Thats my sentiments to how this week has been going.
I'm going to make a long story short for you all.
I've been running seriously for about 6 months now, and really increasing my distance for approximately 2 months. As in running 30-40 miles a week. Every now and then I'd have the minor aches and pains after a run, but it was nothing a little ice couldn't fix.
Until last month when I started getting shooting pains in the joint on my big toe. Shooting pains turned to swelling and bruising and with that said, I had had enough.
If you know anything about Military insurance you know that we all have good o'le Tricare. Tricare has regions and Alaska is Tricare west and Ohio is Tricare... uhh something else? Anyways, being that I had no intention of getting sick while in Ohio I just stayed on Tricare West and transferred all my prescriptions over to the Pharmacy here (less hassle).
Boom. After an 8.5 mile run on Monday my poor foot was aching badly. Having trouble walking on it and the swelling was getting worse than ever. Tuesday I decided I needed to get it checked out, which meant going to the ER on base, since I don't have a primary care doctor here in Ohio. Oh, how I loathe the ER. 3 hours later I had been X-Rayed and examined and I awaited some kind of answer.
The lovely ER doctor came back with good news that there was no stress fracture (my first guess) and no broken bones. HORRAY. Well... not so much. The X-Rays showed early stages of osteoarthritis. Yeah.... arthritis. 20 something years old and I have WHAT? On top of that, the early formation of a bunion. Freaking great.
Don't know exactly what arthritis is? Sometimes called wear-and-tear arthritis, osteoarthritis occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones/joints wears down over time..... Yikes.
Doctors orders? No running until I see a primary care doctor back in Anchorage and can be refereed to a specialist. All and all, that will take around 2-3 weeks.
Until then, a lovely air cast will be my accessory of choice to keep my foot as flat as possible when walking, as well as some anti inflammatory meds.
30 days from now I am supposed to be running my first half marathon. I'm still toying with the idea, and I know I am getting evil eyes through the computer screen-- but oh well! For now, I've been spending hours on the elliptical and some quality time with my bike and Zumba instructor.