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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“Miniature Disasters”

Song of the Post: “Miniature Disasters” by KT Tunstall

I have had a little bit of step back today. I decided to finally do a little more research on the heel pain I have been experiencing the past few days, or I guess almost a week now, and what I found wasn’t what I was hoping for. It looks like the general consensus is I need to rest and do very little exercise. I am going to try to take only a few days off to just ice, take anti-inflammatories, and stretch. Hopefully it helps. I know I need to transition into my next set of shoes which hopefully will help once they are broken in and I am considering getting sport inserts to help cushion around my heel so it hopefully doesn’t happen again. I am really pretty upset about this but there isn’t much I can do. At this point I still feel I could probably get back into training so I could at least finish the marathon in September but now doubting a little bit that I could make it under four hours.  I guess I will see what the next few days bring and I all I can do is just hope I can run my long distance run on Sunday.

On the MS side of things I have been struggling with numbness on my left side the past few weeks however luckily it has mainly just been an annoyance rather then a hindrance. It really hasn’t bugged me too much but just a reminder that I have MS. I have also noticed lately that when I have a more stressful day that I feel the numbness in my left side a lot more. Makes me wonder at times if this numbness is here to stay and will only be kept under control with my Neurontin. And to top off my bad heel news my right arm and the right side of my face started going numb this afternoon. Luckily it appears to be going away now but it is always interesting when part of the face goes numb because it usually feels like you just got a shot at the dentist and that your face is sagging or drooping on one side. However everything is fine and I look normal, makes one feel a little self conscience.

Well, hopefully I will have some better news report in the next few days. Off to icing and more icing. (And maybe to playing some Just Dance 2 on the Wii to keep me somewhat in shape ;-))

Song of the post lyrics:

“I don’t want to be second best
Don’t want to stand in line
Don’t want to fall behind
Don’t want to get caught out
Don’t want to do without
And the lesson I must learn
Is that I’ve got to wait my turn

Looks like I got to be hot and cold
I got to be taught and told
Got to be good as gold
But perfectly honest
I think it would be good for me
Coz it’s a hindrance to my health
I’m a stranger to myself

Miniature disasters and minor catastrophoes
Bring me to my knees
Well I must be my own master
Or a miniature disaster will be
It will be the death of me

I don’t have to raise my voice
Don’t have to be underhand
Just got to understand
That it’s gonna be up and down
It’s gonna be lost and found
And I can’t take to the sky
Before I like it on the ground

And i need to be patient
And i need to be brave
Need to discover
How i need to behave
And I’ll find out the answers
When i know what to ask
But i speak a different language
And everybody’s speaking too fast

Miniature disasters and minor catastrophoes
Bring me to my knees

Well I must be my own master
I’ve got to run a little faster
I need to know I’ll last if a little
Miniature disaster hits me
It could be the death of me”