If you have read my “Meet Jen” page you already know I am an active person. What is an active person to do when they are told not to be active? I feel like I have been grounded! From the Fall of 2012 to Fall of 2013 I was running alot in prep for three races I participated in during that time: The Philadelphia Half Marathon, Broad Street Run (10 miler), and The Rock N’ Roll Half Marathon. Between the Broad Street Run and Rock N’ Roll races I started to have ankle pain, but pushed forward. After the last race hip pain followed.
Finally in October of 2013 I went to see Orthopedics. My hip was no longer an issue so tests were done on my ankle alone. Conclusion: Bursitis. I thought only older people got Bursitis! I was told to rest and go to physical therapy if I did not feel better. I rested as much as I could. I could have done better, but I can not sit still. Not running or even walking killed me. Rest didn’t help, but I waited until February to finally go to physical therapy. By this time hip pain was back and worse than the ankle. Conclusion now, IT Band syndrome.
I went to physical therapy for about a month, but felt no better. At this point I had not run since September and was still advised not to. I was also told not to ride a bike. I was still allowed to walk and swim. Swimming though caused discomfort in both joints, so walking was the only exercise I felt comfortable doing.
My doctor wanted to see me again before writing another script for physical therapy in March. I have a history of muscle trigger points or knots, pretty much all through my back. I now had these triggers in my legs as well. Dr. Greene decided to test me for Lyme’s Disease and other inflammatory issues such as Rheumatoid Arthritis. Tests were negative so on I went for an MRI.
The MRI freaked me out! I don’t think I will willingly have that test done again. Conclusion from this test, bursitis in the hip with gluteal tendonitis. Who gets tendonitis of their gluteals? Me! Now back to physical therapy I go. I was walking about 2.5 miles 3-4 times per week, sometimes more if the weather and my schedule allowed. Now I have been told to only walk 1 mile max. What?
These feet are made to move!
This is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. I have already seen some weight gain since the Fall. Yes, dietitian’s gain weight just like everyone else. My way of eating worked well when I was so active, but like many people my decreased activity and my usual way of eating created an imbalance. Now I have to be even less active.
These shoes will not stay empty, but will not get used as much for a little while.
Last Wednesday was my first physical therapy appointment with a new therapist. I know I have to be a good girl and listen to them if I want to be active again. Brian, my PT, says he will try to get me back to walking, running, swimming, and even to Zumba again. For now I am walking 1 mile per day, getting back into yoga, and putting together my new ballet barre to beginning a new workout routine.
Stay tuned for updates!