Back in January while watching a Patriot's game, I had crossed my legs for the entire game while knitting. I know, bad thing to do, but since then, I my leg has just not felt right. Then the extra days that I have had working on my feet all day and just getting a little bit more physical last weekend ( golf and gardening) just put it over the edge for me. Nothing felt good, whether I was sitting, standing or laying down. At this point, I didn't know whether to ice or put heat on it. Yesterday, I went to the doctor and my pressing some areas on the outside of my thigh by my hip and above my knee, the intensity of pain led to the diagnosis of Iliotibial band syndrome.
Based on what I have read, I probably did some wrong stretches on it after the knitting episode to relieve that pain. But I have to admit, the huge amounts of motrin that I am now taking along with icing my thigh has really helped. Yet, the idea of going to Rehab and having one of the young, buff guys help me stretch is certainly appealing (maybe I won't tell my doctor that it's working....).
It's strange that I am prone to pinched nerves and inflammation to muscles. After working on my inlaws computer once, I ended up with a numb arm and knot the size of a plum on the back of my shoulder. Wish I was younger and swimming again, life was less painful back then and my muscles were never an issue. The problem I have lying ahead of me, is the time that I have to give this current injury to heal, I won't be able to do much walking and the lack of exercise will have to be off set by me eating less. Summertime + eating less = No Fun. I guess I can hope for calmer days to go kayaking.