Who knows what the bleep happened to me on Monday night. Nick basically came home to his girlfriend (me) crumpled on the floor, sobbing, boogers on every surface within two feet of my trail from the chair to the door and squeals and screeches every time I moved my left leg more than 1 mm in any direction.
Luckily, having a PA as a boyfriend comes in handy in these situations. Most of the pain I was feeling emitted down from my knee to my foot. He performed a knee exam and based on my pain description, determined it was actually referred pain I was feeling from something in my lower back - most likely a herniated disc or pinched nerve.
So how did this happen!? I was playing tug with my dog. I was SITTING, barely making an effort, holding on to a dinosaur toy.
I feel like this is the story of my medical life. I had to make up a really cool story about how I tore my ACL playing soccer in high school, when in reality it happened while warming up and passing a soccer ball about 15 feet. I also screwed up my miniscus “dropping it like it was hot” in a dive bar in the middle of the mountains at a bachelorette party in February. #winning
Long story short, treatment is movement as pain allows and a routine dosage of anti-inflammatories. I pray to freakin’ God I don’t have to go through what I went through on Monday night - it feels like a really bad dream. I basically am moving like a robot. Because I am young and the pain went away overnight, Nick’s orthopedic surgeon friends say going to the doctor won’t do me any more good than what I am currently up to. So he’s going to bring me home some light PT exercises and we’ll hope this was a total fluke nerve pinch.
The irony? Yesterday I was to start a pre-training plan for Ironman training. Yes. A full ironman. I have been secretly tossing this idea around in my head for some time now.
While the world may be trying to give me a hint, I am a triathlete and don’t really take hints well. I basically see this as the exact reason I should do a full ironman, because I won’t always be young, healthy, or able to.