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Compartment syndrome

Discussion in 'Common Training Injuries' started by stokey_14, Nov 3, 2011.

  1. TM

    TM Valuable Contributor

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    Yay for me getting a mention on the forums, albeit for a rather depressing reason! Stokey, as the others have alluded to I was diagnosed with CECS at the beginning of the year and had all four compartments released in both legs in February.

    The original thread I made explaining it all can probably be found easily enough with a quick search, but to cut a long story short, I was given a permanent bar to entry without appeal.

    With regards to my legs, I went to see the No.1 CECS specialist in the South, who basically gave me the ultimatum of 1. Stop running for the rest of my life 2. Have surgery. Obviously at the age of 21 it was a no-brainer.

    I really hope you get some relief from the stretching, but I spent two and a half years trying to understand and take control of my symptoms. I literally tried everything possible, but the simple fact is that due to the nature of CECS, surgery is the only realistic solution.

    Any questions fire away. I hope I haven't sounded too doom and gloom - to counter that: I'm starting Sandhurst next May with a Para POC in March.

    Edit: Just to add, the only way to confirm a CECS diagnosis is through some very uncomfortable pressure testing and is very difficult to get done on the NHS.
     
  2. stokey_14

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    Right, second lot of physio done this morning. The bloke had a good poke/massage of my calves and we discussed how we think the stretching and hot soaks have been affecting the muscle. There seems to be a marked improvement in both calves mainly the right one. More flexibility, as there should be after 2 weeks of stretching the crap out of it. Also much less tenderness.

    POA from here on out is to go back to him in 3 weeks, carry on stretching and hot soaking but also ease back into running. Going to try and do a slow and steady 2.5 miler twice a week with a 1.5 miler in-between. Focusing on just getting round pain free and warming up and down thoroughly.

    I?m going to use this thread to keep track of these runs, think of it as an ?incapacity workout log?

    So far so good? another testing 2.5 miler this evening but first off for a spot of lunch with the old man.


    Good to here from you TM, glad everything is going well with the Para app.

    I?ll take into account what you have said, if it comes to surgery then so be it, I would probably follow in your footsteps (though as a OR) After seeing such improvements as stated above I?m fairly optimistic but should the problem persist my Physio has warned of the possibility of needing surgery. I can see these next 3 weeks being quiet telling with regards to where I?ll have to go.

    All the best

    Stokey
     
  3. DPS

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    So, looking good for the moment at least? I hope it carries on that way! Having surgery would be a bit of a downer following TM's informative post but it's not the end of a military career at least! Keep on keeping on and look forward to hearing more (hopefully good) news.
     
  4. Illustrious

    Illustrious Royal Marines Commando - Moderator

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    Stokey, without sounding like I'm kissing up (keep dreaming) I've watched your posts from years gone by here and at MF/MFAT and have been impressed with your maturity right from the off. Its a shame to find you've been suffering CS and I wish you the best, whatever option fixes you. I've no doubt I'll see you around the bazaars in a few years time. Keep your head up lad and it will come.
     
  5. stokey_14

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    Right now it?s looking up, however that could all change after this run I?m about to do haha worst case I would need to have an OP and look down other paths with regards what branch I join. Best case I sort this out quick time and everything goes ahead as planned.

    Certainly not the end of the world.




    Cheers Illustrious Much appreciated! God thinking back to MFAT I really have been at this far too long, mind you I was 14 back then but even so haha

    Indeed it will happen in one way or another, frustrating as it may be I?m fully aware plenty have it far worse.

    See you in a few years

    Stokey
     
  6. DPS

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    How'd the run go matey? Any updates yet?
     
  7. stokey_14

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    Pain free 2.5 miler in the bag last night, stretches still being done daily, will be running again tomorrow, the real test is to see if the lack of pain keeps up!

    All good so far!

    Stokey
     
  8. stokey_14

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    Quick up date, just got in from a 3 miler, had to stop briefly about half way round to stretch the back out, not calve related thankfully just a tight back that eased of after that.

    No pain, shall be doing the same route on Sunday so we?ll see how that goes. So far I?m very happy with how things are going!

    Fingers crossed

    Stokey
     
  9. Stoo2k

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    Good news mate. There is hope for some of us then.
     
  10. DPS

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    Good to see it's going as well as it can do. Hope it carries on that way.
     
  11. stokey_14

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    Thanks, had a few bad days last week, backed off a little and hammered the stretching and had probably my best run in over a year this weekend. Going again tomorrow so will have to wait and see.

    Main thing is its 10x better than it was back in October/November time.

    Cheers for the support folks

    Stokey
     
  12. DPS

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    Out of interest, which foam roller do you use? I want to give one a try.
     
  13. mora_blade

    mora_blade Valuable Contributor

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    Stokey,

    I have a little technique/theory if you want to give it a go. I swear by it and I've been niggle free for ages now!

    Basically after a run or whenever your leg muscle are warm, you walk with your knees bent, keeping your heels on the floor throughout the range of movement. You should feel a stretch down the back of the calf to the top of the Achilles tendon. Almost like a squat walk. Sounds funny but I believe it helps the flexibility and strength of those muscles relieving the strain on the shin muscles. I suppose it targets the same muscles as a one leg squat.

    My theory is that it's a dynamic range of movement stretch which can be more beneficial than a static stretch. Let me know if you try it. Thanks.
     
  14. stokey_14

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    A big white one haha sorry, can't find where i got it from but it cost me ?8-9 and is just a standard white roller.

    Google them and find the cheapest!


    Will certainly give this ago, every little helps and all that.

    shall report back after my run tomorrow.

    Stokey
     
  15. DPS

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    :notrust: Thanks.
     
  16. stokey_14

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    :redface:

    Awww don?t be like that DPS? seriously there cheep as chips and there is no point in splashing out on brand name ones either big white one?s lasted me close too 2 years of near daily use so far.

    stokey
     
  17. DPS

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    Haha, I was more reffering to size...which doesn't matter obviously :unsure:

    I ordered a big blue one for ?10 :laugh:
     
  18. stokey_14

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    Quick update folks, off to see a specialist in 6 days, hoping to get a definitive plan of action from him. My Physio referred me wanting a second opinion on what to do next. Frankly weather that?s some other route or surgery I?m past freaking out about it. If I?m told surgery is my best option I?ll crack on with that ASAP as my main desire is to get back to full health and be running regularly. This would mean a bar from the RM which I?m sure you all understand is gutting but there no point feeling sorry for my self and I?d presue a different career in the military.

    More than likely the Para?s though I haven?t started looking in depth else where yet as my RM dream is still alive.

    Can?t say much more until next Thursday but in rather more up beat news my upper body strength and CV is Improving greatly due to the circuit heavy regime I?m following and I?m the lightest I?ve been for a long time.

    Got to keep on keeping on as they say.

    Stokey
     
  19. TM

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    Good luck Stokey. If you do end up going down to route of surgery and want to know about recovery times, rehabilitation etc. then drop me a message.
     
  20. stokey_14

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    Cheers I certainly will do should that option arise.

    Stokey