May 3, 2013

An MRI and Foot Trouble

For the past month, my left foot has been causing me some pain during running and everyday activities. My doctor saw me several weeks ago and had me undergo an X-ray of my left foot. The x-ray showed nothing specific, so she suggested an MRI if I continued to be bothered by the foot.  Sadly, it was still causing discomfort so an MRI was scheduled for the following week.

Upon arrival on Monday at 2:15 pm, I filled out the necessary paperwork, and was escorted to the testing area where I was given a beautiful set of scrubs in a cranberry color, size XL!  After changing, the technician took me to the room with the MRI machine and quickly I was put into the tunnel.  Being slightly claustrophobic,  they had scheduled me in the "open" machine, but since they were behind schedule they offered the other machine and I agreed.  It did not bother me since my head was outside of the machine, but I never could have been all the way in that tube!
Nice plug for GE!
During the testing, I was shocked by the amount of noise that came from the machine. Despite ear plugs, if was very loud.  At times, I thought I was in a war zone with machine guns and rifles shooting at me with deafening noise.  Finally, after  1 1/2 hours of testing I was released from the machine.  After getting dressed, the technician brought my CD of photos and told me my doctor would have the results in 48 hours.

When the nurse called with my results, I was quite relieved to hear that a stress fracture or multiple fractures were not found.  After sighing with relief, she did tell me that my foot showed signs of arthritis.  Since arthritis runs in my family, I was not surprised with the diagnosis.  Both my Mom and my sister suffer from arthritis, but have managed theirs with not too much trouble, so I am hoping for the same.  I asked the nurse if I was free to resume my running, and she answered yes. Several hours after hearing my results, I put on my running gear and hit the road for 3 miles.

So eager for my run!

I have done a bit of research on running with arthritis and the following information should be helpful.  Running on soft surfaces is highly recommended and also cross training, strength training and working on flexibility.  The last one is probably the one I need to work on most and this week I attended two yoga classes.  Do you run with aches and pains?  Anyone have some tips?
(Pam)

19 comments:

  1. Yikes. MRIs are scary. I had to have one of my head a few years back and I had to be on serious Xanax and I still FREAKED OUT. I'm glad yours wasn't bad at all. I think I could handle only being in halfway. As long as it was my bottom half.

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    1. I could never do a head MRI....they would have to drug me like crazy!

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  2. Yay I know it's scary but I'm glad you got back good news!

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    1. Exactly Kat....now I am getting back to my activities and figuring out how to alleviate some of the pain.

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  3. So glad it wasn't anything serious! And really happy you can still run!!! :-)

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    1. Thanks, me too Mindy, so glad I can run!

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  4. Isn't the MRI machine crazy?! They gave me headphones that played the radio, but I swear I jumped multiple times! I'm SO glad to hear it isn't a stress fracture - and loved that you went out for a run right away! :)

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    1. Yes, I did not like the machine at all. It was way too noisy. I never could have gone in past my waist either, due to claustrophobia!

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  5. So glad Pam that it wasn't too terrible news on your foot. Arthritis hurts....it really does... It runs in both my husband and my family....My husband has been taking Glucoaimine/Chrondroitin for years to help with his knees...some studies say it doesn't make much difference..
    all I know is it makes a Huge difference on him and keeping him running and his knees feeling better.
    I know that Aleve, Tylenol etc..will help with pain...they also say Omega 3's are good for joints etc...
    Your doing GREAT with the crosstraining you do, yoga, bike, etc....
    running on a soft surface is something to think about...some folks love the track for that reason... I love running through the neighborhoods but it is on the street....
    Keep icing your foot and sometimes heat will feel good...
    You looked so cute in that machine Pam with your head out... I don't blame you for not wanting to be all the way in the tube! I had no idea it was so loud...

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    1. Thanks Melissa....I have read about road surfaces for running, and I do like running through my neighborhood. Treadmills are a good option, but sadly I really do not use them unless the weather is terrible. I also take Glucosamine/Condroitin and it probably has helped me too. Exercise is good, so I will definitely keep it up! :)

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  6. Yay for no injury! That's always great news!

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  7. Whew, Pam...so glad it's not a stress fracture! Glad you were able to run after, too! :0)

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    1. Me too Karen! I hope you have a great visit with your Grandpa this weekend!

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  8. I am SO claustrophobic, I hate MRI machines, but if my head was out I may have been ok.

    Glad to hear it's nothing too serious with your foot and that you can resume running! My knees occasionally ache when I run but it comes and goes so I've never worried about it. I used to also get stabbing pains in the arches of my feet but between a different pair of sneakers and yoga I haven't had it in quite awhile (knock on wood!)

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    1. Danielle, the claustrophobia could be a real problem with an MRI. Yoga is a great option for me now and I am hoping the cross training will also help with my running....I still need to go sub 2:00 in my half and my time is so close at 2:02!

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    2. You'll be there in no time! : )

      And let me know if you ever have any yoga questions, I love talking yoga (almost as much as I love talking running, but not quite!).

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  9. Happy to hear it wasn't a stress fracture!

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  10. YAY! Thankful to hear it wasn't a stress fracture!

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  11. Does a shoe’s sole thickness extremely matter once it involves foot problems?

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