I went to the foot doctor on Monday, expecting some good news, but alas, none was to come. He asked how my foot felt, I said "fine". He said it wasn't swollen. I said, "Yeah...that could be because I am taking 2400 mg of motrin a day for Costochondritis. He nodded his head, asked how I got Costo and empathized with my pain. Then he took an X-ray.
When he came back he looked a bit baffled. "Still not healed. These suckers take a long time...how about we put screws in your foot?"
|They look like drywall screws...are you kidding?|
Okay....so a month ago you said 4-6 weeks in the boot no problem....now you want to put screws in? No effin way!
So I looked at him and simply said, "You are not putting any screws in my foot." I healed from a Jones Fracture in 12 weeks, I will heal from this too.
And so, he sent me on my way with another appointment in 4 weeks.
In the meantime I started to think about all of the motrin I have been taking (and trying to wean from). Hmmmmm....I had a hunch so I googled "Motrin effects bone healing". Isn't google great?
What do you know?? Motrin (or any NSAID) slows bone healing. In fact, they give it to people when they DON'T want a bone to grow back.
I have been trying to wean myself off of the motrin for two weeks now. Sunday and Monday were pretty much costochondritis symptom free.
|HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY|
Anyone who has experienced the pain associated with costochondritis will understand my expression of joy.
|And it's back|
So back up to 2400mg I go. Slow bone healing I have to accept.
I made an appointment with a Sports Medicine Doctor for this afternoon. I am feeling very confused around this whole thing. I'm not sure what I should be doing, could be doing or absolutely should not be doing in order to make this chest pain go away.
I exercised Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Mostly on the bike but I also did light resistance with arms and shoulders and some core stuff. Could that have triggered a relapse in symptoms?? Should I lay off all resistance, or will resistance actually help the healing? Is the motrin really effecting the healing time of my foot? Is there an alternative anti-inflammatory? How long can I expect this to last?
Oy, so many questions. Hopefully today I will get some answers! Stay tuned. :)