I have suspected anterior Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome. I say “suspected” because my ortho dr. doesn’t think I should bother with the very invasive testing because the only real treatment for it is surgery. He says it’s not like I’m 16 and this is going to affect my career as an athlete. That I’m middle-aged (oh really? ::scowl::) and it’d be better that I modify my activity to exercises that don’t cause my symptoms. He recommends swimming. Good thing I like to swim!
The thing is he couldn’t seem to tell me what may have caused these symptoms. Though, of course, I know but wanted the doctor to tell me so I can feel more assured. I want to tell myself that I’m not quitting because I’m a quitter. That I’m quitting because biologically I can’t do it. Of course that’s the truth but it still seems like a lame excuse.
I had no trouble skating before derby (I could skate for several hours) and now I can only skate for 10 minutes before my legs stop working, they turn to jello and I trip over myself. Same with jogging now. I jog for more than 30 seconds and I feel intense burning. The pain I can get through but then my leg becomes temporarily paralyzed and I get foot drop and I even have trouble walking (I’ve tripped and fallen when not going very slowly).
I’ve been working with a physical therapist for a month and she thinks the front lower leg muscles that I built up when doing derby have gotten bigger and that anatomically there isn’t enough room in my fascia for the muscles during exercises that use my lower leg. Fortunately the PT has worked so that I can take less time recovering after 30 seconds of jogging. However, I’m still very frustrated with this as I used to be able to run 5ks.
I am so bummed about this.
Time to move onto something else. I hope to spend more time blogging here. Thanks for reading, friends.