Is The Numbness Here To Stay?

Song of the Post: “Fallen” by Sarah McLachlan

I started out this year planning to do at least two marathons. Well, due to MS issues in the
spring and my over training during the summer causing me to get plantar fasciitis, it didn’t happen. However, I was still able to knock out five 5ks (including a new 5k PR), two half marathons and one 10k mud run. I guess not too bad considering the circumstances. It still is hard for the competitor in me to be ok with this but I have to listen to my body.

Speaking about listening to the body, my left side is still not being very pleasant. The past week or so the numbness and pain on the left side has really flared up again. It looks as though they will be keeping me on the higher dosage of Gabapentin and giving me something else that will hopefully help. Usually I have been able to kind of push through this or just kind of blow it off but this time it is kind of dragging me down a little which is a little odd considering my training and competitive season is over. One would think it would be more mentally wearing during the training season rather than after. I can be lazy now. I can sleep in and relax. I don’t have to worry about running 10 miles tomorrow. I think it has just been a long year fighting the left side issues and it is starting to wear me down a little. Trying to stay pumped and positive that hopefully 2012 will be a marathon (and triathlon) year for me but little hard right now.

It has been over a year now since my left leg starting being numb after the Columbus Marathon last year so now I am really starting to think that my left side issues might be here to stay. We might not have a medication or treatment that will decrease it and allow me to feel “normal” for more than a few weeks. It kind of wears on me a bit and makes me wonder how my training will go next year. Will I constantly be fighting this?

I was planning on my next post being about the Columbus Half Marathon but this is what I was feeling at the time I decided to finally sit down and type so decided just to let the fingers work. Hopefully will have that post sometime this weekend.

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4 thoughts on “Is The Numbness Here To Stay?

  1. Your blog has been such a blessing to me. I have been told by neurologist that he thinks that I have MS. I have been having tingling and burning on the right side of my face and scalp. I had an MRI of the brain and it showed one lesion and several white spots. Last week I had an MRI of the neck and spine and one week from today I have a spinal tap. All of this is so scary but reading your blog has given me some much needed comfort. I’m a fighter and am determined to keep running and doing the things I love. I know there may be difficulties but like you said I’m not going to let this define me. Best of luck to you in your fight and your running. And keep writing, your blog was a blessing to me at a very hard time in my life.

  2. I agree with Todd above, it is wonderful to hear stories from individuals going through the same thing. I too am a runner and I was actually training for the Boston Marathon this past spring when I had my first ‘attack’ that left me unable to run for about four months. I am now on Gabapentin (which makes me feel like a zombie), but I am back to running and it feels great. I am taking things slow and really learning to listen to my body. It is great to read about your running and seeing how you are still able to enjoy your running, despite physical challenges. I think it is sooo important to realize that you can still take part in the activites you enjoy, you may have to make some modifications, but you still can be ‘you’. Best of luck to you and happy running!!!

  3. Thanks for your post. It is truly inspiring. Years ago experts said exercise would worsen MS symptoms. We now know this is completely false. My numbness comes and goes and gets worse in the summer months. I found that maintaining my vitamin D level helped a great deal.

  4. Hi MS Runner! I’m glad to have found your post. How are you doing? I’m a runner with MS, too, and want to encourage you to keep at it. Though my miles are low right now, I’m thinking of training for a 100 miler in September 2012. It is possible (did it once before) – just have to take good care and listen to body and always take highest (sometimes hardest but ideally kindest) road. You are inspiring and strong, so take heart and be brave and above all, keep going…. Thank you for sharing your journey 🙂

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