Status = unchanged
So, the knee pain. It’s still here. And I’m still completely stymied by how quickly it emerged. This noise sneaked in out of nowhere over the course of a half-mile stretch on ONE run, after two weeks of time completely off and low-intensity running. I was innocuously jogging along doing nothing out of the ordinary. WTF, knee. I just don’t get you. WHY COULDN’T WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT THIS BEFORE THINGS GOT BEYOND REPAIR?!
I saw the campus sports medicine people a few days ago, and the doctor diagnosed this as some kind of quad strain along with pes anserine bursitis. I’m not too worried about the bursitis. The pain I feel is mostly that “quad”(?) pain at the insertion point alongside the medial kneecap.
I’ve become so used to my injuries magically evaporating overnight that I’m really, REALLY ready for this to go away now. I have essentially taken two full weeks off from any notable form of cardiovascular exercise since the day this pain popped up, and, if we get down to it, I haven’t been very active at all since the Philly marathon.
I do have a rowing machine and have used it a couple times, but, man, I forgot how mentally tough I have to be to make it through any kind of meaningful session on that thing. Lately, every time I thought about taking it down and slaving away inside on it I just… didn’t want to. So I didn’t.
This past month has seen my lowest physical activity since maybe high school. I don’t feel like too much of a slug yet because I usually walk around a lot, and because it was good timing for a rest anyway… but I’m kind of over this “feel-like-half-a-person” and “the-days-don’t-seem-as-wonderful” thing at this point. I want to get moving and sweating again, and I want it to be in the form of running (wouldn’t say no to XC skiing either). I don’t want to be inside. Any motivation I may once have had to tough it out through indoor cross training is entirely absent.
I’ve been doing some really low-intensity body circuits focusing on core work, but yeah, other than that and walking, zilch. I keep convincing myself I’ll be able to run soon, and therefore this is fine.
The doctor said that if I was still in pain after school break, I should come back and we’ll get started on some real physical therapy and maybe a cortisone shot. I mean, after school break? That’s not until January. I really have no plans to be injured until damn-ass January. Unfortunately, I’ve tried a few runs and they usually hurt too much by the ~20 minute mark to warrant continuing on. The thing is, the runs start out feeling completely fine and don’t start hurting until about 10-15 minutes in. Not really sure what that means. I suspect, as with any ache I’ve had in recent years, that this problem stems from some kind of weakness or misalignment in my hips.
I expected to be back to running by now and I’m getting frustrated by the apparent lack of improvement. I also wonder if maybe this pain isn’t as bad as I think it is — maybe I can run through it? If I were training for something, I know I would have pushed this a lot further than I am right now.
Anyway, I guess I just have stretches and exercises to do, and a week’s worth of Naproxen. I’ve never used NSAIDs for an injury before, but I’m already at the point where I’ll try anything so I’m dutifully popping them every 12 hours. To be honest, I wonder if this might do more harm than good — it’s treating a symptom instead of the cause; maybe it’s masking pain that I should be heeding. I was also a little turned off by the immediate suggestion of doing a cortisone shot. Seriously? Again, at the risk of showing off how uninformed I am, what the hell is that going to do to treat the root of the problem? I guess I just feel as if this entire pain was exposed by some combination of weaknesses, imbalances, and misalignments, and I’d be best served to make sure I’m addressing those. Anybody with cortisone shot experience, feel free to share your thoughts.
Yeah, not super thrilled about this. I mean, walking is nice too and I’m glad for the option… it’s just not running…