I’m not running

I was supposed to start my marathon training on Monday, but I didn’t. My hamstring has still been hurting quite a bit. Sharp, shooting pain from the top of my left buttock down to my knee. Yesterday I did a lot of stretching and I must admit it hurt a lot less today. I’ll do some more stretching tonight and hopefully it will be good enough by this Friday that I can take a run and see how it goes. It’s driving me crazy to be sitting here getting fat while my muscles get soft.

  • Joel
  • Joshua

    Based on http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/sciatica/what-you-need-know-about-sciatica and other resources I’ve read I’m not sure if it is or isn’t.

    1. “possibly tingling, numbness or weakness that travels from the low back through the buttock” – I have no tingling, numbness, or weakness, although it only says that this is a possible symptom

    2. “Often a particular event or injury does not cause sciatica, but rather it tends to develop as a result of general wear and tear on the structures of the lower spine.” – I could be wrong, but it seems like my condition was brought on by a specific event, although again, this says “often” which seems to imply it could be a specific event.

    Here’s the email I sent to my physical therapist the other day:

    Hi Damon, I got a new injury a month or so ago, and I wanted to see whether it’s one of those things you can take 15 seconds to diagnose and tell me what I should do, or if it requires a visit. I’m hoping you’ll tell me it’s fine to start running again and I just need to make sure and do my stretches, but I don’t want to start running again and end up doing permanent damage to my knee or leg.

    It appears to be a hamstring injury. I never sprint, but I tried sprinting and it didn’t hurt at all while sprinting, but it seems to me that within a day or two of the sprinting my left hamstring started hurting. What’s strange is that it wouldn’t hurt while running but only afterwards when I would do certain things. Unfortunately I didn’t take it easy, and kept running and skateboarding and doing all sorts of things which I believe injured it further. For the past two weeks I haven’t been active other than walking around my house, and while the injury seems to have healed somewhat, I still have quite a bit of pain at certain times. There was never any swelling that I noticed.

    The pain is never constant, it is only when I move a certain way or use certain muscles that it hurts, and then it is a sharp, shooting pain. The pain goes from the top of the center of my left buttock down the middle of the back of my leg, and then wraps around the outside of my knee. I get the shooting pain if I bend down (with my knees, not just my back) to pick something up, when I’m getting into my car (but not when I’m getting out), when I’m getting in and out of bed, when I’m sitting down on a sofa, if I sneeze or laugh (contraction of stomach muscles seem to trigger it), etc. Sometimes I’ll just move my head a little and it will hurt. If I’m kneeling and try to walk on my knees that seems to cause the pain as well. However, if I run I don’t feel any pain at all or virtually none.

    I’ve looked at some diagrams online like http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/cybertherapist/back/hamstrings/hamstringstrain.htm and it would appear that I strained my biceps femoris muscle, based on where the pain is. Although I wonder if it might be nerve damage due to it not being an ache type of pain, but rather a shooting type of pain.

    Maybe I should mention that at first my knee didn’t hurt, it was just my buttock and the back of my leg. The knee pain is more recent but appears to be connected.

    On a positive note the back pain I saw you about when I was in the last time has completely disappeared, but it seems that whenever one injury disappears another takes its place.


  • katie

    foam roll!!!. sounds like an IT band, i had the same problem last year. buy a foam roller and roll until your muscles feel looser, then stretch it out.