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How NOT to freak out over possible Stress Fx

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Post  wrichman Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:11 pm

If you've ever had a Stress fx, then you're probably like me - the minute you feel a pain on your foot or shin you freak out and a big red Stress fx alarm goes of in your head. Long story short, Wed I had pain on top of my foot when I pressed on it and kinda hurt to hop on the one foot. Didn't run yesterday and imagined my 2 huge Spring races going down the drain. I saw my doc this morning, got an MRI for diagnosis, and found out this afternoon it's not a Stress fx - just some tendonitis. Huge relief.

One of my running friends gave me a tip tonight:
If you have pain, mark the spot w/ a pen or marker. Stress fx pain is very localized, so if the pain moves around it's most likely not a stress fx. Hmmm....perhaps that would have saved me a doc. visit and MRI cost.
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Post  fostever Sat Mar 10, 2012 12:44 pm

Thanks, having similar pain on the outside of my left foot about 1/3 the length from my little toe. It kind of radiates from a point on my ankle so I realize it is has to do with the chain from my weak ankle that I severely sprained in 2007. Have 16 miles to do this weekend so I'll need to be careful. Hope yours improves.
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Post  mountandog Sat Mar 10, 2012 7:37 pm

wrichman wrote:If you've ever had a Stress fx, then you're probably like me - the minute you feel a pain on your foot or shin you freak out and a big red Stress fx alarm goes of in your head. Long story short, Wed I had pain on top of my foot when I pressed on it and kinda hurt to hop on the one foot. Didn't run yesterday and imagined my 2 huge Spring races going down the drain. I saw my doc this morning, got an MRI for diagnosis, and found out this afternoon it's not a Stress fx - just some tendonitis. Huge relief.

One of my running friends gave me a tip tonight:
If you have pain, mark the spot w/ a pen or marker. Stress fx pain is very localized, so if the pain moves around it's most likely not a stress fx. Hmmm....perhaps that would have saved me a doc. visit and MRI cost.

Ha -- same thing as me 2 weeks. I stopped freaking after the x-ray. skipped the mri. but was definitely concerned for a few days.
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Post  John Kilpatrick Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:24 pm

wrichman wrote:If you've ever had a Stress fx, then you're probably like me - the minute you feel a pain on your foot or shin you freak out and a big red Stress fx alarm goes of in your head. Long story short, Wed I had pain on top of my foot when I pressed on it and kinda hurt to hop on the one foot. Didn't run yesterday and imagined my 2 huge Spring races going down the drain. I saw my doc this morning, got an MRI for diagnosis, and found out this afternoon it's not a Stress fx - just some tendonitis. Huge relief.

One of my running friends gave me a tip tonight:
If you have pain, mark the spot w/ a pen or marker. Stress fx pain is very localized, so if the pain moves around it's most likely not a stress fx. Hmmm....perhaps that would have saved me a doc. visit and MRI cost.

Interesting - as it turned out, I have a pelvic stress fracture that I'm working through - mine was hard to pinpoint because the problem area seemed to move around - sometimes in front, sometimes in my glutes, sometimes higher and sometimes lower - definitely not pinpointed to one area (which I still can't quite figure out). Guess it all depends on where the SF might be. I actually had the opposite experience. If I would of gone and had an MRI done a long time ago I could of sped up the healing process. I thought it was a pulled muscle and ran on it (painfully I might add) for some time before figuring out what it was.

Great news that you are not dealing with a SF - at least now you know that you are not hurting it worse! Hope it feels better soon.

fostever wrote:Thanks, having similar pain on the outside of my left foot about 1/3 the length from my little toe. It kind of radiates from a point on my ankle so I realize it is has to do with the chain from my weak ankle that I severely sprained in 2007. Have 16 miles to do this weekend so I'll need to be careful. Hope yours improves.
Dang - sorry Steve - hope yours gets better soon as well.

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Ha -- same thing as me 2 weeks. I stopped freaking after the x-ray. skipped the mri. but was definitely concerned for a few days.

Great news - I had an xray done looking at my femur - turned out negative of course but then weeks later figured out that it was a pelvis. Hope your training continues to go well and it is behind you!!!

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