The tortoise wins this one
September 19, 2012 7:36 AM Subscribe
Is there any overcoming Achilles tendonitis?
posted by bookgirl18 to health & fitness (14 answers total)
Well, it appears that my long battle with chronic back pain left me with Achilles tendonitis. Apparently, all the standing I was doing when it was too painful to sit literally inflamed my tendon. Furthermore, I started feeling pain when walking and standing, but didn't take it seriously until it got to be quite severe.
When it began hurting at the end of July and I got my diagnosis, I spent about a week lying down, taped up my ankle, got a cane, did some gentle stretching, and slooooooowly returned to normal levels of activity as the pain eased up. (And by normal levels of activity, I mean walking and standing... I am not a runner.) Unfortunately, last weekend, I walked up a hill for the first time in 6 weeks (I teach on a campus that is basically built on them ... avoiding them is challenging) and it has returned with a vengeance. It is extremely red, swollen and, despite the ice, ankle boot, orthotic inserts, etc., nothing seems to be improving. It is in pain when I am at rest too, although obviously not as much as when I move around. I also have a stomach ulcer, so I have not been taking any anti-inflammatories even though doctors are saying I may be able to in small doses.
A visit back to the doc and perhaps back to my physical therapist is obviously next on my list, but I no longer have the luxury of lying down literally all the time. I have a class to teach and my own work to get through! I have spent last semester recovering from back pain physically and mentally and was just starting to get excited at the thought of having a normal, mobile life. Has anyone experienced tendonitis that is this debilitating? Should I be completely bedridden while I wait for the swelling to go down? Not walking at all is extremely impractical, yet it seems to be the only thing that helps. :(
Thanks, y'all, as always.