I had compartment syndrome a while back suffered for many years, would go our on one run and be okish do another a few days later and could barely walk! I would be shuffling around for days afterwards!! I was also playing netball and the pain and tenderness was unbearable!!
It took many years of pain to realise what it was as I just thought shin splints! I went to a sports physio and she thought it was compartment syndrome.I had my inner and outer muscles either side of my shin released on both legs about 5 years ago now. I was lucky enough to have an Army surgeon in my local NHS who I had been seeing about my knee (they see it all the time in the army). I had a bone scan instead of pressure test due to it not being on the NHS. The bone scan showed enough inflammation to confirm it and he operated.
Its the best thing I have ever done as the relief afterwards was so great! within 6 weeks I was gradually getting back to running!! I massaged my scars for months afterwards every night and now they are so soft and have no scar tissue and the scars themselves are very thin now.
Now I am suffering from shin splints!!! in one leg and it is bugging the hell out of me!!
I had surgery last year and although the pain got a lot less I was still having pains in the outer shin area when I started running again!! So in August this year I had the anterior compartments released and so far so good. I have done some running and gone back to Netball, even done some body combact and step classes which I couldnt do before. I am really happy with the results so far.
After care is so imporatant, I ended up going private for physio as the NHS one I had was useless!! I also massaged the scars as soon as the scar started healing and they are nice and soft now hopefully the color will fade soon as not looking very attractive in a netball skirt!!!
Anterior was alot quicker to recover from then the Deep posterior. The bruising on the Deep posterior was immense! I was still on crutches after 3 weeks. The Anterior ones I was walking on within a day and the bruising was nowhere near as bad. (I have lovely pics if you wish to see!!)
Good luck, I hope you get it sorted out, any other advise you need just let me know
Weird, just got an email to say this had been posted in.
Im having my deep posteriors released tomorrow!! to say im nervous is an understatement! I have had this pain for near on 4 years and do you know what in the last few months its not as painful as it was lol but im still getting some pain.
Anyhow since my last post 3 posts up, i saw my consultant who sent me for a bone scan, when the results came back he agreed that there was enough evidence on the scan and with my description of the pain, he was more then satisfied to operate without the pressure test, which I would of had to pay for and also the muscle compartment its in the pressure test is not always accurate.
So role on next year when hopefully i can start running races again! Im also looking at traithlons as well as I have been doing a lot cycling/spinning and swimming since this problem.
Anyone know what sort of time frame after the op i will be back on my feet and possibly running/jogging again? Ive been doing what I can to be extra fit before the op so hopefully its wont take me much to get back into it again.
I have had this issue for near on 3 years, Thought it was Shin Splints went to a sports physio and she said it was chronic CS. She said no amount of rest, massage, physio was going to cure it. In between that I have had knee operation which meant 3 months of no Running or Netball. As soon as I went back it was back.
Anyway finally got my GP to refer me to my consultant which happens to be my knee surgeon and is an Army Doctor. Whilst in for another knee op last september the rest of the people on the list were CS people having ops. All of them were army peeps.
Anyway finally got an appointment last week with my consultants registrar who said they have never come across a civvie with CS before and that there is no testing at my local hospital (frimley Park) and that all army people come straight from the medical centre after testing. They are going to write to the army centre to see if they will do the compression test for me and then my surgeon can operate.
Guv23 - Did you find anywhere else to do the test? if the army won't test I will be in the same position as you and near enough in the same area.
Good luck to anyone who has this, it is the most painful, soul destroying injury ever. Even doing aerobics brings the pain on. I am so fed up with it and I just want to be pain free. I have been picked for a very good netball team and the training is causing me problems and I hate it and as soon as it is fixed il be a very happy bunny.
If you think you may have it get it sorted, see a sports physio and then get your gp to refer you and just chase it. No amount of massage, straping, resting is going to get rid of it.