Sports medicine doctor tomorrow…

I have so far avoided turning this blog into a rant about my chronic joint issues, for which I think we are both grateful, but I have been posting updates when they come. Tomorrow (not today as previously expected), I will be seeing a sports medicine doctor and looking for a cause for my woes. Which are not few.

Intermittent numb toes, pain on the outside of my foot and ankle, pain and nerve pain on the outside of my knee, swelling over the tibial fibular joint, intermitten swelling around the patella tendon, ITB inflammation, tightness and mucscle cramps in my small gluteal muscles, lower back pain, muscle cramping under my right shoulder and up into my neck, and for the past three months increasingly serious tendonitis in my wrist and now elbow. Yes, I am in fact falling apart. I have no structural damage in my knee, says two MRI’s, and three surgens, two of which are heads of the programs in two respective hopsitals. I have no permanent nerve damage or compression, courtesy of two neurologists. One neurosurgen thinks I could have an instability which allows for temporary compression of nerves, but none of the orthopedics surgens can agree which joint this is happening in. Last year I had a femoral resection where they changed the shape of the neck of my femur to correct a femoral acetabelor impingement, which now apparently has excellent or almost too much movement and the hip surgen is happy. I have been in physio for over a year, and since January have been on a break. This is when the tendonitis in the wrist started so I like to tell myself he was really helping.

It all could be explained with a foot ankle instability, and apparently I have borderline damage in three ligaments and scar tissue between the two leg bones. Given the choice between a surgen appointment and a sports medicine doctor, I chose the later. They can determine if I need a surgen, and give me exercises to do during the what I expect will be many week wait. If the sports medicine doctor cannot find a cause for this, I will be going to see a rheumatologist and see if I maybe have an auto immune disease. Which may or may not sound like hypochondria, or people reading this may be saying OMG you haven’t looked for systemic diseases yet?

Which may or may not be relevant for the increasingly strong glasses prescriptions I had to get over the past two years, losing an awful lot of skin off of my feet, low level persistent anemia, getting “almost sick” often, aka feeling crappy and having a small fever, and some weird kidney issues. All of which actually could be hypochondria.

But wait, you say, didn’t I just read a snowshoeing trip report from you? Are you mad woman, you must just be whining. Well, my point there is that it hurts to sit, it hurts to lay down, it hurts to walk, so why the hell not have fun? Also, officially, all of the surgens have signed off on all of my sports, and while my physio prefers I didn’t run, he doesn’t think anyone should run.

Sigh, anyway, rant over, I will let you guys know what she says tomorrow, and hopefully, fingers crossed, you are in for physio rants in the near future. I miss that dude torturing me. Cross your fingers for some insight faithful readers!


About adventuresunplugged

The world is a really cool place. I moved to Zurich almost three years ago to start my PhD, and have really enjoyed the different opportunites living close to the Swiss alps offered. This blog is about some of my adventures, climbing, mountaineering, rock climbing, traveling... life in general! Wow, haven't updated this bad boy in some time! While the above is still true I have gone on to finish the PhD, so that is Dr Unplugged to you. I also have landed a job in Switzerland and will be shortly moving to Geneva. Clearly I have some adventures ahead left to explore with you guys along for company!
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6 Responses to Sports medicine doctor tomorrow…

  1. Best of luck! I know how frustrating injuries can be.

    • Thank you for the well wishes. It has been an annoying adventure but the sports medicine doctor was very helpful. We have some quantitative tests scheduled, she thinks surgery is not a good option, but that we targeted, monitored progress we can improve the situation!
      Also apparently my feet are too small, I didn’t know that was a medical thing :-).

      If you are also recovering stay strong!

      • Good news! I was glad to avoid surgery, also. I had a knee injury… Two years out from it and feeling stronger every day. Hope your road to recovery is swift and smooth!

      • Eeeee knees are torture! I hope that it is healing well and you keep getting stronger every day.

        I actually had to have hip surgery because of the accident last year, so it has been a bit bumpy to say the least but I think that it is now turned the corner and we are going to make some progress!

        I am a bit anxious, I know its going to suck actually doing all the physio and the exercises and I am worried it will never get totally pain free, but I am also excited to think of how much more effective my training will become once my body isn’t wasting half its energy pushing joints in the wrong direction :-). The mental aspects of recovery is tough! It’s almost hard to hope for improvement because I don’t want to get let down!

        Ah, anyway, keep reading and I am sure you will get to follow the recovery in more than enough detail. Thanks for the words of encouragement!

  2. Carry Porter says:

    Your PT prefers you don’t run and mine doesn’t want me to ride motorcycles or ice climb for the same reason. Good thing we can take advice with a grain of salt…

    • 🙂
      Well, they probably have valid points. In terms of joint stress, running is horrible. Even if we like it, it doesn’t make it less bad for our joints. I feel like they give this advice with the sense like a doctor would say ‘please don’t eat any cake’. Knowing you really will anyway. He didn’t forbid it, he just said it wasn’t ideal. I think sometimes they give it with a grain of salt too, or at least the wise ones do!

      Interestingly enough, he approves of ice climbing and climbing in general!

      Good luck with your physio adventure though, it’s fun eh?

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