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Over the past few weeks, the foot pain has more or less limited itself to the lateral side of my left foot, just back of the ball, and a tendency for my arches to cramp if I've either been standing still for most of my shift, or walking at my sister's considerably slower pace. Once my arch cramps, it will cramp again with pressure on it until it's had a fair amount of time to work itself out.
I've also been dealing with bilateral point pains in the area of my lower back/hip and buttocks. There are two specific points on each side that are painful to point pressure, related to stiff/stiffened muscles. Previously, I've associated pain in those areas with either a bed that needs replacing (ours has, for years), a too-stiff mattress (The Other Half likes a much firmer mattress than I do), or riding "in the drops" (the frontmost, curved sections of road and track bike handlebars) with a heavy load on my back. Now, they seem to be related to tightened muscles, which could be the result of cycling without cross-training, or (just as likely) standing for hours at a time, especially since they seem to be aggravated by movements that stretch the IT bands and glutes.
At the best of times, riding in the drops lessens the pressure on my shoulders and wrists, since my elbows act as pistons, absorbing the road shock. The lower position also stretches out the back and glutes, areas that have been giving me trouble. I spent the last few days riding more in the drops, but finding out that instead of easing the pressure on my hands, they've been going numb less than a half-mile out, instead of the three miles out that is more typical for current weather conditions. Mixed bag, that.
The other issue with this all is that the more I try to stretch out after riding, the more my lower back and hips bother me when I try to fall asleep, and the stiffer I am when I awaken. It would make sense that, based on my activity profile (or lack thereof), I should benefit from a structured yoga or Pilates program — but when simple stretching aggravates the issue, I'm baffled.
My next doctor's appointment is in just over a week. I need to make time to discuss these developments with her then.
Megan was diagnosed in 2009 with Type I. As an RN, she was familiar with the medical side of her diagnosis; learning to be a good patient on the other hand, was and continues to be the challenge of her day to day life. (Read More)