So, I saw a doctor the Monday after the marathon and got XRays and MRIs of both knees and legs.
Here were the results:
Right Leg -
1. Xray - No stress fracture in my right leg (I thought 50/50 I had one, although it did show thickening of the bone which indicates that I may have had one in the past). Good news. The xrays of both of my knees were completely normal.
2. MRI - Right Knee
- (1) severe IT band syndrome in my right knee (I have had this before and can fix it via physical therapy, ice, rest, elevation, and anti inflammatories). Despite the fact that I roll out my IT bands everyday, I still had this injury, and my physical therapist said that it will likely take 6-8 weeks for me to fully recover.
- (2) arthritis in the knee (I have had this in the past)
- (3) a small Baker's cyst behind the right knee (unexpected but it is small and doesn't really bother me, so nothing to do with it).
- Right knee bottom line - everything is fixable, no major problems.
- (1) Bursitis behind my knee around my medial gastroc (I thought I had a gastroc strain, so this was good news).
- (2) A very large ganglion cyst behind my left knee (over 3 cm by 3 cm large). These occur normally in people (and I have a history of cysts in my body due to my Crohn's disease), but this cysts (non cancerous) is pushing under some tendons and around the bone and is really bothering me
- I am having this cyst drained tomorrow (5/27). I'm told that I will feel better almost immediately.
Since I haven't been able to run much, I have been riding a spinning bike at the gym. Luckily, I can do this without pain. I'm really enjoying doing something other than running and hope to keep up cycling when my knees are 100%. I'm actively looking to buy a road bike now, so any and all advice is greatly appreciated!
My next marathon is on 10/10/10 in Chicago, so this is a great time to take some time off to let my body recover.