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New diagnosis, questionable marathon

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

After the Unplugged half marathon last Saturday, I have had quite a bit of pain. So, I went to the chiropractor today complaining about my piriformis again. He decided to do a complete reevaluation. I started having this pain (butt, low back, hamstring) on and off for the past 3-4 years. After the reevaluation, he told me that he now thinks it is Sacroiliac Joint dysfunction. After doing lots of research on the web, I believe he is right. Now I have to go do PT, actually focusing on the SI joint as the root problem and the low back/butt and hamstring pain as a result of the SI (not the sciatic, as was earlier diagnosed). Some of the exercises and stretching that I had learned and have been practicing to alleviate the butt/back/hamstring pain could have actually been exasperating the SI joint dysfunction. UUUggghhh!

Part of me is relieved, but I know that I have an uphill battle to recover and build the strength to deter re-injuring it. He gave me the go ahead to run, but I have to ice after. I will have biweekly massage, which we really can't afford. Sitting for long periods of time really hurts and the pain wakes me up in the night and I actually have to walk around a bit before I can go back to sleep.

So, I ran my six mile run today with a SI belt on that helps me stabilize the joint so that it doesn't slip out of position. It went ok, but I am definitely slower and it gets painful after the 4th mile. I don't know how this is going to effect my marathon training. I have 6 weeks left and I have come this far and will be very disappointed if I can't run in it!! My chiropractor, who is excellent by the way, thinks he can relieve the pain enough so that I can finish it.

Another option is getting a cortisone shot right into the SI joint. I don't know if that is even possible to do before the marathon because it usually takes a few months to get an appointment. It also costs a lot of money and we have a huge deductible on our health insurance.

I have decided to keep training and take it day by day. I will have to mentally prepare for the possibility that I will not be able to run the marathon.
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  • FOST40
    I suffer from SI joint dysfunction. The si joint injection doesn't get rid of the pain but it does lessen it. I went to PT and found out that my right hip gets out of alignment which is causing me issues. A pain management doctor will help with injection.
    1280 days ago
    Good luck with everything. I generally think that if something CAN be fixed, a good chiro is the one to do it. They just seem to get "get" how it all fits together. Sending healing thoughts your way!
    1648 days ago
  • HEIDI-25
    Quite honestly, your health is most important- no matter what. Yes it would be disappointing not to do the marathon but there can be others you can train for. Be smart, do what you can to get well. Good luck! I'll be checking on you.
    1649 days ago
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