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Hi folks. I've been down for the last 3 weeks with mild soreness in my left thigh 3-4 inches above the knee. X-rays at the Dr tuesday (2 days ago) were neg. He said if the pain continues he'd try a bone scan. Even walking a short time at the mall 2 nights ago I was limping. So wth do I do now? Run, don't run? I also have a backpacking trip sched'd for the 8th that I want to take also. <img alt="sad2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad2.gif">
 

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If it hurts to walk, I'd be inclined to not run. It seems counter-intuitive to do so. And if it's just something that will resolve with rest, you could be good by the 8th...
 

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X-ray will not show a stress fracture. You will need a bone scan (painless.)If you suspect SF, DO NOT RUN - I did that before I knew what I had and I made it way worse. <img alt="sad2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad2.gif"> Hop up and down on the bad leg - if it hurst - bad sign. If hopping not a problem, maybe a good sign. But still get the BS if pain does not go away. Hope it is just a muscle pull that goes away.<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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I would say to stay off of it as much as possible and go for the bone scan if it doesn't improve. Here's my Femoral Stress Fracture Story:<br><br><br>
Last year I had a stress fracture in my distal Left Femur. My pain was relayed to my hip, so my hips were x-rayed first. I was then sent for a bone scan which showed some bone healing in my distal femur. Upon X-ray, the fracture WAS visible. Since it was an unusual spot for such a fracture and due to my age, I was sent for an MRI with contrast to rule out any type of Cancer or other injury. The results came back as a stress fracture. I was on no lower body exercise (upper body weights only) for about 2 months and then returned to no impact exercise for a month. After those three months another x-ray was taken, the fracture was healing and I was back to light running. 5 months after the fracture I paced at Umstead for 12.5 miles and ran a fast trail 10K a few weeks later. I was back to training for Ultras and running them by August. I followed the doc's orders to the letter, since he said that if I didn't this injury could knock me back a year. Was the doc you saw and Orthopod? My Doc sent me to the orthopod and that's who found the stress fracture.
 

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The stress fracture in my tibia was diagnosed through an MRI as an x-ray won't show it. I was in a fracture boot for about 3 months, then another MRI. I thought I was OK, so I started walking on a treadmill, and the pain came back. Then I called the doctor to get the MRI results - still not completely healed. So now I'm back to resting it.
 
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