Now onto my stellar plan! What I am finding most frustrating, is my lack of knowledge about my "injuries". I don't even know that they are injuries. My shoulder started hurting suddenly back in highschool, with no significant event to spur on the pain. After lots of doctors and a surgery, it was determined I had a bad shoulder and needed to rest it for 2 years for the pain to cease. Helpful. How do you stop using your shoulder for two years? It did cause me to cut back to 2 sports a year instead of 3, otherwise the pain was too overwhelming. Often my knees would also hurt, especially while bending in lifts and such, but same thing, no real problem could be found. When I started running this summer, my shoulders were the first thing to hurt, followed quickly by my hips, especially when I added in swimming. It was actually when taking a break to rest my hips that my knees started to hurt, and they have killed ever since. Depending on the day, one may hurt worse than the other and it can switch. If I totally rest (stay off my feet and ice all day) they will feel better, but as soon as I move again it comes back. So I haven't ran in two weeks and haven't biked in almost a week, trying to give them a bigger break. This is where the possibility for Lyme disease has come up. It affects the joints severely and worsens with time. It also causes fatigue, headaches, numbing in the hands and feet, and other symptoms I have been dealing with since highschool. I don't know that I have Lyme disease, I am just hoping so that I can finally figure out what is wrong with me.
With my lack of info I want to be careful, at least till I talk to the doc. I also know if I push things too far, my joints tend to just give out. So my plan is...
- Keep dreaming- I want to come up with my race schedule for late spring and summer. I hope that will help me stay focused on all the great things ahead, even if I am missing out on some things now!
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