I know that I JUST said that I wouldn’t be posting again and I clearly have no time for procrastination, but I just had a doctor’s appointment and I wanted to quickly share with you how it went!
So first off, I have bad luck with my University’s Health Services. Last time I went there for help with my shin splints, he said he thought it would help if he slit the muscle in the front of my shin to relieve the pressure, hahaha. SERIOUSLY? I walked out right then and there.
Somehow, though, I went back and this time I got the a great doctor! He seemed really knowledgeable about sports medicine and was clear and helpful!
I told him my running history and he made my knee go in all types of positions and felt it in places to see where it hurt. Then he diagnosed me with “Patellogemoral Pain Syndrome” (Runner’s Knee) and Pes Anserine (Knee) Bursitis. This is half of what I thought I had, and a little bit more haha. Basically he really didn’t seem too concerned, which makes me feel a tad better, he thought it was just an overuse injury, stupid Caroline. He said I can still run because it’s not the type of injury I can do long term damage with, but to start slow and stop if the pain gets worse.
He gave me some exercises to do before I run, which I will discuss at a later time and he said to take 2 ibuprofen three times a day, for seven days, with food to reduce inflammation.
I don’t know why, but I’m always a little scared to take that many drugs. I know it’s fine but sometimes I’m skeptical. What do you guys think about anti-inflammatory drugs? Do they work for you? Or, are you skeptical?