MRI Results + Next Steps

Wednesday night I got in a good workout at home with my buddy. I did the Carly Rowena Week 6 Legs and Booty workout which included a bunch of squats and lunges as usual.

I’ve never done so many reps on leg day before, but she has you use light weights x high reps and I’m enjoying a new experience.

I generally prefer lifting heavier x low reps, but once I get back to runningΒ someday I think this will be a good way to stick with a leg routine while building up mileage at the same time.Β I know other people can lift heavy and run distance but my body willpower is not cut out for that!

Speaking of running someday, I went back to the doctor to get my MRI results yesterday. They came back clean – no stress fractures, no bone or muscle issues, no growths or masses.

Basically everything inside my leg looks in good working order, which really points to Exertional Compartment Syndrome being the culprit since the symptoms only come on when I’m running.

My doc told me to setup an appointment at the University of Miami Sports Clinic to get the test done.

Unfortunately … very unfortunately the earliest they can take me is August 9th.

There is only one doctor trained to do the test, and he’s also basically the only doctor in South Florida who does it. Essentially everyone in all of Miami and Broward who need the test have to go to him.

Trust me when I say I tried calling around. I literally called every single sports doctor in South Florida hoping to find someone who could take me earlier.

^ That’s just a fraction of the phone calls I made. I even called all the way out west to Naples and all the way up north to the University of Florida in Gainesville. There are doctors in both areas who do the test, but I won’t be able to see them for other complicated reasons.

I made a call to my PT office and asked if they knew of anyone who might do the test that I hadn’t thought of. The owner of the clinic said he would reach out to some of his doctor friends and see if there is anything he or they can do to help.

I’ve got my fingers crossed because not being able to take the test until August just plain sucks. I know this is SUCH a first world problem but I miss running. I was hoping I would be done with the surgery and well on my way into recovery by August 9th.

I’ve got some ideas of how I can better cope with this but I need to sleep on them before I share – they may be crazy ideas!😜 Expect those on Monday!

Retail therapy would probably help. I bought these new sunglasses on Wednesday and I think I love them. You can’t really tell in this pic but the lenses are reflective rose gold. Β They may be a bit over the top.

What is definitely over the top is my hair. I need a damn haircut asap. It’s just not looking healthy. I’m glad I have a blog that forces me to look at myself once in a while and come to these realizations. #thankful

Have a great Friday!

What’s the longest you’ve had to take off from running?
Do you know of someone who can do the compartment syndrome test for me? haha (but seriously.)

13 comments

  1. Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    Oh that is really annoying to wait so long. Hopefully your PT will have a recommend! Did any of the places say they could fit you in if theres a cancellation? Maybe try calling again in a week or so to see if anything opens up?

    1. Kristina

      Right now the only place I can go is the UM Sports Med Clinic. I’ll keep calling to check in, but the person I spoke to said most people don’t cancel as it’s so tough to get an appointment for the test in the first place.

      The other clinics want me to come in and see their doctors for a consultation first and then if their doctor thinks it’s compartment syndrome they can schedule me for the test. Unfortunately these doctors are located HOURS away from me.

      Since I’ve already paid to see my doctor and have all the X-RAY, MRI scans, etc I’m not going to drive 2-5 hours away to get a consultation AND then maybe they’ll schedule the test before August 9th.

      In the grand scheme of life I know this is not a big issue but it is frustrating.

  2. Sam @ G & G Nutrition Co.

    That’s so frustrating about the test. Hopefully your PT can help you. New business idea: open a testing facility in Florida. Make it rain. Side note: I really love your hair color right now. It looks very summery.
    Hope you have a good weekend!
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    1. Kristina

      Hahaha seriously I wish I could! There seems to be major opportunity in the market.

      Thanks! I’m going this coming week to see my hair guy and need to figure out if I want to keep it like this (just shorter) or go for something different. I think I may stick with this!

  3. Hanna @ minimal marathoner

    Ugh that sucks!! I’m bummed just reading this!! Maybe this means the gods will pay you back for your troubles with a London spot
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    1. Kristina

      Not being able to have the surgery until maybe end of August makes me nervous about London since the race is in April. If I can’t run again until October that’s going to make for an interesting training experience. By that point I wonder if I’ll even be able to run for an hour? 30 minutes? Oh man.

  4. Susan

    Keep fighting and searching! You will find a doc that can do it and then you can figure out next steps. I’ve been running on and off for years (like 30). I’ve taken plenty of breaks — anywhere from a week to months! You can do it. Can’t wait to hear your ideas on Monday.

    1. Kristina

      Thanks Susan! Just typed up the post that will go up tomorrow. I’m going to need everyone’s comments to determine if I am being totally crazy or not!

  5. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    I’m excited to hear your ideas too! Your glasses look like cat eyes. πŸ™‚ all of our problems are first world problems and we are allowed to be upset by them.
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    1. Kristina

      The style is called cat eye! Although I would have bought them even if they were called something else haha!

  6. Sarah

    I am sure you thought of this but my husband always asked to be put on a cancellation list. It’s worth a shot.

    1. Kristina

      Definitely worth a shot! That was the first thing I asked, but the guy booking appointments said it was unlikely there would be a cancellation since everyone waits so long for their appointment. Fingers crossed still!

  7. Karen Bayne

    Awwwww that is a long wait. I’ve had to wait a few times to see a specialists like that and it makes me crazy.
    When I tore my plantar fascia I was out three months…the reality is I couldn’t have used two more months easily, but I was not patient and pushed my way back in. The pain was tough at times though. I will never be pain free with the issue I have with my feet but it took over a year before I could feel some progress in the healing.
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