Tuesday: no workout
Wednesday: bike to work, 25 min. total | ZWOW #35, 12:30 | upper body strength, 150 reps | abs & core, 150 reps
I’ve now had an MRI, an electronic nerve test, a thyroid test and visits to various medical offices. All came back fine. I’m fit as a fiddle. The neurologist told me, “I don’t deny that the symptoms are real. But there is nothing wrong with you.”
The conclusion during today’s follow–up appointment with my primary doctor is that I need to stretch.
This is mildly annoying to hear now, after everything else. And I should point out that I stretch very regularly, including calf stretches. I have a dance background and I’ve been active pretty much my whole life. I know how to stretch and I’m more flexible that most people I know.
That being said, I have always had a very short Achilles tendon. Like, 20 – 30 degrees less flexibility than the average person, according to the doc today. He thinks that, particularly when I run, this causes my upper calf muscles to essentially bunch up, which in turn blocks or shuts down the nerves in my lower calf. Not really sure how that works, but hey. He’s the doc.
And it does make sense. I just complained to Jon earlier this week that it’s hard to really stretch out my sore calves after a run because I can’t get deep enough to really stretch my upper calves. Damn Achilles tendon won’t let me get that far. So my upper calves have to compensate for the lack of flexibility in my lower calves when I run, which works and tenses the upper a lot more…. and then I can’t really stretch it out well afterwards.
Awesome! I’m now supposed to go a physical therapist to show me good stretches for this, build an angled contraption to stand on (like this guy <– ) and stretch everything out at home… and he wrote me a prescription for compression socks because I asked. Doc doesn’t think they’ll really help, but I want to try. Hopefully they will ease the symptoms while I get my stretch on to fix the problem.
Who woulda thought that flexibility would be the cause….