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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
- 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!