When I arrived to his office... let me just tell you that he didn't recognize me. Not because he is awful and cannot remember his patients, but because I had changed SO much since he last saw me. The first thing he said was, "Wow Jen, you look GREAT" with a big smile and even more enthusiasm than all caps can convey. See, I told you he is awesome! (Not that you are going there, but in case you are - we are both happily married with two children each, so he was NOT flirting... just genuinely happy that I had shed the weight. He was surprised it was 50 lbs... but that just means I carry fat well - and who wants that trophy? Not, me!)
Anyway, after examining my knee and poking and turning it and asking me where the pain levels where, he diagnosed it as: Iliotibial Band Syndrome or IT Band issues or Runner's knee.
According to About.com: "People who suddenly increase their level of activity, such as runners who increase their mileage, often develop iliotibial band syndrome." Check!
This was great news. I thought he may ask me to have my ACL surgery sooner than later. And he once again confirmed that running does not affect your ACL and reminded me that I cannot play basketball, soccer, tennis, dodge ball (remember, I am a youth minister), or any other sports that require side pivoting... because down I will go and it will hurt. He offered a Cortisone shot and I kindly declined. Can we say, "Ouch!"?
He gave me a list of stretches and after conversing with my sister-in-law Kirsten who has suffered with this for many years - currently in recovery, I got a game plan and it includes lots of stretching, rolling on my foam roller (instead of allowing my son to pretend it is Darth Vadar - since it is black - and destroy it), and ICE, ICE, ICE it!
And in case you missed it in my review yesterday, I ran 3.1 miles pushing the jogging stroller and baby in 29:52 on Monday. My breathing was AWFUL.. but it felt good to really push myself.