My running came for the last week to an absolute standstill. As I was mentioning in my log last week I was starting to feel flare-ups in my hip for the past 2 weeks or so.
I blamed a lot of my lack of stretching and roller foaming for this problem. I was starting to feel numbness and tingling in my left foot in the next coming days.
As a runner I tried to basically “outrun” this problem, by ignoring it and go out for a run anyway. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Last week Tuesday I had to stop my run into Mile 2. I experienced such a great numbness in my left foot that I literally could barely put one foot in front of the other.
I called Jim immediately to pick me up with the car because I knew it was impossible for me to walk back the 2 miles to the house.
I saw a chiropractor the following day. He diagnosed me with Sciatica Pain inflammation. After he examined me he told me that I should have probably seen a chiropractor 2 years ago. He was so right – thinking back I did start noticing nerve tingling in my foot and hip pain 2 years ago. But it was sort of “bearable” that’s why I didn’t take proper care of it. He told me that I was in complete flare-up right now.
So here I am one week later after this incident. Needless to say that I’m not able to “outrun” this problem like I usually do. Since yesterday’s treatment I’m starting to get feeling back into my foot again. I can’t tell you what a relief this is. The tingling is still there, but it really was the numbness that made everything unbearable and scary.
I feel like I’m in good hands with my chiropractor. He specializes in Sports medicine and knows a runner’s body and how our running minds tick. He knows I’m anxious to get back to running as soon as possible and that all these days of complete rest are just torturous for me. But he made it clear to me that if I don’t give my leg the adequate rest it needs and deserves that I will never get rid of these symptoms and maybe face permanent nerve damage. So scary.
So rest and the exercises he prescribed are top priority right now. My hip pain has gotten so much better since the adjustments. I can already feel my body being better aligned and my movements allow so much more range.
Not running is truly one of the hardest things for me. I tried to cheat one time and used the elliptical trainer for one afternoon – but Boy did I regret this one! The pain came back with a vengeance.
So, yes, I will listen to what he says. Absolute rest. Period.
My doctor was mentioning to me that if all goes well he will try to have me run next week for a short distance. Let’s see what happens. I sure hope I will be in better shape.
This painful experience has really taught me to listen to my body more closely. I thought I could just get way with ignoring aches and pains in my body. I used to be under the impression that if I can manage certain mileages that everything was fine, but my body eventually came to a breaking point.
My sciatic nerve pain wasn’t so much the classic a sharp lower back pain, even tough I had this as well. It really represented itself as a major left side knee weakness, calf weakness and foot weakness/numbness, along with pins and needles in calf and my entire foot. I had an MRI done to rule out other possible conditions of course. I always thought of sciatic pain as a lower back and thigh pain only. I didn’t think it would affect my leg from the knee down. When I first experienced it I felt a huge numb drop in my calf and foot. I had feeling left but yet no feeling at the same time. 2 days later the nerve pain became miserable. Day and Night (!) I was living with this “toothache”in my leg. That’s the only way I can describe this sort of “nervy” leg pain. I can really put you on edge and yes, regular pain relief like Ibuprofen did not help.
I hope it will all turn out ok. I have faith in my Dr. My advice to you is “don’t ignore certain aches and pains if they have been going on for more than a few days. ”
As runners we need to accept that running makes our bodies vulnerable to certain achy conditions and we must take proper care of our bodies so we run healthy for as long as possible, which of course is a Beautiful Thing! 🙂