Thursday, January 15, 2009

Cortisone Injections HURT, and other Bad News

OK, I admit I'm not the bravest person in the world when it comes to getting a shot. But today's cortisone injection allowed me to reach a new level of pain from a shot. As the podiatrist warned me, it indeed did burn and hurt. Not only that, he was courteous enough to give me a play-by-play account of what he was doing to cause my pain. I am barred from running the next 2 weeks minimum. I have Achilles Tendonitis, not Plantar Fasciitis, which seems to be the lesser of the two evils. I also have Raynaud's Disease. Here's the definition: "Raynaud's disease is a condition that causes some areas of your body — such as your fingers, toes, tip of your nose and your ears — to feel numb and cool in response to cold temperatures or stress. In Raynaud's disease, arteries that supply blood to your skin narrow, limiting blood circulation to affected areas." Freakin' fantastic. When I'm finally cleared to run, I'll still be limited by what the temperature is outside. My minimum running temperature is 35 degrees....34 degrees or below, and I'm home bound. So, a cortisone injection, a heel cup to be worn in any shoes I wear, and a night splint to be worn while I'm sleeping is my short term gameplan to get me back to pounding the pavement. By the way, I normally sleep on my side. It's going to be a long two weeks of trying to sleep on my back. I have a feeling I'll quickly be banished to the couch by my wife.

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