Injury Update=Stress Fracture

No point in beating around the bush today.

Did you know why I post two posts in one day, then it’s magic.  Or then it’s important. 

Either or.

I have a fifth metatarsal stress fracture.

You know that seems weird to me too considering I’m walking around like no big deal.  Considering I debated going for a run and if the doctor hadn’t called me-I probably would have.  How the fuu do you run on a stress fracture?

First and foremost, do not tell me there is something I could have done to prevent this.  If you read my blog then you know I am OVERLY cautious.  I did not run if I felt pain.  I physically got over 300% of my calcium.  I did everything humanly possible to stay injury free.

And I guess it worked for 9 months.

I cannot think of one thing that I did to promote getting a stress fracture.  I’m not saying that because I’m cocky, I knew exactly why every single one of my other injuries were caused.

Moving on, I’m completely miserable right now.  Completely and 100% miserable.  But I also haven’t been able to run in nearly 3 weeks (has it been that long?).  It is better to know then not know.  I would rather know and know I’ll heal eventually.

I’m not going to whine about it.  Well I probably will but not right now.  Life sucks, and I’ve come to realize that I’m bad luck Chuck. 

I don’t know where I’m going from here…I have an official doctors appointment on Saturday, I was just lucky enough for them to call me and let me know now.  Mostly because I harassed them. 

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  1. Just make sure you don’t run on them, no matter how bad you want to. I had stress fractures all up and down both shins, and ran on them for 2 months (i didn’t know about them then), but after when i found out, it was extremely difficult to stop running. long story short, it ended up taking me 3 years to completely heal and be pain free and start getting faster again.

  2. Aw Hollie, that sucks. I got a stress fracture in my tibia, which I ran on , which turned into a fully broken leg, and I was in a cast & crutches for 11 weeks( go me:/). Anyway, I was also getting way over my calcium needs, like you. Turned out I was/am vitamin D deficient, so I wasn’t absorbing like any of this calcium. Are you sur your vit D levels ok?

  3. I am so sorry Hollie, I can only begin to imagine how sad you must be. But maybe you will do things differently and learn and grow. Maybe taking more rest days, maybe eating even more, maybe putting on some weight, maybe making sure your bones are stronger because obviously they are not strong if they are fracturing… I really wish the best for you and for a quick recovery, no injury is fun but maybe it will provide some room for learning and growth. Your strong willed, I am sure you will find the positives in hard times!

  4. *hugs* sorry to hear that. Good luck at the doc with getting officially diagnosed and all that stuff, bleh.

  5. Oh Hollie I’m so sorry. I know you did everything you could to prevet this. You were so careful and took good care of yourself. I’m sorry this happened to you and I hope it heals ASAP.

  6. I am not going to leave the typical ‘I’m sorry… you will be back at it soon’ comment.

    **These situations fucking suck 🙁 Hope the healing process is super speedy girlfriend. xo

  7. oh girl i had a stress fracture last year and six months of no running was tough but worth being healed now. hang in there, I know you will be stronger coming out of it

  8. that is the one thing that kills me about this sport – an injury can take you out and stop you from doing what you love and grow accustom too! Sending you healing vibes 🙂 Feel free to email me if you ever want to vent!

  9. Oh Hollie I am just so sorry to hear this 🙁 I wish there was something more useful to say too! Busting out a cliche statement hear, stay strong woman

  10. so so sorry to hear that, you worked your butt off all summer. I give you props for how much of a point you made to listen to your body and it does not seem fair that you have to deal with this! Do you think it may have had to do with adding in lots of hills everyday once you got to school?

  11. I’ll be thinking about you! My shin splints have been acting up again, and I think I’m just going to have to cut out running for a while (I know I say this every week) until they get better. I don’t want to risk getting hurting myself even more!

  12. Gimp status. We Haz it. I’m sorry 🙁 Das boot’s are no fun… I’m itching to get out of mine… Speedy recovery!

  13. Ugh. Stress fractures. I’ve had a double pelvic stress fracture (pubic ramus, left and right) which could have been my fault, or could have been just sh*tty luck. I was also already getting a load of calcium but it turns out my D3 levels were rock bottom (they’re still not great).

    Metatarsal stress fractures are very common, and I don’t think ‘fault’ generally comes into it with the smaller, more fragile bones in the feet. I don’t think there’s anything you could have specifically done to prevent it, because you train very well. I think it’s just crappy and obviously you have the right to bitch about it as much as you want (I know I sure as Hell would).

    At least you’re already 3 weeks down the road when it comes to healing – I hope it doesn’t continue to seem like an eternity and the remainder of the time passes a little more quickly.


  14. Stress. Fractures. Suck. So so so so much. Especially when you did so much to avoid them. Don’t let it derail you though. You’ll be back eventually!

  15. You totally did everything right, but unfortunately you just random got the stress fracture. It definitely happens. Think of all those injured professional athletes.. A lot of them ARE doing everything right, and they still get injured. I’m sorry you’re so miserable – if you ever want a friend, come visit me! 🙂 We have a lot of cute coffee shops and stuff and I’m always here to talk.

  16. I just recovered from my second stress fracture (after four months of no running), and I feel your pain. With my first one, I did a lot of things wrong, and an injury was waiting to happen. But for the second one? I am still unsure what caused it, as I truly felt I was doing everything right.
    I’ve gone to several doctors, multiple physical therapy sessions and have changed my shoes several times and still? I have nightmares I am just a mile away from stress fracture number 3.
    Anyway, good luck, I hope you have a speedy recovery, and dig out those goggles. That’s the only thing that kept me sane!

  17. awwww damn, sucks… at the moment I know 8 friends with stress fractures of some kind and I myself have had my far share of fractures. Hope it heals quickly for you. Not sure if you have tried Exogen 4000 + but that worked for me well I think it did, made it heal a lot quicker.

  18. Ugh, so sorry you are having to deal with this. I hope you get a speedy recovery.

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