I need someone to help me please

@jessi0887 (2794)
United States
June 4, 2009 8:45am CST
I recently have tried to become more aware of my health. I worked out for three weeks. Taking breaks on the weekends. I reduced my sweet intake and started trying to eat healthier options. Then two weeks ago I stopped exercising because of sore muscles. FIrst it was the top of my foot. I figured tendonitis so took ibuprofen and it healed. Now my ankles hurt bad but only when I jog. My ankles dont hurt all day but when I start exercising they do. I do sit ups and push ups and stretches first. Which are fine. THen its time for a quick jog and my ankles hurt. I love exercising because it makes me feel so better. Especially with my unexplained abdominal pains i get now and then. So I really want to jog. I been taking ibuprofen to reduce any inflammation. Now I am about to take naproxen which is another inflammatory med. I also take glucosamine to help build muscle cells. So does anyone have any idea of what I can do? I would go to the doctor but two problems there on no insurance and two busy schedule. Thanks for anyone who does reply with some advice.
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@bodhisatya (2384)
• India
4 Jun 09
Look friend I am no doctor, but I have got some suggestions and see if it works. If your ankles pain when you Jog, then it would probably because you aren't wearing proper shoes perhaps. Try to get a better soled jogging shoes, and I would suggest you to Jog on grass surface rather on a paved road. I would be too glad if it works. If the pain is too severe then seeing a doctor is advisable. Ahh.. perhaps you should try to walk fast before jogging, your muscles would slowly get used to it.
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@jessi0887 (2794)
• United States
4 Jun 09
Thanks. Someone else told me it might be a shoe problem.
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@tutul0045 (2631)
• India
12 Jun 09
Thanks for the BR. I appreciate the gesture
• India
12 Jun 09
Thanks Friends.
@gicolet (1704)
• United States
4 Jun 09
I run frequently and i did get some pain in my right ankle in the past. I realized that I was overdoing it. I don't run outdoors...i run on the treadmill so finding out what caused the problem was easy. I now watch my speed level as when i run too fast my ankle starts to hurt. You need to listen to what your body is telling you. It doesn't matter how motivated you are with all the jogging and exercises you do if your body tells you to stop and rest you should just do so. Don't overdo it. If you really want to focus on your health don't take too much meds. They all have side effects. I haven't taken any pain relievers since 2005. I used to...BIG TIME before that and it kept me in bed. Try to soak a small towel in hot water and place it on your ankle and leave it there for a couple of minutes then do it over again. Better yet soak your feet in hot water. This will allow your veins to loosen up and avoid some kind of contractions. Back in high school I was dance rehearsing for weeks for a competition and after each rehearsal i washed my feet with cold water (pure ignorance) cause i hated seeing them dirty as we were dancing barefooted. Believe it or not my ankles/feet got swollen days before the competition. I really couldn't walk at all and sadly didn't make it to the competition. My mom placed a hot towel on my right foot which was in its worst condition and added a piece of ginger on top. Guess what...it worked. Although my foot turned a bit red from the ginger it really made my feet feel better. I was able to walk in just 2 days after that. Sometimes it pays to ignore the medicine cabinet. Remember there were no such meds hundreds of years ago. Oh and if I were you I would pay more attention to that unexplained abdominal pains. Try to check out www.earthclinic.com. Take care.
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@jessi0887 (2794)
• United States
4 Jun 09
Okay first off I dont run fast. When I say jog its really slow paced jog. So I know in no way am I overdoing it. If anything I am not pushing myself hard enough. I feel I could do so much better. Second of all I don't normally take meds. The only meds I take on regular basis is birth control and vitamins. If you read over my previous post you can easily see that. Normally I only take meds when the pain is bad enough that I need some relief otherwise I bear it out. I am not trying to be rude but i felt a little like your reply was being offensive. When I have dysmerrhea and chronic pelvic pains i know what pain is. When rushing to the delivery room in tears because I feel like i am dying because pain is so bad. When over the counter pain meds are not working on the pain. When prescibed pain meds are only strong enough to take the edge off. The only thing that helps me manage that kind of pain is birth control, exercise, and dieting. So I can honestly say that I know what severe pain is when the pain I had was worse then when I was in labor.
