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TFL / IT band pain - help!


I have been an avid runner for over a year now, and have been running outside and indoors and in a variety of conditions without any pain at all.

Last week while running I started noticing some pain in my TFL. It would go away, and recur while sitting at my desk. I took a week off running and switched up my shoes - because indoors I was running in barefoot shoes, and figured a switch to sneakers would help. I've also been stretching during my time off. I think this pain relates back to some weight training I was doing rather than running, as I had a "personal record" for squats just a few days before the pain started. Perhaps my form wasn't the best.

Now I can still run about 2 miles before my leg pain starts. If any of you are familiar, you know this is also connected to your GM, IT band, etc. I feel like I just cannot stretch it enough. 

Oh yeah and I'm also deathly afraid of doctors (or, of passing out at an appointment) so I have been delaying seeking physio for now. Any advice? With some more off time do you think this will quietly go away on its own? I don't see too much about it during research - just a lot of stretches for that particular area. 

Maybe I should invest in a foam roller.
Apr 07, 2015 @ 02:37 pm

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I know I hate getting these kinds of replies myself when I ask, but honestly, I think a doctor is the only one who can help you. There's nothing to be afraid of from a doctor, they can't physically harm you, and they're always professional and won't embarrass you in any way. I recommend going to your family doctor, and maybe he or she will recommend you see a physiotherapist who specializes in muscle recovery.
Apr 07, 2015 @ 03:47 pm

I wish.

@glumbumble - I agree! and my rational brain definitely agrees. unfortunately the irrational, anxious remainder of my brain doesn't care about being rational haha. and after passing out at almost every doctor's appointment I've ever had, I think I know which part of my brain is in charge :/ even the thought of it makes me need to take an Ativan. honestly I am surprised I can even read up on it and stretch it without panicking.

thankfully I have a doctor's appointment that I can't avoid coming up later in the spring...unfortunately I feel like I will likely end up waiting until then, when I can no longer avoid going. here's hoping it will just fix itself in the meantime.
Apr 07, 2015 @ 03:55 pm


Maybe you should ask the dr for Lorazapam to help with the anxiety you get when going to drs?
Apr 07, 2015 @ 08:30 pm

good idea!

I thought about it but I don't think anxiolytics are the cure. With this specific phobia the last thing you want to do is relax more to lower your blood pressure...because that will just exacerbate the fainting :/ believe me, I have been consciously battling this since I first remember passing out in 4th grade from the hepatitis shot ;) I am running out of ideas.

on a positive note, my leg is feeling fantastic today. and someone gave me a physio recommendation. so I just need to find the courage to go!
Apr 08, 2015 @ 07:57 am

talk it out?

Do you have the same anxiety with therapists? Maybe you need to talk to one, figure out what the underlying cause is for this irrational fear and work on ways to overcome it. It must be hard to get through life being afraid to go to the doctors. And I'm sure it'll only get worse as you get older and need more serious medical assistance.

I'm glad your leg is feeling better, at least temporarily.
Apr 08, 2015 @ 03:40 pm


I thought that was a good suggestion too :) unfortunately that's where my prescription for Ativan came from haha and that didn't really help :/ it is hard to talk about without passing out, and it's a pretty detrimental phobia to have. I will likely take your advice and perhaps head back to a more counselling-centred therapy rather than medication-centred.
Apr 08, 2015 @ 03:55 pm


I'm sure there's plenty of therapists out there that are more focused on behavioral therapy, rather than pushing pills. You just have to find the one that suits you better. I definitely think it's better to get control of this now than have it become even more of an issue as you get older.
Apr 08, 2015 @ 04:09 pm

hope you feel better soon

hope that you are feeling better..
Apr 08, 2015 @ 07:40 pm

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