muscle, and pretty hard to treat.  How I injured it is beyond me, but I suspect it has something to do with the nagging low back pain that I’ve been studiously ignoring and running through for the past 2 years.

At any rate, I spent Labor Day Weekend in a recliner.  I ate, rested, and slept in it, as it was the only place I was comfortable.  Come Tuesday, I was back at work, but still in pain.

It’s now 6 weeks later.  I’m doing better, in that I can walk without limping.  However, I still have pain.  And it’s really, really aggravating.  I’ll be starting physical therapy soon, so hopefully this will help.  I plan to start swimming again this weekend, and I hope to begin slowly running again soon.  I will try to take the advice that I give to patients after an injury- start slow and listen to your body.

We’ll see.

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