Alive and Kicking
So... I went to the doctor on Monday. After a lot of poking, prodding, twisting, and squeezing (of my knee, that is), my doctor had no real answers for me.
He sent me to get X-rays and prescribed an anti-inflammatory. My X-rays were normal so I'm happy about that. The doctor said he would refer me to a specialist if the pain continued after taking the anti-inflammatory and after giving it a rest.
I'm glad he's the type of doctor who can admit that he is not an expert on sports related injuries. I also like that he didn't suggest that I just stop running all together. Other runners that I know have had this said to them by their doctors.
Take It Easy
I've been resting my leg by not running all this week. I still plan to not run the 14 miler scheduled for Saturday. I've been taking the anti-inflammatories. And my leg & knee feel so much better! I still have pain that shoots up my thigh if I put too much weight on my leg (unless I lock my knee), but I'm not limping around anymore.
I'm hoping to get back to running sometime next week. Don't worry, though... I'm keeping everyone's advice in mind and won't run before my leg/knee is ready.
How About You?
Have you ever gone to a general practitioner with a sports or running-related injury? If so, what kind of advice did he/she give you? Have you ever been told to just stop running?