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Has anyone here ever had a stress fracture in their tibia?<br><br>
I've had a bad pain in my right shin for the past 3 weeks, but it's been a different pain from shin splins (which I use to suffer from all the time in middle school and high school). Over the past week, the pain has progressively gotten worse and I can barely stand to walk right now. I have suspected a possible stress fracture since the end of last week, but continuted to run (including a 10.5 miler on Saturday), which I am now regretting. I had put off seeing my Doctor because I HATE going to the Doctor, but finally realized I have no other choice! I have no reason to hate going, I just do.<br><br>
I finally caved today and called my doctor and the earliest they can get me in is the end of the day on Thursday. Other than riding the stationary bike at my house (which I hate, but will do) - is there any other activity I can do until I am properly diagnosed?
 

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Swim? Don't take my word for it. I don't know enough about this stuff, but that's the first thing that comes to mind.
 

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I <heart> swimming...but my sophomore year of high school about 1 month after I joined the swim team, I developed a severe allergy to chlorine. Let me tell you - a small piece of me died when that happened <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"><br><br>
Thank you though! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Ah, sorry, that really sucks. Hmmm...what else can you do? You want to elevate your heart rate, right? SGH might be able to help here...
 

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I'll try -- the chlorine allergy makes it tough!<br><br>
Cycling (stationary, spin class, outdoor if the weather's agreeable) is probably your best bet since even walking is hurting you. I made up intervals on the bike last night and just imagined I was running. No it wasn't running, but it helped and I enjoyed the workout much more than I thought I would.<br><br>
You can also use the down time to condition through weights, pilates, etc. Yeah, I should take my own advice!<br><br>
I'm in the non-weight-bearing boat too. It sucks but if it gets you back out on the road quicker, it's worth it!
 

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nothing to add here but wishes that you're back on your feet quickly!<br><br>
and you should look into moving to the East Coast, Giggly. You're not allegic to salt, are you? If not, we have LOTS of places here for you to swim in!
 

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SGH - Thanks for the tips! I've always wanted to try pilates, but never made the time. Now might be a good time to start. I hope you heal up VERY VERY quickly!!! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Diablita - I have been begging the DH for years to move somewhere South-ish and with a coastal area...I think maybe I'm starting to break him down slowly <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"> It's why I force some many vacations to beachy areas - so I can play in the salt water and sand!
 

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Giggly -- I saw in the VRAA thread you saw a Dr.? What happened?
 

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I saw my doctor for the 1st time today. Like me, he suspects that it is possibly a stress fracture. He sent me to get an x-ray (which I know won't show anything unless it has started to heal). Everything went exactly as I had planned until right before I left the x-ray clinic - and it has me perplexed.<br><br>
The x-ray tech takes 2 x-rays of my right leg and then goes to check to make sure they are good. She is gone (just across the hall) for 5-10 minutes. She comes back and tells me that she got everything she needs and I am good to go. Then she asks me some questions...<br><br>
"How long has this been hurting?" About 3 weeks or so<br><br>
"Did you get injured?" No - I haven't fell or done anything that would have hurt my shin<br><br>
and then....<br>
"Did you hear a pop or snap sound?" No...<br>
(Why would I hear a pop or snap sound from my shin. Knees pop, ankles pop, shins are quiet. LOL!)<br><br>
After I answered no, she told me the radiologist would look over my x-rays and call my dr in the morning.<br><br>
Ok, so why did she ask those questions. Did she something on my x-ray? Was she just making conversation with me? I'm not worried about it - but I'm just confused about why she would ask me about the popping or snapping.<br><br>
SGH - When do your MRI results come back? Tomorrow? I have fingers and toes crossed!!!
 

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That is strange about the questions. I don't want to speculate, but I'd be wondering too. When do you see the Dr. again? If it is a stress fracture, the recovery is pretty cut and dried, at least.<br><br>
MRI results tomorrow at 10. My SO practices in the hospital (in pediatrics, so nothing to do w/adult feet!) and went in to look at the results on the computer. He said they showed sprains of two tendons and a ligament. I'll see what the orthopedist says tomorrow about the official diagnosis and treatment.
 

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I ass-u-me that my Dr will call me when he gets the x-ray results in the morning. He is usually really good about talking to me over the phone and not making me come back in. But really I have no idea. *shrug*<br><br>
Please update us tomorrow after you meet with your doc. It so hard to be still and non-active while a sprain is healing - I can't imagine what it would be like with your foot. ((((SGH and her poor foot)))) Your SO looking at your results made me laugh. My mom's husband also works in a hospital and always looks up her results before she meets again with her doctor. She usually knows 2 days early and acts like a know-it-all when her doc diagnoses her. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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my sis had tibial stress fracture last year....over-training for a half mary<br><br><br>
She is not a swimmer, so she did a schlitzload of road biking and lifting to X-t<br><br>
I believe she was doing short easy jogs within 9-10 wks. [???maybe???]
 

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Giggly, have you heard anything yet?
 

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I called at noon and they didn't have the report from the radiologist yet - so it will be Monday before I know anything. GRRRR!!!!!<br><br>
Now I have to promise NOT to do anything this weekend - since I don't want to make it worse if it is really is injured. Not that I can even walk across the room without wincing, so I don't think it will be that hard to keep me down. LOL!
 

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I was diagnosed with a tibial stress fracture last year- it totally sucked. My doctor told me the only surefire to diagnose it was by a bone scan, is this an option for you?<br>
My sports medicine doctor wouldn't allow me to do any weight-bearing excercise at all so that meant no cycling and she had me on crutches. It's been a really long slog and I'm still no where close to being 100%. I took calcium suppliments and I think that helped in my healing but make sure you drink lots of water too or you'll get backed up if you know what I mean. Good luck!
 

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Giggly, any updates?<br><br>
Have you got access to a pool to hold off some of the running withdrawal insanity? <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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I do have the option of either a body scan or MRI - but the problem is I have junky health insurance and I would have to pay for most of it out of my pocket. Trying to justify spending $1200+ right now - when I have more important things going on is tough.<br><br>
I am still waiting to hear from the doc and my patience is wearing VERY thin right now...<br><br>
And yes, I'm starting to think it might be worth making my allergies flare up if I get in a pool and "run". I'm about to go out of my mind because I feel like there is nothing I can do without making it hurt.
 

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Yes, I am in fear of the bill I'll get for that MRI, but it was worth it because what showed up was different than the Dr.'s clinical diagnosis.<br><br>
Let me know if you do some pool running -- I have some handouts and a couple workouts from my coach.<br><br>
Hope you hear something and can start treating it soon!
 

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FINALLY! The x-ray results are back and they are negative! So, now my dr wants to get me scheduled for an MRI soon. However, I called my running coach and he wants me to come down sometime this week so he can "poke on me". He and I both agree that it is silly to pay that much money for an MRI - when no matter what the results come back, the outcome will be the same - rest until it feels better. So depending on his poking and prodding, I should have a recovery schedule sometime this week.<br><br>
And my running partner (god bless her soul - I love her) keeps sending me links to runs and says "We have to do this!" Well, until I feeling better and know that I can handle it, I'm not signing up for anything. I'm not the kind of person who ever says no...so this is just killing me! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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One of the things the nuclear medicine guy told me when I thought I had a stress fracture in my ankle was to take a really hot bath, as hot as you can possibly stand it. If it hurts during the bath, its probably a stress fracture.
 
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