Today was D Day aka doctor day. Actually it was Super Doctor day given he is a specialist sports doctor who knows a thing or two about bodies and how they function. And more importantly what’s gone wrong and how to fix it. A perennial problem of mine.
It’s been about 2 years since I last saw him. Back then it was my right hammy which was causing me grief. Now it’s my left…or so I thought…
After some poking and prodding (he has this knack of finding the painful points), and having to lie this way and that, he informed me that he thought I may have a tear of the adductor magnus and possibly the semitendinosis. Sounds impressive?!
The adductors are the inner thigh muscles and the adductor magnus is particularly prone to injury especially in sports involving sudden acceleration. Oh this is all sounding so very familiar!
The latest problem which is preventing me from walking comfortably is secondary gluteal tightness and probable inflammation of the upper rectus femoris/TFL and/or sartorius. What is happening is that due to the primary injury other muscles have had to take up the slack and obviously they’re not coping.
So…I’m having an ultrasound scan, and injection if required, on 18/9. Fingers crossed not too much damage has happened to my adductor magnus etc. I have a couple of stretches to do in the meantime, as well as apply voltaren gel to various spots. And until I can walk any distance comfortably again I can use the xtrainer.
He’s confident that I’ll be walking NY marathon, just not quite at the pace I had planned. At this rate I’ll just be happy, and relieved, to make the start line.
This morning I did 45min on the xtrainer which apparently equated to 7.4km. It’s more a psychological issue for me – staying in the one spot drives me insane but I’ve gotta do what I gotta do.
Tomorrow it’s more of the same before I leave for Manly and a Very Important Date: Nikki and Dave’s wedding