The other day I FINALLY got into the Ottawa hospital for a bone scan. I started the whole process back in June when I booked an appointment with my family doctor. The whole process took about 4 weeks, which isn’t too terrible. Not sure how it works in other countries. The Ottawa Hospital takes care of bone scans around here, so on Tuesday I went and had a bone scan done on my legs. No big deal – you go in, get an initial scan after they shoot some radioactive junk into you. You come back a few hours later and have another longer scan done. Totally painless and pretty easy (no waiting or anything for me).
The results came in today and you are totally not going to believe this:
Stress fracture evidence in BOTH legs…..
That is right – BOTH legs. Yet I’ve never felt any pain on the right leg. If you are thinking “the hell?!?” – you are thinking just like I am.
So a few things to note:
1) My leg pain was NEVER super painful. Yes – I limped 2 weeks before the Ottawa Marathon but it was never super painful
2) It feels fine now and as I mentioned, I’ve NEVER felt pain on the right leg – I am pressing on my shin right now and I cannot even tell you where a “tender spot” is….
So I really don’t even know what to think about that. I would like to talk to my own doctor, but she is on holidays. The substitute doctor didn’t even talk to me, but the receptionist talked to me. She said the doctor wanted to know if it was “healing” – how am I supposed to know that? Does it feel better? Yes! Did I take enough time off? Maybe? I basically ran 2x from the half marathon (May 25) til July 7th. There is still a spot on my left shin that is there – but it doesn’t hurt like before. I’ve also run 70KM in July which is the most I’ve ever run (highest was 62 in May). I’ve been sticking to my new routine and being very strict about my weekly mileage and not over-doing and not going too fast.
Of course now I’m worried I’m going to do a Krista Duchene and fully break my leg on a run….
It makes me think of other things too – Female athlete triad is common – BUT one of the big symptoms of that is amenorrhea. I’m perfectly A-ok in that department – never ever had a problem with that. Disordered eating? Have you seen me eat? Sure I could stand to eat more veggies and I avoid certain foods when travelling – but I eat everything. It is the osteoporosis factor that is my bigger concern (and will require another talk with my doctor) as it runs in my family (my Dad has it).
So what does this mean for NYC? Well right now, I’m going to call the doctor’s office back and leave a message so my doctor talks to me when she gets back. I can fully cancel NYC and be guaranteed for 2015 – I just would have to pay the entry fee again (oh dear…). My hotel arrangements were all made so that I could cancel with no penalty. I can fully cancel the marathon with a few days notice. Not a big deal.
Am I going to cancel? Right now no…..
I might have to though….