Posts Tagged ‘tibial stress fracture’

With an official diagnosis of a 90% tibial stress fracture (right leg only), I may yet realize my dream of running a marathon.  I will only need to wear an air cast for three weeks, then one more week of no running after that, then to the doctor to have my running form video taped for analysis.  I am hopeful that whatver caused the stress fracture to begin with will be identified and, with only minor adjustmusts, I can return to training.   Meanwhile, my family will be well represented in the SunTrust Marathon.  My trainer husband coach is running the half marathon tomorrow while my sister-in-law will be running the full.  My neice and her boyfriend will be running the 10K.  I made my husband promise to shout “this one is for Kimmie” as he crosses the finish line.  Meanwhile, I will be teaching a class for UVa all day Saturday-bummer!  If I can’t run the race I would have at least liked to have been there to soak up the atmosphere and bask in the accomplishments of my family.


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On Monday I reported to the hospital for a bone density scan.  This scan is supposed to definitively detect a stress fracture in my shin(s). The test itself was painless; A simple injection of some sort of “radioactive” material and I was told to leave and come back in three hours.  I raced home (car, not legs) and graded some papers and then raced back (still car) for the test itself.  The machine was fairly non threatening and I was even able to hop up onto the table fully clothed-no pesky hospital gown required.  The test itself only took  about 20 minutes and was effortless.  The technician told me that she saw at least two “of my kind” every week.  Get close to a marathon, she says, and the numbers pick up. They are constantly scanning for tibial stress fractures-especially in women.  Who knew?

I return to the doctor tomorrow afternoon at 5:00 to go over the results.  I am feeling not so good about this because a neighbor of mine underwent the same ordeal and was air casted for weeks.  When she was finally given the green light to train, she started working her way slowly back to marathon status.  All was going well until a few weeks ago when she experienced the same pain-IN HER OTHER LEG!  She went to the doctor and sure enough, it was an overuse stress fracture. This time in the other leg.

Tomorrow afternoon I will have a verdict.  Keep your fingers crossed for me-I am not ready to give up my marathon dream yet!

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