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Is this a stress fracture?

Discussion in 'General Health/Fitness & Injuries' started by pmh, Aug 30, 2005.

  1. pmh

    pmh Well-Known Member

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    I haven't been able to use my treadmill for the last 5 days. I have a pain in my left calf/shin. It's hard to pinpoint the exact location because it feels like its down the entire bone but I could be wrong. This isn't shin splints because the pain is on the outer edge and doesn't feel like shin splints.

    The last few treadmill sessions I have got off and struggled to walk, I assumed it was just a case of getting used to the quicker speed. I was doing 40 minutes and I managed to work my way from 7.5km/h to 10km/h over the last 2 months.

    Now I'm in pain just walking so does anyone know of a good web site where I can self diagnose and possibly get some physio exercises? It would take at least a few weeks to see a doctor and then about 4 months to get to see a physio here so I need to treat myself.

    I'm still weight training so I am still able to carry on my cutting phase but ideally I need to run just to get fit and for health reasons.

    Any advice is most welcome, thank you.
     
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    brezman Well-Known Member

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    webmd.com
     
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    Hort Well-Known Member

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    Can I ask where you live that a doctor is 5 weeks away? No urgent care?
     
  4. pmh

    pmh Well-Known Member

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    I said a few weeks not 5 :).. then a long wait to see a physio. When my back was giving me severe pain it took about 4 months to see a physio. I'm in the UK and the NHS is a pile of crap so I prefer to treat myself.

    I wouldn't go to urgent care for a sore calf, urgent care or A & E as we call it is for life and death stuff not sports injuries. One of the triggers for my new healthy lifestyle was seeing the crap hospital care over the last 12 months with family members, I would prefer to visit a local vet than a doctor... and I'm not joking either.
     
  5. Skoorb

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    Having lived in canada for most of my life I was going to guess there. I guess he's in the UK though. Ah, isn't free health care great? Yesterday morning, out of the blue, I called a podiatrist here (US) and I see him tomorrow. No emergency. I just want to see him. Two days. When I saw a specialist about my back (no emergency) the wait was about a week for a first-time visit. My wife, on hers, had an MRI that day.

    Anyway, goodluck pmh. At the least you need to stay off running until you get this sorted. A girl at work who runs got an MRI done to diagnose, recently, whether her injury to her foot/leg was a stress fracture or not. Worse case she was going to have to stay in a cast for an extra six weeks or so.
     
  6. pmh

    pmh Well-Known Member

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    I'll stay off the treadmill and when I resume it I'll just walk on an incline for a while. I've been using it for 8 weeks so I fail to see why its now I get this however I have been pounding faster so I guess that is why.

    Funnily enough, it is easier this afternoon, I am hoping it eases over the next few days.
     
  7. jtchen22

    jtchen22 Well-Known Member

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    if you have a stress fracture of your tibia or fibia, it will take a minimum 4-6 weeks, and up to a few months sometimes, to heal properly.

    during that time, you are definately not supposed to hit the treadmill, walk too much, and keep off it, let it rest, etc...

    if you even think you have a stress fracture, you should go to the doctor and ask for xrays and and bone scan. the xrays are there in case it's started to heal (stress fractures don't initially show up on xrays because they're too fine. when they start to heal, which can be 2-3 weeks later, then they will show up), and the bone scan to confirm a negative diagnosis (bone scan will show stress fractures, but usually aren't given just to anybody). bone scans suck cuz they take a lot of time.

    your doctor can tell if you've got a stress fracture. i'd hurry up and get over there. a stress fracture, if abused enough (like trying to run on the treadmill), can turn into a complete fracture, so why even risk it?

    there is also the chance you don't have a stress fracture and u've simply overworked/stretched/sprained muscles/ligaments. if that's the case, then still rest/ice the affected part for a few weeks.

    it's always better to take a few weeks off from anything and let your body rest up, rather than to take months off due to injury.
     

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