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Discussion: And no signs of a stress fr...

in: Danny Riley; Danny Riley > 2024-01-23

Jan 23, 2024 5:24 PM # 
And no signs of a stress fracture? Because the symptoms sound exactly like what I had with a stress fracture some years ago induced by winter running too hard on a track. And I seem to recall you really hammering that treadmill for a decent spell a while back.
Jan 23, 2024 6:08 PM # 
Danny Riley:
I got an X-ray and the doctor never mentioned it, but I guess I should double check that he actually got the results of the scan.
Jan 23, 2024 9:51 PM # 
My understanding is that stress fractures may not show up on an X-ray. I was diagnosed with a "bone scan" - injection with radioisotope-doped phosphonates that are taken up by bones at sight of remodeling. MRI is apparently also quite good for detecting stress fractures.
Jan 23, 2024 10:08 PM # 
Danny Riley:
Looking at the articles, it's hard to see the advantage of spending another several hundred dollars on an MRI scan. It seems like all the recommendations afterwards are the same as I have now, just keep resting.
Jan 23, 2024 10:40 PM # 
My initial diagnosis (April 2013) from a prompt care doc after x-ray was 'medial tibial fasciaitis', rest was prescribed. After about 6 weeks with little improvement I had a bone scan done which confirmed a stress fracture. Ortho followed (athletic specific - I had good insurance). More rest with some cycling (didn't bother things in my case). Got the OK to resume running (easy/slow) in early August. Runner specific recovery plan from doctor had me up to 5km by mid October and back to 30 mpw by Christmas. It was a really slow recovery and most of the year shot....

One possible idea, if this is indeed the issue, is compression sleeves - while they won't speed the healing process, they can support the shin and help reduce pain and inflammation while healing. This could be bogus info - so do some research - there's probably more out there now than there was 11 years ago when I dealt with this.

And it could still be something else as well.

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