Interesting views on surgery there, but this may change your minds!
It has been around for over 4 months and the pain has got worse so to be honest if the surgery option is offered to me I will take it. Apparently half of cysts not removed come back, and this has been the most horrible, debilitating thing I've ever had, not just stopping me from running but causing sufficient pain when walking for me to change my gait.
I would urge anyone with ongoing ITBS, if they have the slightest doubt over diagnosis, to get a scan if at all possible. I'm sure I do have a tight ITB and this did mimic a lot of the typical symptoms. But I've known for a while it was potentially something else, without having the 'courage' to challenge my physio and consultant's approach and demand a look inside.
Some readers may remember that in April and then June I posted two (very detailed) descriptions of a right leg ITB problem that refused to respond to the usual treatment. I have since had an MRI and (subject to a CT scan and blood test) the diagnosis seems to be a ganglion cyst on the proximal tibio-fibular joint (just below the normal ITB problem site). Mercifully these things are benign.
I was just wondering if anyone has had any experience with this and if so, whether they had it surgically removed and what the recovery time was like? Any piece of info gratefully received.
Meanwhile... about 4 weeks ago while doing a hamstring curl on the left leg I felt something 'ripple' on the inside of the leg above the knee (MCL area?). It wasn't especially painful but has been a persistent niggle ever since and I am now getting some pain on the lower front right side of the left kneecap, especially when flexing or extending the leg. (Note: I haven't run at all for 3 months). Doc and knee specialist think it's just a muscle strain and will pass but it's been a while and seems worse not better. Again, grateful for any ideas or advice on self-treatment.
Yep, that's one of the better articles I've read (technical terms notwithstanding, though I'm getting more and more familiar with those now!). I spoke to another podiatrist earlier about a re-assessment. This would 'only' cost £50 but because she'd charge £175 for casting and orthotics (should I need a new revised pair), she said I should think VERY carefully before having that done. Any thoughts on its worth?
The only other thing I haven't quite ruled out from my reading is popliteus tendonitis, which could cause the occasional pinching and tightness (on hills/steps) in the upper calf I suppose, as well as affecting the knee in the same place as ITBS. Or have any ITBS sufferers also had this mild calf trouble develop as a result? Is there a way I can definitely distinguish one from the other? Is there a definitive test a physio could do for this?
Thanks Swerve, it is reassuring to know that this isn't especially unusual and that you have to accept you're 'in for the long haul'. I think I have reached that point but my worry (due to lack of progress and additional niggles) is that it has been misdiagnosed and could turn into something more serious (tendinitis/arthritis). I'd love to be convinced that I'd be showing more symptoms if this were the case. As you can probably imagine I have read reams and reams of literature on the subject and my course of treatment does not seem unusual. However, I have been disappointed in the apparent lack of communication between the physio/podiatrist and the head of the clinic, as the latter seems so unwilling to look at possible biomechanical causes. His assessment that it was caused by one run is probably pretty sound, bearing in mind I went from treadmill to outdoors (part-concrete) at the same time as increasing mileage. But the way it's affected the whole right side would suggest other factors.
I am in Birmingham (Edgbaston area). I certainly agree that it is the symptoms and not the cause that are being addressed. I haven't heard of Injury Rehab and Prevention Specialists and kind of assumed that the job of a physio, podiatrist or sports injury specialist covered that! Are these people separately listed in Yell/other business directories or elsewhere on web perhaps?