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9/25/07 10:56 P

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I'm sorry to hear that you will be experiencing some down time while you recuperate. I know others on the board have had similar injuries, they may be able to offer advice on alternative exercises you may be able to do. Although you are unable to take anti inflammatories, maybe ask your doctor if you can take over the counter supplements. You might consider taking glucosamine with chondroitin and MSM for the pain and swelling. Also fish oil, flax oil and evening primrose oil have natural anti inflammatory qualities as well. I hope you recuperate quickly!

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9/25/07 7:17 P

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I went to the doctor today. I strained a ligament on the inside of my knee. I don't remember the name of it but it runs from the inside around to the front of the knee. The doctor said it will take about 2 weeks to heal up. Unfortunately with my history of ulcers, I cannot take an anti-inflammatory. She just said to ice it, take it easy and don't resume running until I am pain free.

This is so frustrating, as I am a very active person and being down with an injury is driving me crazy. And, of course, I am worried about my weight loss goal not being able to do much. Thanks to all of you for your support. I greatly appreciate it.

Two are better than one,
Because they have a good reward for their labor.
For if they fall, one will lift up his companion,
But woe to him who is alone when he falls,
For he has no one to help him up.
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9/25/07 12:18 P

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Hopefully your knee will feel better soon. But be careful! The advice given so far has been great. Definitely see a doctor to see what they recommend.

I had to learn the hard way. At work here I grabbed a water cooler container that was tipping, and tore the ligaments in my right forearm. At first I thought it was just something small, and self treated, but I ended up doing myself more harm than good. It has now taken over 4 months, physio treatments, and I'm just now getting back to lifting weights slowly. I had no idea how what seemed like one small injury could really be something much bigger!


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9/25/07 8:15 A

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I think that almost everyone can run if they want to. :-) Once you've healed up you'll be back at it in no time. Be careful though. If you've had three days off and the pain is getting worse, it's likely not a simple injury. I would consider talking to a doctor sooner rather than later. It may be that you need to be on crutches for it to heal or that you need stronger anti-inflammatories or a knee brace. By walking on it (and wearing high heels!) you may be making the injury worse. Be careful!

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9/24/07 8:29 P

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To all of you who responded, THANK YOU! I have not ran since Friday and today the pain is the worst. Of course, I wore 3 inch heels yesterday and I think that may have made things worse. I will take time off, ice and heat treat the knees and hopefully be on the mend soon. If it doesn't get any better in the next week or so, I will see a doctor.

Aaaggghh, I'm so frustrated. I am determined to run since I have never been able to endure for any length of time. Is it possible that I just will not ever be able to run? Or is it just a matter of healing up and getting back to it?

Two are better than one,
Because they have a good reward for their labor.
For if they fall, one will lift up his companion,
But woe to him who is alone when he falls,
For he has no one to help him up.
~Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Together we can reach our goals!




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9/24/07 5:27 P

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As hard as it may be, take time off until the pain is gone. Taking a couple of days off can prevent a more serious injury. Even though I knew better, I "ran through the pain" of a small hamstring injury to run my second half marathon back in May. I'm *just now* able to get back to running with any speed or distance.

Maybe you can do something like riding a bike for a few days to keep up your fitness. It's excellent cross training and is easy on the joints.

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9/24/07 5:16 A

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Maddy's right. You should see a doctor to rule out anything serious.

I was very heavy when I started running, and for the first two weeks my knees ached so bad I could hardly stand it.

The doctor found nothing wrong physically and she advised me to elevate my legs after a run and put ice packs on my knees. I would come home, lay on the bed, with my feet up on the wall and gel packs on my knees for about 15 minutes. I don't need to do that anymore.

Good that you got new shoes - wrongly fitted shoes can cause all kinds of problems...check with your doctor and hopefully you'll get the go ahead to run again soon!

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9/24/07 2:18 A

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Please, please, please - if you can afford it, go see a Physio to make sure you haven't seriously hurt yourself.

If there is pain - don't run! I've been where you are now and "ran thru the pain". Lets just say its been nearly four months since I've done any serious running. The worst part is, once you've injured your knee, you're more prone to injuries.

Take my advice, from someone who really wanted to run and did so without listening to her body, its not worth it. Do the right thing. Take rest days, don't run every day and if it hurts, STOP and seek professional helf.

Take care of yourself.



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9/24/07 1:54 A

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I have never been a runner. One of my life goals is to run a marathon. So to get started in the world of running I began the Couch to 5K program last week. The first 2 days went great. The 3rd day my knees hurt so bad from the get go. I went ahead and ran through the pain. However, I have been in pain all weekend from it. I started doing a little research on coolrunning.com and found out I had the wrong shoes. So I remedied that today and got some running shoes for my overpronation. Now I'm not sure what to do. Do I stay off my knee for a few days and let it rest or do I just keep running? If I have to let it rest, I'm so bummed. I was really proud of my consistency and progress last week that I am really motivated for week 2. Any suggestions?


Two are better than one,
Because they have a good reward for their labor.
For if they fall, one will lift up his companion,
But woe to him who is alone when he falls,
For he has no one to help him up.
~Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Together we can reach our goals!




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