Okay, before I blog about my life and my running...did you watch the Boston marathon today? I was pretty much only interested in the women's race. And, specifically, I was interested in the performances of Desiree Davila and Kara Goucher (and Joan Samuelson, too). Though Kara did not win, she ran a big PR. Given that I have a baby around the age of her son, I can tell you that that is a HUGE accomplishment. I hope she is not disappointed with her performance.
And Desiree Davila...wow, just wow. Second place in 2:22:xx. That's insane. I am so happy for her and for women's marathon running in the United States. And we have to give a shout out to Ryan Hall, who ran 2:04. The winning time for the men was the fastest marathon EVER run! Now, it won't beat the current WR given that Boston is a net downhill course...but still...just, wow.
Okay, back to me. I saw Dr. Stowell, the doctor who delivered Rowan, this morning. There has been some consideration on my part about whether my pain could be due to endometriosis. In a word: no. The reason is that I don't have any pelvic pain. Now, endometriosis can spread/grow anywhere in the body, including the diaphragm. But it always starts in the pelvis and grows from there. I just don't have any pelvic pain.
Though he couldn't help me, Dr. Stowell acknowledged that this pain is a result of my pregnancy. I didn't have it before or during the pregnancy. I had Rowan, and boom there it was. He mentioned that he's seen several women sustain abdominal strains as a result of pregnancy, but that those usually don't last over a few weeks. In addition, he said they usually complain of pain lifting/twisting (as you would expect with damage to the ab muscles). I don't have that...and, anyway, I have an MRI that says my abdominal muscles look totally normal. He said that it is feasible to believe that something is either pulling/pushing on a nerve, or that something got stuck together. EXACTLY. That's what I think is going on. I told him of my plans to see a surgeon in Indy next week, and he thought that was a good idea.
So...while I didn't get any answers, I finally had someone listen to me and acknowledge that this pain originated with my pregnancy (AND NOT RUNNING). I am hopeful that it can be totally resolved. Until then...I'm getting a new TENS unit tomorrow. A 6-lead one, which will allow me to stimulate more areas while I run. I have to go to the outpatient therapy clinic to be "trained" on it. They don't realize that I know a LOT about TENS units at this point, and the only way to deal with my pain is to turn the intensity all the way up. I get to wear it during my 7 (yes, just 7) miler tomorrow. And taper continues...