Friends, Romans, Healthy People, lend me your experience!
July 12, 2014 5:03 PM Subscribe
I just started running, and just started using a Total Gym for upper body workouts. Should running cause pain in the medial collateral ligament in your knees? What about in the tibalias anterior? (Not shin splint pain - I know that one well. This is more like a high ankle sprain.) Should lat pulldowns cause pain and stiffness in the side of your neck going down into your shoulder and trapezius? Or crunches cause low back pain?
posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess to Health & Fitness (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
YANAD, TINMA, etc.
I haven't been really healthy for 20+ years. I have no context for current aches and pains and energy levels, since starting new medications that have me feeling better than I have since I was a teenager. I'm 36, and have about 80 lbs to lose to get REALLY healthy.
I have a laundry list of medical conditions that cause chronic pain in both joints and soft tissues, fatigue, GI upset, breathing troubles, memory loss, the whole ball of wax. But after another chronic pain diagnosis a couple months ago, I'm now on a drug cocktail that has me feeling FANTASTIC. I have energy! I have less pain! I can jog! I can do all the things!
The problem is, now I don't know what aches and pains are caused by the same old medical conditions, and what are "healthy" aches and pains. I don't know what fatigue is caused by the same old same old, and what a "healthy" level of fatigue is.
An example: For years and years, I have had pain in my knees. I tore the cartilage and ligaments in both when I was 13. Had surgery on my right knee to remove some cartilage and repair a ligament just before I turned 14. Multiple ligament tears in both knees over the last two decades. After starting this drug cocktail, they didn't hurt at all. First time in as long as I can remember that they haven't hurt.
I took up jogging a couple weeks ago, after consulting with my physical therapist and a personal trainer. Every other day, taking it easy to start, doing intervals. Bought the right shoes. Researched and studied to make sure I was doing it right. Sometimes, my knees hurt. But I have absolutely no idea if my knees hurt because my knees "always" hurt, or if my knees hurt because I've done something while jogging to make them hurt.
So please, healthy MeFites, tell me what healthy feels like!