So I left you all a little in the dark, but there is a reason for that. I am still mostly in the dark myself - about what I can/can't do, what in fact is wrong, and what I need to do, to heal. The only thing I know right now, is that there are two defects/tears in my meniscus, one of which where the cartilage is worn through, and I have another appointment with another surgeon on Thursday (on a side note, I was beyond lucky to get an appointment so quickly, I called just this morning!).
The surgery the first Dr. wanted me to get, is a surgery with a low success rate and a very long, intensive rehab. Not the ideal option, but if it means I won't have chronic knee pain at the age of 24, then I am willing to give it a try. I want to be active well into my life, and don't want to start thinking about knee replacements down the road.
However, once I spoke with a couple of PT's about the results and what the surgeon had told me, I have now decided to get a second opinion before making any decisions...about the surgery, about the marathon, about staying with the surgeon, etc... If ever a Dr. tells you that the answer is surgery, or if in your gut, you know there is something else, ALWAYS get a second opinion.
So until I see the second Dr. and get another round of diagnosis and treatment suggested, I am going to continue to go to PT twice a week, to build up the supportive muscles (hips, hamstrings, calves) to have overall leg health, whether I need surgery or not. I am also going to try to get back up in mileage, slowly, and see how I feel - before, during, after - if there is a lot of pain at any point, especially after, I will back off and wait for deeper answers. As the results stand, easy running will not hurt me any further, and can be done to toleration. So far I have gotten two runs in, and felt really good during and after (besides feeling a little more winded and heavier on my feet than before - but that is to be expected with 4 full weeks off from running).
Tonight was my second run, and I am a little tired, but I got in a really great run. I made it 4.5 miles in 35 minutes, with a 7:46 pace. It is a bit quicker than I intended, but it felt natural, not forced and not painful. I am happy with the run, and excited to see how I feel in the morning.
I stretched, drank lots of water and iced during dinner. Right now I feel OK, a little sore, but not painful. This is a big step for me, and I am trying to be hopeful. I even wore my Zensah calf sleeves for the run, to keep the calf and shin pain down. I don't know how well the sleeves worked, but my calves feel good and my shins are only a little tight.
|If you look close, you can see the ACL scars on both knees, slight scar lines on the medial (inner) side of the knee.|
What do you think about second opinions?
Sometimes I get nervous that the Dr. will be offended, but I have to remind myself, that my well-being is the number one priority.
What are your favorite type of calf sleeves?
I have Zensah and McDavid, I haven't seen world changing effects when I wear them or don't wear them, but maybe I have too big of a size?