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Doctor Told Me I Probably Will Never Run Another Half

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

My right knee has been giving me issues for the past 6 months or so. In October, I visited the doctor & had an MRI. He diagnosed me with Runner's Knee & said it is likely I'll never run farther than 6 miles again.

I'm so sad, frustrated & mad!

I started physical therapy last week. She told me that she could get me running 13.1 again, but she doesn't recommend it. She said she's thinking about my body 10-20 years down the road. And, she doesn't think "anyone" should run more than 6 or so.

These are two people I've trusted & my athletic community trusts. Right now, I don't know what to do.

I decided to join a Galloway program a few weeks ago. If I do a 30 second run, 30 second walk, I'm only running about 6 miles, right? Well, my knee isn't ready. I could do the 3 miles the first two weeks, but my knee ached for days afterwards.

Part of the issue? I'm just so TIGHT! My tendons are tight & so my running form isn't good. If I ever am going to really run again, I need to get that issue fixed.

I started tracking my food again and am on day 3. I had a 'bad' day today, but decided not to run to the kitchen for help! I want to be DONE feeling fat & having my clothes not fit.

Kind of a rambling post, but I need to get back on track. And,my SP friends have helped me so much over the years.

My goal tonight: finish within calorie range (& I did about 15 minutes of pilates!)
My goal tomorrow: 20 minutes of exercise & track food & stay in range

It's the Christmas season! It's supposed to be wonderful & magical! I'm hoping to re-find that magic.

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  • SIMPLELIFE4REAL
    I just got diagnosed with IT band syndrome by my sports medicine doctor. Different from runner's knee, but it also requires PT and rest. I hope things get better for you soon.
    2022 days ago
  • SEATTLESIMS
    I had runner's knee, went to the PT and learned the exercises and stretches I needed and haven't had a problem since.. if I start to feel it coming back, I just work on my stretches and hip flexor strength exercises.. IT band stretches..
    I think if we can identify our individual issues and learn how to manage through strength, stretch etc, there shouldn't be anything we can't do! ;)
    Now if it was a cartilage problem or something like that, I could understand that more, but runner's knee is just a muscle imbalance (my two cents worth). Good luck and have a great holiday season!
    2024 days ago
  • SUGIRL06
    Okay, just want to share my experience though in no doctor and we're all different, healing wise.

    In 2012, I hurt my ankle over exercising (not running). After I gave up that firm of exercise, the pain would reoccur while running and I ended up in a medical boot for a month. I continued to have bone pain fit about a year off and on. Then developed Achilles tendinitis which was very for another year from walking funny. 3 years later now, I can run with no pain at all. My Achilles hurts if I wear bad shoes and walk a lot (barefoot hurts the least!). My point is that it took me 3 years to get over that injury. It will take time. Maybe you won't run far again, maybe you will. Dont rush it though our you could make it worse. I kept running in that bad ankle in the beginning and could have shortened my recovery if I just rested. Hugs and good luck!
    2024 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/3/2015 11:53:04 AM
  • LESLIELENORE
    If the exercise component is giving you fits right now then maybe you should put a little more focus on nutrition for a little while... just until your PT starts to be more effective.
    2024 days ago
  • BILL60
    When I returned from Viet Nam, via a media airplane, I was told by the doctor that, due to wounds received, I would not be able to walk again without a contraption on my knee. I was also told that I would need a new knee. That was 47 years ago and I'm cycling often and long, and walking just fine, without the contraption or a new knee. Bottom line, don't let others decide what you can and cannot do. The body is an amazing apparatus that performs well if you treated well. That's my 2 cents worth.
    2024 days ago
  • JAZZII4
    Stay focused, you can get through this. emoticon
    2024 days ago
  • RECOVERYMAMA
    I'm so sorry for all the frustration you're going through. I hope they find a solution that will work better for you. It's a hard thing to think positive in trying times but when we do we're often surprised. best wishes and don't give up hope!
    2024 days ago
  • KRPOO40
    Keep your head up.. I'm so sorry.. Stay encouraged, stay focused..
    2024 days ago
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