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@jessi0887 (2794)
• United States
4 Jun 09
I was only offended when someone comments saying I am taking too many meds. Other than that I appreciated your feedback and didn't mean to hurt your feelings in anyway. Those three pills are the only thing that has help reduce how bad my ankles were hurting. Yes it only hurts when I jog but I cant stop jogging all together. You think that its because I am overdoing it but like I said I dont think I am overdoing it and haven't been able to do any jogging in over a week so my ankles should of stopped hurting. Any how I am sorry if I sounded like I was lashing out at you but I dont like being told I am taking too many meds when Half the time I dont take anything for any kind of pain not even a headache. I appreciate your feedback and advice but two others told me it may be my shoes and I think that is the reason for sure.
@mommaj (22712)
• United States
4 Jun 09
Sounds like you might want to try a high top running shoe to give your ankles more support. I think you can get ankle braces as well. If that doesn't help you may want to try a different activity. It sounds like a shoe problem since it isn't constant. If the jogging hurts don't jog. Try swimming or walking. Jogging and running are much harder on the JOINTS than walking. Good luck.
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@bamakelly (5194)
• United States
4 Jun 09
It sound like some good advice here. I think it does really depend on the kind of shoes you wear especially for running or walking. There can be a tremendous amount of shock to your back from standing also and not having proper support under you. I used to walk a lot and I do firmly agree with stretching before any kind of rigorous work out whether it be running, jogging or something as simple as walking.
• Philippines
4 Jun 09
I have the same experience as well. the first thing you should always do some 15 minute stretching (legs,arms,hips and feet) before you do some real deal exercise, even if it's just a quick jog. i remember doing the same thing you did and my feet almost got hurt and a sprayed some of my bones. better go check with a doctor, you may never if it get's worse..
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@jessi0887 (2794)
• United States
4 Jun 09
Thanks
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• United States
4 Jun 09
It is normal for your muscles to become sore after excercise. If you are not use to working out your muscles then they will be sore at first. If you are just starting to really excercise I would suggest that you start off slow. Don't go full force like running or jogging 2 miles a day right off the bat. Take your time, let your muscles get adjusted to the excercise that you are doing. If you are a little sore after that is a good thing it means your muscles are getting stronger. Start off with walking maybe 10 to 30 minutes a day and let your muscles get use to that. When they stop being sore you can up your excercise to more minutes or start jogging. Take it slow you don't want to pull any muscles because then you won't be able to do anything. It is good that you are giving your muscles a break on the weekends. It gives them a rest. I hope this helped a little. I use to be on track in high school so I know alot about sore muscles. Good luck and don't give up. :)
• United States
4 Jun 09
Oh Yeah! Don't forget to stretch that is very important. We use to do alot of stretching before we ran. That helps to loosen up the muscles. Drink plenty of water too.
@SinfulRose (3518)
• Davao, Philippines
4 Jun 09
I am not a doctor and I don't do excessive workouts. But what I'm doing is just plain walking everyday. I know that muscles hurt after some days of exercise when it is not used often. The muscles are merely trying to adapt to the changes you are applying to it. Someone told me that if I feel the pain, just continue the exercise. After some days it'll be gone. If you wanted to have no complications or whatsoever, eat everything natural. Drink supplements--use the herbal. Vitamins are okay but make sure that it fits you. I don't drink ascorbic acid because my family's acidic and there's a possibility that I am too. So, I drink the salt form of what we call Vitamin C. I hope this helps, though I doubt it...
• Davao, Philippines
5 Jun 09
I almost forgot. Before you do extensive exercises, be sure to warm up first. It is like walking before jogging to running. Do not push your muscles in a snap. Do some breathing exercises too. It really helps.
