It’s Getting Better…

Song of the Post: “Getting Better” By The Beatles

Well, things are starting to look up on the MS side and the running side of my life. It appears that the steroids have helped decrease the numbness on my left side, well, at least for now. I still have some numbness off and on during the day however it is quite a bit less then it was a few weeks ago. I guess I need to remember a week of feeling like crap on steroids will greatly help how I feel afterwards.

I have ran about five times in the past week. I started out with just an easy two miles last Sunday and had some minor heal pain but followed up with a lot of stretching afterwards. I kept adding a mile or two on each run until I reached 7 miles on Saturday. I was especially pumped after that run because I only had to stop once after the first mile to stretch out the heel pain and then from that point on I didn’t feel it at all. The three miles I ran this morning went even better as I didn’t feel any heel pain. I am having a little pain or stiffness in my calves however that is easier to run through then the heel pain.

I guess overall things are starting to look up. Now I am just keeping my fingers crossed that I will be able to run the Columbus Half Marathon on October 16th. It might not be a new PR but at least I will have ran it. I think I will probably plan to train for a marathon sometime in the spring but will take all aspects of my training a little more seriously to hopefully avoid another injury. I think I just pushed a little too hard this summer and didn’t focus on my stretching and strength training as much as I should have.

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Ice Cream: The Breakfast Of Champions

Song Of the Post: “Ice Cream” By Sarah McLachlan

Ice cream for breakfast…its what you dreamed of having every morning as a kid. My mother always loves telling us what our grandmother (her mother) would say when we stayed at her house: “You are at Grandma’s house, you can have whatever you want for breakfast. If you want ice cream for breakfast you can have ice cream for breakfast.” Drove my mother nuts. Of course when you get older and you move out on your own you may have ice cream for breakfast a few times to rebel but then you usually realize that it really wasn’t the greatest idea after all.

Well, the past few days the pain and numbness on my left side has really increased. I finally gave in yesterday and decided to go on steroids again, I just couldn’t take it anymore. I have pain while I am at work then I come home where I have a list of things I would like to do but I am already in pain and worn out from the day so I don’t want to do anything. Plus I want to get running again and its hard to walk out that door to run when you are already in pain or your leg is numb or both.

Enough of the pain and numbness talk, let’s get back to the ice cream. If you don’t have MS or have MS but are lucky enough to not have had to take steroids yet, you do not know the amount of steroids doctors usually prescribe to hopefully help you get over a relapse (or at least make it shorter). The pill option they will usually prescribe is anywhere from one to five days of 25 pills of 50mg of prednisone each day. (If you have a more old school pharmacy nearby you might luck out with one horse pill a day. I had this last time.) This is where the ice cream comes in (at least for me). I cannot stand the taste of these pills so I need something to take with it to mask the taste. During my first set of steroids like this I tried just taking them with milk, that definitely didn’t work. Then I tried taking them with some yogurt and that didn’t help much either. Finally I spoke to the nurse practitioner at my doctors office and she suggested I try eating them with ice cream or a smoothie to mask the taste. So when it comes time to take these lovely steroids, I switch up my normal cereal and yogurt for a little bit of cereal and ice cream and steroids. Its just not as fun anymore…but I guess it is still an excuse to eat ice cream for breakfast. 🙂 Hey, if you want to use me as excuse tomorrow morning to eat ice cream for breakfast to”feel my pain” on my first day of steroids I will understand. 😉

Status: Unchanged…

Song of the Post “Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of” By U2

I am pretty tired this evening so will probably make this one fairly short. I still haven’t been able to run yet due to the plantar fasciitis in my right foot. For the first few weeks after I started feeling the pain I was still trying to bike a few days a week but I decided about two weeks ago to just try the rest thing in hopes of still being able to run at last one race this fall.  Of course even though I am “resting” I still managed to figure out ways to re-aggravate the injury about every few days.

On Thursday and Friday I really thought I was in the home stretch. I hadn’t had any pain in my right foot for about a week.  I thought I was good to go this weekend. I thought wrong. I guess sometime on Saturday I did something to aggravate my foot again and now I am back to it even hurting sometimes when I am sitting. I am going to go back to stretching more and taking my ibuprofen. However I cannot stand this “resting” thing anymore so I think I am going to jump back on the bike tomorrow or Tuesday. So frustrating! I decided to transfer my Columbus Marathon bib to the half marathon however I am not sure that will even happen since I keep on re-injuring my foot.

On top of that a little over a week ago the numbness and pain on my left side really increased. It had been very distracting at work and at times it has affected my walking and sleep. They increased my dosage of Gabapentin which still didn’t do very much except just decreasing the numbness for a hour or two right after I took it. On Tuesday I had another infusion of Tysabri and finally on Thursday and Friday I started to see some relief. The pain has decreased however still fighting the numbness which is more tolerable. Guess we will see what the doc says in the next day or two.

I am hoping my training will become more interesting in the next week or so but guess I will see what else this fun plantar fasciitis has in store for me. This has really been frustrating because this injury is really my fault for probably training too hard too quickly. I was so pumped to run the two full marathons this fall and just threw them away. Hopefully 2012 will be a better full marathon year.