100 lb. Club - Hurt lower leg, need advice - please
10-21-2009, 06:29 PM
I am not sure what I've done to my leg but on the side of my lower right leg near the knee, I am having pain when trying to do any exercise moves with intensity. I plan on switching back to Leslie Sansone workouts for a week or so until my leg feels better.
My main question would be...at the moment I am averaging 1350-1400 calories daily with 5 days of exercise at 90 minutes each day, do I need to lower my caloric intake any since I am lowering the intensity of my workouts?
10-21-2009, 08:16 PM
answer 2 no. you need to shock the body you may gain a little weight but its the bodies chance to repair any damage caused through training. i.e muscle wear and tear etc a week of it is ample.
first question bit hard to advise without a more specific location anything near the knee is worth consulting your doctor about as the knee area has lots of connective tissue around it. if connective tissue is the issue its need attention asap or it could be a long lay off.
if its just muscular it could be your movement pattern or not enough rest
10-21-2009, 08:19 PM
I think you should go see a doctor.
And I wouldn't start messing with your calories. It's not going to make THAT much of a difference.
But I still think a trip to the doctor is in order.
Take it easy and feel better.
10-21-2009, 08:47 PM
Thanks so much slimmingsi and Robin :hug:
10-21-2009, 09:10 PM
I agree that if you can possibly get to the doc then you should. Ice, hot pad, elevate, massage (the outside of my knee hurts sometimes and a light tapping with my fingertips type of massage usually helps), epsom salt in a hot bath, tylenol or something - try these things if you can't get to the doc. I think you've got the right idea on switching to the Sansone stuff - stopping using it altogether might just make it stiff and you'd hurt even more. I also wouldn't worry about lowering the calories if the lowered exercise is just going to be short term. If the doc tells you that you need to lay off for a longish amount of time then you could revisit the question of lowering intake at that point. For now the extra calories might help you heal. Hubby says that an increase in red meat in your diet might help - it apparently helps him when his knee acts up.
For a new age / hippy idea - you could try giving your dog some extra petting and loving. They say that petting and cuddling our pets helps us heal. It can't hurt and is certainly a pleasant experiment.
10-21-2009, 10:31 PM
Thanks so much FGG :hug:
Michelle, I wouldn't lower your calories just yet. And if you still experience pain during WATP, definitely check in with your doctor. If there is something wrong; you don't want exercise to exacerbate it.
Feel better soon!
10-21-2009, 10:45 PM
Thank you, Tai :hug:
10-22-2009, 04:23 AM
The seriousness of your pain really depends a lot on your age. Once you get beyond 50 you start getting pulled, strained muscles fairly frequently and the best way to get rid of it is to exercise it gently, like swimming for movement rather than cardio. That said, I had a pain in my knee, actually for several years, and when it got really bad I went to the doctor and found out I had osteoarthritis and had to have a hip replacement a couple of years later. The hip pain was referred to the knee. I used to walk a lot when I was overweight and I guess that caused the damage.
10-22-2009, 06:51 PM
10-22-2009, 07:00 PM
So how ARE you feeling today? What have you been doing and not doing due to the injury? Any improvement? I sure hope so.
10-22-2009, 07:09 PM
Thanks Robin. It is feeling some better. I have been alternating ice and heat and today I have done no exercise :o. I think when I was doing plyometric lunges yesterday I may have twisted something or..something, heh :|
10-22-2009, 09:31 PM
:hug:Hope you heal up quickly.
10-23-2009, 09:01 AM
Thank you :hug:
10-23-2009, 03:52 PM
I hope you are feeling much better now. For someone who does so much exercise, I know that a day of none must have felt strange. I am sorry that this happened to you.
10-23-2009, 04:18 PM
Thank you. Yes, it bothered me a lot and I felt so guilty but today I am back in the swing of things and so far so good :). I just try to modify the impact exercises a bit so I don't mess my leg up :D
10-23-2009, 04:23 PM
I just started doing lunges yesterday with my personal trainer. We are starting out with walking lunges (with 5 lbs weights in each hand). During my first walk across the room, I experienced pain in my right knee every time I would push myself up from the lunge position. When I mentioned this to my trainer, she asked me if I was pushing off with both my legs or just my front leg. As it happened, I was just pushing off with my front leg. Once I concentrated on using my front AND back leg to push my body back up, the pain went away. I figured that my right knee was more sensitive since I have a history of sports injuries to it. I had to google "plyometric lunges" since I didn't know what they were but it appears that the jumping movement requires a good deal of balance and coordination. I am very impressed that you are able to do these. I am still too much of a weeble wooble to even consider such an exercise. The knee pain you described sounded very similar to what I experienced with my walking lunges. You may want to evaluate how evenly balanced you were during your exercise routine and if you were favoring one leg over another. Just my 2 cents.
I wish you a speedy recovery.
Lunges are great exercise. I woke up this morning and both my a$$ cheeks are really sore along with my thighs. These are new sensations so I know they are attributed to the lunges.
10-24-2009, 11:12 AM
Thanks so much :)
10-26-2009, 11:23 AM
Well, it is a stress fracture and I am being told to "rest" for at least 8 weeks. I am not happy at all with this :(
10-26-2009, 11:38 AM
no reason you can't swim? or do some seated weight work. i'm not sure if your gym has one but a hand bike is awesome.
10-26-2009, 11:49 AM
I don't have a gym, pool or bike. i will do some exercise, yes but I want to do my normal routine which upsets me cause I can't.
10-26-2009, 12:32 PM
Michelle, I'm so sorry to hear about this! I can tell that it is frustrating for you. Has your doctor suggested any form of exercise that you can do? Are you able to see a physical therapist that can suggest another form of exercise? Do you have access to a public pool?
Maybe others have some good ideas to add? This is just another speed bump in the road--you will get past it.
10-26-2009, 01:38 PM
I don't have access to a pool. I don't have a doctor or insurance or uhh money so I went to the er. They were more worried about getting me out than trying to suggest exercises. They of course said to see my regular doctor as well but I don't have one so I will just not do any high impact things for awhile but I have to do something or I will go bonkers, heh
10-27-2009, 12:34 PM
I'm so sorry that this happened to you. I know it must be frustrating, but I hope you will rest it as much as you can. The more you rest it the sooner you can be healed and back to your normal workout routine.
10-28-2009, 10:11 AM
Thanks so much, Roxy :hug:
10-28-2009, 03:08 PM
Hope you feel better soon! You'll be back to doing those plyo-whose-a-what-a things in no time! :exercise: You are an inspiration!
10-28-2009, 03:44 PM
Hehehe, thanks :D :hug:
10-28-2009, 04:04 PM
I'm sorry to hear that you have a stress fracture. But at least now you know and if you give it time to heal, you'll be back to 100% in no time!
10-28-2009, 04:08 PM
Thanks Sandi :)