@JeninND (65)
• United States
5 Jun 09
I'm sure what the previous poster said about all the meds you're taking was in regards to these quoted sentences: "I figured tendonitis so I took ibuprofen and it healed." "I been taking ibuprofen to reduce any inflammation. Now I am about to take naproxen which is another inflammatory med." I think you should go to a running store (not a shoe store or a sporting goods store, a running specialty store) and get fitted for correct running shoes. Bring your old shoes with you - they will want to see the wear on the soles. They will also watch you run and be able to point out where you may need to make changes to your gait. One more thing, be sure to walk for 5 minutes before you begin to jog. Also do a 5 minute walking cooldown. Stretch AFTER, not before. Stretching "cold" muscles is the recipe for an injury.
• India
5 Jun 09
You please do yoga and pranayama regularly, all your problems will be solved slowlly. don't take any medicines, because it will react in some other way.
• China
5 Jun 09
Hug to you!I haven't experienced this situation,so i couldn't give you any advice.I wish you get well soon.
• United States
5 Jun 09
I am middle aged so I try to avoid strenuous exercise that jolts my old bones. There are other exercises that you can do that will work without so much hardship on you. Tai chi is a good example that is very popular in China. Mostly, I pay a lot of attention to my diet. I saw a good nutritionist who recommended that I focus more on how much I eat and less on what I eat. That way, I can continue to eat my normal foods, but I have to eat in moderation. By using some online guides, I can keep track of my sugar and cholesterol intake and it seems to work well for me. I can still eat a Big Mac or pizza on occasion as long as I control my overall food consumption for the day. So if it's a pig out pizza for lunch with friends, then it's salad for dinner. Or if I want that banana split for dessert, it's fine as long as I compensate for it for my other meals.
@anetteh (3591)
• Sweden
5 Jun 09
I would probably change the shoes you are wearing. Jogging require special shoes on your feets. Perhaps your mucles are overdone, and you need to cool it down a bit. You perhaps do to much of it. You can also try to wrap your ankle when you exersise. I have seen atleets doing that when they are exersising. I am not an dr, and sugest things you could do would not help, rather could do worse for you. Call some one at the hospital up and ask for advises...That do not cost you more than a phone call. God luck and keep mylotting.
• United States
4 Jun 09
The best thing to do is just keep working out. It can take a long time for your body to adapt to jogging or any otherthe high impact excercise. Plus when you do lose weight it takes pressure off your joints and muscles. I'd actually take the ibuprofen about half an hour before jogging. That way your muscles are already more relaxed. A lot of times people carry tension when jogging or running without realizing it. I often do that with my calves. Hot and cold compresses ca help after a workout also.
@Citychic (4078)
• United States
4 Jun 09
Need some help please......... Hi there Jessi, it sounds as if you might need to do some stretching before exercising. I didn't happen to read anything about any stretching in your discussion. Next as for taking over the counter meds, that is one thing that you really should want to slack up on. They are okay every now and then but to use them on a regular bases and by regular I mean daily isn't good for you. It sounds like you love exercising and that is good but you might be taking on too much too soon. Perhaps you should start out walking instead of Jogging. Jogging is something that you have to work up to. Also starting out I"m going to recommend that you only exercise three to four days a week. Then once you start to get better at it you could go for something more strenuous. Basically speaking if you go for a 30 minute fast paced walk or a 30 minute jog every day you should be good to go. I think that you are only getting pain in your ankles because you are not used to it. It is probably a minor condition called shin splints but it can be very painful. If it keeps on hurting past two weeks you might want to go see a doctor and see what they think. I am not a doctor, I studied massage therapy so I do know something about the human body and if you are exercising about every other day you are doing pretty good. As for your stomach pain. There is no reason why your stomach should be hurting. So I have to wonder if it's stress or if it's just cramping up from exercising? If you think it's stress then you need to try to find things to help you to relax. Your stomach pain is another thing that you might want to mention to your doctor if it doesn't appear to get better soon. You mentioned no insurance so you might want to find a local health department and go there and get a physical examination done. They should do it either for free or at a very low cost. Take care of yourself and always put your health first......Good luck and may God bless you.........