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Athlete - too painful to run

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 28, 2006
  • 05:21 AM

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I am a competitive high school cross country and track runner (especially the 800m). For the last 2 years I've been dealing with really bad arch injuries, but that's not why I'm worried.


For the past 6 months I have dealt with a lot of pain in my arms and leg muscles. I think it's just a coincident, but about 6 months ago my podiatrist made me some orthotics. I've been wearing them for a long time but it still hurts a ton to run/walk in them. I feel immense burning all over my feet when I run or walk long distances. How could this be related to arm and leg pain? Anyway, I've dealt with these injuries for a long time and they're not why I'm writing.


My family doctor recommended a neurologist when I told him of my
new symptoms:

- Much slower times at practice and races
- pain in leg muscles walking up stairs
- numb/pain while putting hair up (anything involving hands above the head)
- tiredness/aching in muscles whenever exerted

He also took blood tests, to see if my thyroid was okay. The blood tests turned out completely normal, so off I went to the neurologist, certain that he'd know what was wrong with me because it sounded like a neurological problem. He shocked my muscles and “listened” to them with a machine (of course I don't know what it was, I'm not a neurologist).


I met with him for two appointments in two days and he found out absolutely nothing, and gave me no suggestions as to what to do next. Of course my parents are not going to pay for any more doctor visits, we are already enough in debt. I've also taken months and months of no exercise, hoping that the problem would clear up on its own, but to no avail.


So here I am, captain of the cross country team, a senior in high school, formerly hoping to get a full ride track scholarship, and I can't even run, and I've got no where to turn. Could this condition be related to my arch problem (flat feet)? Could I have a problem with my heart? This is really upsetting to me.


Track was a healthy portion of my life, I devoted so much time to it, and now I'm out. I've always been so strong and active and I can't even put my hair up or change the station on the radio without feeling pain. Please, if anyone can give me a suggestion or some help I would be so thankful. I need to get better!!

Thank you so much for listening!

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  • HiJust in answer to your question. Yes most certainly your upper limb pain/dysfunction can be related to your feet. 6 months ago you sutbley changed the whole dynamics of your body by altering the way in which your feet strike the ground.I'd suggest getting the orthotics remeasured for your feet and get a second opinion! Also may be good to do some strengthening excercises for your 'stirrup muscles' responsible for keeping you longitudinal arch high.Good Luck!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 28, 2006
    • 04:08 PM
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  • could you have been exposed to some form of heavy metal poisining or other toxins.What are your orthotics made from?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 8, 2006
    • 00:16 AM
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  • im sorry to hear about your pain problems. my story sounds a lot like yours but slightly different. i started running sophomore year and loved it. i was the best cross country and long distance track member on my team. When XC started up again junior year i started developing pain in my shins. Then the pain went to my hips and, eventually, the knees. i kept running until it was so unbearable i had to stop. i took off the whole summer before senior year. the pain held off for a while but it came back and i couldnt finish my XC season. Running was pretty much my whole life. I was going to get a full ride to college. i went to multiple doctors and therapy sessions. i also received orthotics. none of this helped the pain. they just could not figure out the problem. I am now a freshman in college and think about running everyday. I have never missed anything this much. Every now and then i try to run because i cant stand not to, but i always end up in pain. i hope you find a way to rid the pain and never give up hope...
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 30, 2007
    • 02:24 AM
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  • You may want to research into the effects of oxidative stress on the body. Paricularly on athletes. It can create symptoms similar to fibromyalgia (joint and body pain) This is common among athletes and reversing can be as simple as taking solid anti-oxidants. Find a good nutritionist and accupuncturist.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 7, 2007
    • 07:28 PM
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