Thought I’d give you a quick injury update – my ankle x-ray turned out negative, as expected. Apparently, stress fractures don’t usually show up on x-rays, which I find very interesting, so an MRI is the advisable course. I’ve been applying moist heat twice a day and taking aspirin twice a day as prescribed by my doctor, and although the pain is definitely less, it’s still there. So we’ll see what happens.
I made my MRI appointment this morning after confirming with insurance that I didn’t need to be pre-certified or have to see an orthopedist first, and I’m scheduled for 7am on Wednesday morning. Good times. I’m just happy that it’s not a head MRI – that’s a bit claustrophobic for me I’ve found! So hopefully I’ll have some answers by the end of the week.
I read that I can cycle and swim (or run in the pool) if I am recovering from a stress fracture, so I’m hoping to get the okay asap from my doctor to at least do that. I feel like I could run a half marathon today because I’m so antsy from not running. It’s very frustrating!
I’ve been doing a lot of reading on stress fractures too, which I learned are more common for women, and once you have one, you’re more prone to them. So if that’s what this is, I’ll need to be a lot more sensible about my training in the future. I’m still hoping that I can do the half in September, but we’ll have to see how things go. If it’s not a stress fracture, I might be able to be back to running by next week (it’s been 9 days since my last run), but if it IS a stress fracture, I’m looking at 6-8 weeks of no running. Urgh.
I’ll let you know what the MRI results are!