Now I know there is no right or wrong answer but some helpful advise would be appreciated.
I've spent the last 2 years with all sorts of strains from running & triathlon (although running is my real love). Had 2 knee operations in the early nineties, with the meniscus cartlidge being completely removed from my left knee.
Anyway I'm back running but getting discomfort from my knee in general (feels like I need WD40 in it!!). I had an MRI scan and the specialist informed me "there is early signs of wear and tear, but no serious damage although he wants to chat to me about my running".
Now I know he will advise me to re-think about my running and I will listen to his advice. However I'm unsure whether to give up running totally - I don't want arthritis in future, but it's my favourite hobby and I don't want to give up just because there is a bit of wear and tear that most sporting people get.
A bit of a ramble I know, but I'm just a bit confused.
I've been trying the Gordon Pirie method for the last 5 weeks after numerous injuries. I think if you are injury free then stick with your natural style, but if not it is definately worth a go (especially as I previously tried podiatrists, physios, hospitals, oesteopaths, witch doctors ...).
To start with I couldn't even walk upstairs due to the calf pain, but now I can (almost) run daily, although I'm running every other day to take it easy.
I run for 10 minutes then stretch, then another 10 minutes, but started out at 5 minutes each time. But again I think if you want to try it then see how you go and go from there - remember everyone is different.
I certainly find I run easier and lighter. I'm still in stability shoes but I'm so hopeful of curing my injury woes I'm off to buy racers at the weekend.
I would still be tempted to see a physio, just for a diagnosis. The doctor has given you pills, but the problem could well be muscle related and this probably won't fix it.
The physio will give you the relevant strectches/exercises and this will get you running sooner (in my humble opinion that is) and although costs money will be worth it in the long run (no pun intended!!)
Don't worry - it's not ignorance, I'd never heard of it until I read another message on the forum.
Try 'www.gordonpirie.com'. Here you can download the extract from his book about 'running fast and injury free'. Even if you think it is rubbish it is interesting. I certainly feel 'smooth' when running but can only do 5 minutes at a time before my calves/achilles stiffen up, especially early in the morning.
I know how you feel. After 2 years of injury woes I was on the point of giving up (I am still tempted, believe me). I've been to see every 'specialist' under the sun and still no joy.
However, as a last resort I'm trying the Gordon Pirie/POSE method which is meant to be less strain on the ol' legs. It might be worth considering, but like most things I expect it is no miracle cure - the only thing I know is some people with bio-mechanical issues are very prone to injury.