Agonizing leg pain

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    Nov 13, 2007 11:18 PM GMT
    I have been regularly exercising for years, though there are times when I stop and start again, or otherwise change my workout. I just added serious cardio to my workout 6 months ago, with jogging and running instead of just walking.

    For the past 6 months, it's agony even walk. Just jogging across the street to get to the other side quicker puts me in enough pain that I have trouble standing up and walking. The pain is just below and above my knees, at the back of my legs, so the hamstring and calves.

    I'm not kidding about the pain. It's enough to nauseate me from time to time.

    If I go a few days without any leg exercises, whether it is squats or power-walking or jogging, or running, the pain goes away, but the moment I do anything beyond the ordinary, it's instant pain. I've stopped exercising - it's too much.

    I've tried new shoes - I just bought nike running shoes with supports and air filled whatevers with all that good stuff. I spent a long time looking over it and was assured that they'd significantly reduce stress on my legs and feet.

    What am I doing wrong? I used to walk, run, and jog everywhere years ago. What changed?
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    Nov 13, 2007 11:24 PM GMT
    not sure what has happened. a couple things to consider:

    1) your arch in your foot may have changed

    2) your joints may need help: try glucosamine conjointant (sp?) it helps

    3) are you used to running on treadmills and then switch to street?

    4) may be lifting too much with your legs or you may have hyperextended.

    all thoughts
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    Nov 13, 2007 11:46 PM GMT
    A little more info:

    I started out by jogging on the sidewalk with 2 year old sneakers with no supports of any kind.

    I just moved to the south side and we have a gym. I've instead been jogging two miles every other day between 4 and 9.5 speed on the treadmill. No incline. That's when I bought the shoes to fix the pain I was experiencing. I assumed the pain was from jogging on hard cement without proper support.

    I gave up my car when I moved, so I walk everywhere now, including 6 blocks to and from Subway most days a week.

    I don't do a lot of stretching - just some before and I barely warm up before I'm jogging. Do I need more time before-hand?

    I'm a software developer. I sit on my ass ALL day long.

    I'm not weight-training with weights: I don't want to gain significant muscle. While hot guys with big muscles are nice, and I certainly have some muscle, I don't want it big. I do squats without weights at all. My weight training is pushups! ha

    So I should go see a doctor instead? This isn't something that I can correct otherwise?
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    Nov 13, 2007 11:57 PM GMT
    You're 24, none of those other factors you mentioned proabably matter. It's not like you're in your 40s or 50s. Walk or drive or take the bus, but don't run, to a doctor.
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    Nov 14, 2007 12:40 AM GMT
    I shall do so!
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    Dec 20, 2007 5:10 PM GMT
    You haven't written to let us know if you solved your problem.

    During August, 2007 I was beginning to find my running painful, even walking was painful for my feet and ankles. I went to buy some new trainers and had my running gait analysed. My left ankle was collapsing and my right leg was doing all the work with the calf muscle better developed. One problem was that although my trainers were the right type for my runnning gait, they were not cushioned enough. Consequently my feet were slamming onto the road surface. So I needed a change from Asics to Saucony which have more cushioning, and I saw a Podiatrist who recommended inserts for my shoes. I wore my new trainers plus othoses around the house that evening, and the following morning I had no aches and pains. Now wear the orthoses all the time and had pain free running. Just goes to show how important it is to wear the right shoes.

    icon_redface.gif And then I broke a metatarsal, cracked my ankle and tore ligaments. icon_rolleyes.gif Which has ruined my 2008 running season.