I went to the Chiropractor last week. And before you get all up in arms, he works with many athletes, and not only on back problems. Also, I didn't need a referral and he had the ability to order scans on my knee if necessary. I just had to put that out there because I'm sick of defending that decision to everyone. If one more person says to "but it's not your back that's hurt!", then I may just scream.
So, I went to Dr. G last week and he moved my knee around in every conceivable position and he couldn't feel a damn thing wrong with it. All he could say was that my knee felt solid. Strong like bull. Sort of. He had me stand and doing skiiers lunges and BAM - there was the pain! A little lightbulb went off in his head and he took me into another room. He had me stand in a contraption and then put me into some orthotics. He had me repeat the lunges again and it felt.. a lot better. He's convinced that my flat ass feet are the problem, especially that pesky right side. My right foot is so incredibly flat, so I overpronate. A lot. Shin follows foot and BAM - knee pain. He put the orthotics in my hand and said have a nice life, you don't need to come back if the pain goes away.
It's been almost a week and.. I still feel the same. I don't feel the pain all the time - it depends on how I'm sitting, or the activity that I'm doing. I've tried swimming, the recumbent bike, pilates, Core Fusion bootcamp, and power yoga. I was able to get through all of them but there were parts when the pain hit and it stopped me in my tracks. Yesterday the instructor in my boot camp class actually came over to me to ask if I was okay because of the pained look on my face. I still can't run. Well, I haven't tried, other than trying to jog for the bus, and that wasn't pleasant at all. I really wanted to believe that orthotics could fix me, but I'm really doubting that now. I guess the next step is an orthopedist to see if s/he could figure out where the pain is coming from.
I'm frustrated. And sad. And really bored. Nothing feels as good to me as a good run and I am really missing that in my life right now. I'm also getting fat because my eating hasn't changed and sorry to say, an hour of pilates doesn't burn the same amount of calories as an hour of running. So I'm sad, and feeling like a blimp and I'm clearly in the midst of a huge bout of self-pity. And I know that everyone is trying to be helpful by suggesting what they believe to be the cause, especially since I had been asking, but it's only making me more upset. So, I'm not going to seek out the opinions of anyone except qualified doctors and pracitioners from now on. It's the only way to salvage a tiny shred of my sanity. So thank you, thank you, thank you for all trying to be supportive, I really do appreciate it!
I hope that part 4 of this will be the last I write about this injury. And also that it will end with me feeling kick ass and getting back to running. Fingers crossed..