How do I cope with an injury?
October 12, 2011 9:31 PM Subscribe
Injury Filter: How can I cope with my tendinitis?
posted by astapasta24 to Health & Fitness (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Background: I've developed posterior tibial tendinitis, which makes my life somewhat of a living hell now. Basically, my foot hurts if I try to put weight on it right now. My doctor has put me back in an immobilizing boot after giving me a magical prolotherapy shot because I've managed to hurt it again after finishing up my prescribed physical therapy (actually didn't even last a week after finishing). While I'm only in the boot for 2 weeks this time, compared to 9 weeks when I injured it the first time (then subsequently did lots of running/agility for a month before getting it checked out). My doctor is estimating that it will be at least 3 weeks before I can even think about slowly starting high impact activities again. Before getting hurt, I ran and boxed to get a lot of my stress out. Both options of de-stressing are clearly out for a while.
I've never had any sort of long-ish term injury like this before. Sprained ankles here and there, yes, but that goes away by itself comparatively quickly. I truly am at my wit's end!! My friends are taking much of the punishment right now just because I'm lashing out left and right due to frustration and stress.
My questions are now:
1) How the heck do you non-athletic people destress? I'm going slightly crazy here trying to do well in my last year of undergrad, looking and applying for jobs, working, and rehearsing for a chamber music performance in a month. The routine of collapsing in bed in tears followed by a 3 hour long nap is really screwing with my body's clock. Doing yoga is also considered "out" for me for at least a month.
2) To people who've dealt with this tendinitis before: what worked in terms of preventing another relapse? I was doing fine in the week before hurting myself with lots of running, agility, and cutting that comes with playing Ultimate Frisbee. What did me in this time was as mundane as walking down a slope.
3) With all physical activity pretty much outlawed to me for at least a month, should I cut down my caloric intake a lot, say down to about 1400-1500 a day? I gained a bit of weight in my initial time in the boot just because it took my body a bit to realize that I really didn't need 2500+ calories of food a day anymore.
4) What can I do to try to stay in somewhat fit? I was thinking push-ups and sit ups (I can't do a pull-up to save my life). Is there anything else that wouldn't require any weight bearing on my injured foot?