I’ve mentioned my left hamstring hurting before but I haven’t given an update as of lately. It really hasn’t gotten better which is a huge bummer. I knew it was more than just a hamstring pull when one day, I could barely sit because there were sharp pains shooting down my left leg. That left me laying in bed the rest of the day. But I could still feel it. That’s when I knew it had something to do with my back.
I’ve been to a chiropractor before so I made an appointment to see one. I went for the first visit last week and after a few tests, he ordered me to get some x-rays of my lower back in order to look for 2 things:
-Spondylolysis (Spondy): this is where a disc in the vertebrae slides out of alignment with the rest of the discs
-a Stress Fracture of the Lower Spine: much like a stress fractures in the foot or shin, but this one is in the lower spine
So I went to get those x-rays done right away. When I went back to the chiropractor today, he had good news that it was neither a spondy or a stress fracture. Phew! Stress fractures only show up in x-rays 50% of the time but so far, so good.
As for now, the chiropractor is going to treat my back as best as possible. That means going into appointments once a week to be adjusted, manipulated, and tested. If after awhile, my back does not respond to treatment, then he will order the next step which is a bone scan on my lower spine to see if it really is a stress fracture that did not show up on the x-ray.
He told me to stay away from any exercise or movement that is painful. Sadly, that means running. Running makes my leg hurt the absolute worst. It feels okay during the run but afterwards, I can’t even walk. That means, no triathlon on March 24. No half marathon in 2 weeks. Absolutely no running. He said I can cycle, weight train, or go on on the elliptical as long as it doesn’t hurt. But if anything starts to not feel right, he told me to stop.
I am crossing my fingers that all that I need to do is take a few weeks off and then be back to the pavement. At one point, he said that I might have to take 12 weeks off of running. Aye aye aye…
But for now, I will be trying to take it as easy as possible. I’ll be icing my back during downtimes and trying to get back to 100%. Hopefully that 100% comes quickly.
Have you ever had an injury that left you sidelined?