This was not something my doctor told me not to do because I stubbornly didn't go to the doctor in the first place. Last March about 2 weeks before a 15 mile event that I actually walked the past couple of years but hope to run most of this year I fell and bruised my hip really bad. I wasn't running, I was squatting at the school bus stop with my 8 year old granddaughter trying to fix the knots in her shoes. I squatted too long and when I went to get up I fell over. I felt okay at first and just embarrassed. But about an hour later my whole right butt cheek was severely swollen and hurt like hell. It was so swollen for a few weeks that my daughters could see the swelling through my jeans. I couldn't hardly sit. I should have gone to the doctor but I didn't. By the time of the event I had signed up for I was able to sit somewhat better and was able to drive the 2 1/2 hours to the event (stayed overnight in a hotel the night before the race though) and did the event. I had such a hard time even walking it and in addition to my body rebelling there were 45 mph winds. My hip didn't hurt so bad to walk but my energy level was so low. I hadn't realized just how much that injury had taken out of my body. I also hadn't been able to do much for the 2 weeks prior to the event. Between water and first aid stations I would think to myself when I get to the next one I'm going to quit and get a ride back to the starting line. It was on a military base and there were support vehicles running back and forth. I made it through because of the inspiration of how many military were out there taking part in that event and how they can't quit but that's about all that kept me going. I hadn't really looked at my leg and hip until a few days after the event because of having to twist around to view it and I just didn't want to look. When I finally did about 3 weeks after the fall I realized that my leg still had a bad bruise from halfways down my thigh up to the small of my back. I should have had it checked for blood clots when I fell if nothing else. So I shouldn't have resisted going to the doctor and I shouldn't have pushed myself to go out and do that event, even walking, when my body was using so many resources to try to heal the injury.
I strained a tendon 7 weeks before my first HM. The doctor didn't say not to run - he just gave me that one-eyebrow-raised side look that pretty much say "doubtful." He said I probably wouldn't make things worse, but that I would hinder healing. I stay off of it and did the ellipitcal and some swimming instead. It didn't hurt on race day, but it swelled up a bit. All in all it took about 8 months until both the pain and swelling was gone.
That was a strained tendon. Surgeries are another story. When you run your body pressure increases. If you have recently had surgery, you're placing pressure on an area that is already compromised, so in very layman's terms, you can easily "blow it out." Not a good thing.
If I'm sick with cold or flu I will run according to how I feel. If I'm coughing, fever, etc. you better believe I'm not even looking for my running shoes. I'm looking for the chicken soup pot.
"God gave you your body as a gift, so you should take care of it." - My Mom
Fitness Minutes: (13,294) Posts: 1,816 11/28/11 11:11 A
Dumbest of the dumb here...... I had hernia surgery a few years ago. At that time I exercised a lot, including running, biking, karate, weights, aerobics, etc... He told me to take a few weeks off. I tried but was running slowly way too soon and tore some stitches. Went back to the surgeon who was really mad. Lesson is that I should have listened, so I now warn all others to heed the doctor's advice.
Fitness Minutes: (13,294) Posts: 1,816 11/27/11 11:44 P
Hey Coach Nancy, That's one of the reasons I created this topic. I don't think I am the only one to run against doctors orders. I would never recommend it to someone else and in fact, would tell them to do what their doctors tell them to do. I agree with every word you stated about the repair process of our bodies. On the other hand, how many of us always do what we are suppose to do? This topic is not to encourage people to run against their doctor's orders. Perhaps I need to clarify a bit so members do not think I am encouraging them. I do appreciate what you stated Coach.
TO ALL TEAM MEMBERS. THIS TOPIC IS NOT TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO GO AGAINST WHAT YOUR DOCTOR OR DOCTORS RECOMMEND AND/OR ORDER FOR YOU. THIS TOPIC WAS NOT CREATED TO MAKE OTHERS FEEL SHEEPISH OR EMBARRASSED FOR NOT FOLLOWING DOCTORS ORDERS. THIS TOPIC WAS CREATED JUST TO SEE HOW MANY OF US BEND OR BREAK THE RULES A BIT. WE ALL DO IT ALL THE TIME. A DOCTOR TELLS SOME OF US TO LOSE WEIGHT - WE GO TO MCDONALDS. A DOCTOR TELLS SOME OF US TO STOP SMOKING - WE PICK UP A CIGARETTE. WE HURT OUR BODIES QUITE OFTEN. I JUST WANTED TO USE THIS ONE TOPIC TO SEE HOW MANY OF US RUN WHEN WE ARE TOLD NOT TO RUN. .
I guess I've never been in a situation where I've had a doctor knowledgeable enough about the impact of exercise like running to where I even considered asking them. Still looking for a good doctor after my last one who was very knowledgeable abut nutrition but not exercise had to stop practising. If in doubt always get a second or eve third opinion. Birgit
I don't know if I would run 4 days after surgery...I think for that situation, there is a reason. Running is very inflammatory and your body is working hard to recover from the surgery, much less repair the damage caused by running.
As for the kidney issue, getting a second opinion was a smart idea, but I would NEVER, EVER recommend someone ignore their doctor's advice and recommendation...there is so much more involved in running and the repair process that can interfere with our overall health.
This is coming from a inactive RN,BSN as well as a running coach.
Fitness Minutes: (13,294) Posts: 1,816 11/27/11 9:32 P
For what ever reason or cause, have you ever run after your doctor told you not to?
When my kidneys started to become inflamed, I was referred to a doctor who laughed and told me my running days were over. This doc was rude and seem to have some serious issues. I left very distressed and ran 8 miles when I got home. Called my health plan and complained and was referred to another. This new doctor is a long distance runner and told me to keep on running. About 3 months ago, I had some surgery. Doc told me not to run for 3 weeks. Went running after 4 days. No problems. What about you?
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