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Apologies to Florence and the Machine for some lyric manipulation there... After visting a Physio and an Osteo to fix my hamstring problem, on Monday I visited a doctor. I was sent for an MRI and then back to the doctor - I knew things weren't looking too good when she said "you must have a very high pain threshold to run with your back in that state." She referred me to a specialist Sports Doctor, who went through each slide of the MRI with me, and identified the cause of my hamstring pain as a disc issue. I have three discs which have a 'tear' and have lost fluid (the discs look all dark and flat in the MRI), bulge out and compress the nerves. This has led to a loss of bone density (white patches on the MRI), and the doc mentioned that this will result in the vertebrae fusing together. He detailed that my back has lost the ability to absorb shock, and he wrapped-up the consult by saying: "my job is to get active people back to doing the things they love. Unfortunately in your case, you should never run again". I sat there in complete shock! I went there with a hamstring problem, and am being told never to run again! I get back pain, but not to the extent it stops me running, not even to the extent where I feel that I even need to visit the doctor. It's not there all the time, and it doesn't stop me doing anything. I'm not ready to stop running, and I'm not ready to stop racing triathlon! I achieved a PB racing an Ironman last week, and this week I'm being told never to run again. It's proving rather hard to take-in at the moment. My mindset at the moment is "f-it, keep going"! Does anyone know of someone in the Sydney area who can give a second opinion on such things?
Ok, so it's exactly a year today since I took a fall off my bike. As a result of that fall I had a plate put on my Collarbone, and then a few months later I had Hip Surgery to address FAI and a Labral Tear. My shoulder is still fairly 'crunchy' when I swing my arm over, but my Orthopedic Surgeon has said not to worry about it unless it gives me too much pain. Apart from feeling it a bit when I'm swimming, or am lying on it in bed, it's not all that bad so I'm guessing it's not doing too much damage. My hip has been fairly good if I don't do too much running on it, although I can still feel a dull pain in it most of the time and it often wakes me up at night when I roll over in bed. When I do run on it, I find that I usually develop a pain in either the groin, my glutes or lower back, or sometimes down my leg towards my knee once I do anything over about 30 minutes. The pain isn't all that bad, but I'm wondering what sort of damage I may be doing. This triathlon bug has got a hold of me and I don't think I'm ready to give it up yet, but I'd like to make sure that I'm not going to destroy my body completely. I'd like to start riding again and maybe even enter an event or two just to see what happens. What sort of X-Rays or Scans can you have to check that you are not destroying your joints beyond repair? Do you think your body will let you know when it's finally had enough? Is it that clever?