It's official. I have Posterior Tibial Tendinitis in my left ankle. I went to a foot & ankle specialist in the morning who confirmed my own Google diagnosis, took a quick x-ray, and then referred me for an MRI which was done at 4:30pm.
If you've never had an MRI it is a very interesting experience. This was just one foot, and it was very slow and tedious. I cannot imagine what it would be like to have an MRI of my back or shoulder.
You basically change into scrubs, remove all your jewelry, put this weird sticker on the area that hurts the most, and get into a roller bed which goes inside a tubular machine. You have to be perfectly still, which is probably difficult for most of us, but I like to think it was harder for me than most people. My foot was strapped in and about the first 10 minutes I was doing fine. I was very careful not to move at all, as this can affect your images. Then I started having to force myself not to even twitch and then mildly freaked out because my hands were going numb and I was afraid to move them. Needless to say, however, I survived.
I am waiting on the report to go back to my physician so we can discuss the results. That should happen by tonight or, worst case, tomorrow morning when I go for my follow-up appointment. I scheduled the follow-up (1) to be fitted for custom orthotics so this doesn't happen again, and (2) because I need his undivided attention for ten minutes in order to help me figure out how I am going to cope with this, heal quickly and completely, and still run LA in less than 4 weeks. Of course, the only way to get a doctor's full attention is to pay. :)
Today has been six days since I have ran. I did a short hike on Friday afternoon to get outdoors but that probably didn't help things. I cannot stand being cooped up. Having gorgeous weather here in So Cal definitely does not help.
On Sunday I spent 3.5 hours on the stationary bike and while I got a good heart rate going for most of the time, I just didn't feel at all tired during or after, which means this was not a good substitute for my 20-mile training run which would have left me exhausted. I felt like I could have kept pedaling for the entire day. I went back to the gym on Monday afternoon but my knee was a little sore since I am not used to cycling. I spent about 45 minutes hopping between the bike, the elliptical and the stair climber. I was nervous about putting any weight on my foot. While it was still a workout (and probably by most people's standards a solid one), I personally feel like I haven't done anything in a week. Except maybe "7 minute abs" yesterday which did leave me burning!
Being injured is difficult both mentally and physically but it's hard for me to separate which symptoms are mental and which are actually physical. Here's some examples. I feel like I need to stretch all the time. I feel like I cannot stretch enough, my entire body feels incredibly stiff. I also feel very restless because I haven't been able to expend my energy. Other than that, I feel unfocused, bloated, depressed, angry, and irritable. Doesn't that make you want to come hang out with me?!
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