Thursday, February 16, 2006

Meralgia Paresthetica Absentia

Weight: 170.5 lbs.
Distance: 3 miles
Water: not yet
Stretches: no
Weather: Cool & overcast. Almost warm.

Accosted by a friendly neighbor on my warm-down walk, and now I have missed my stretches. Must take care of those before I freeze up.

Thought I ate pretty well today, fruit for lunch, and a PowerBar before the run ... but then the wife had made pound cake yesterday and I couldn't keep my hands off of it. Some times I can maintain a healthy diet. But you know, I was on the road for a couple hours today, and that's boring. Eating is interesting.

I wonder which pains will stay and which will go. I pulled a hamstring last summer, causing much distress in my right thigh and glute, favoring my left foot when my right hadn't completely healed. Now the right foot is perfectly fine and the hamstring still troubles me (go and stretch, boy.)

Four years ago I suddenly developed Meralgia Paresthetica in my right thigh (entirely different area, the front and on the side) which caused a terrible sensation not unlike having the blood rush back into an area that was "asleep" - only painful and constant. Or constant whenever I lay down, only standing made it go away. I would wake up in the middle of the night in pain with it, and had to sleep on my right side to quell it.

Why this happened, I do not know. Specialists taxed my insurance co-payment letting me know that yes, I was actually feeling what I was feeling, giving a name to it, and telling me there was nothing I could do about it. Surgery would cause more problems than it would solve, and besides, it usually lasts two years and goes away.

Don't know when it finally went away. Regular exercise always made it feel better, and though whatever pinched nerve caused it still makes itself known in very subtle ways, for the most part I ignore it.

Don't know what caused it. Obesity can, but at that point in time I had actually lost a lot of weight. Anyway. Hope the hamstring also heals. Now about those stretches ...

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