|Deep Vein Thrombosis is the formation|
of a blood clot (thrombus) in a deep
vein, predominantly in the legs.
During my running life I have had serious injuries to my Achilles tendons, knees and lower back, as well as the usual torn and strained muscles, tendons and ligaments. In each case, I've learned a lot about those injuries, including through missteps I have made in dealing with them.
I like to think that my own experiences allow me to offer soundly-based views on the running-linked injuries of friends when asked. In the case of soft tissue injuries, I generally advise patience and the avoidance of activities that worsen the symptoms. If something seems more serious or inexplicable, I usually suggest starting with a doctor. They have a range of diagnostic tools at their disposal and a broader range of knowledge about the possible causes than ancillary or alternative health care professionals. I'm not a fan of starting with the latter because I believe their field of knowledge and the tools they have available make it less likely they will consider all of the possible sources of a problem. This can lead to misdiagnosis and a delay in recovery.
|Pulmonary Embolism is a blockage of the main artery |
of the lung or one of its branches by a substance
that has travelled from elsewhere in the body
through the bloodstream (embolism).
I will now be quick to advise any runners suffering from the symptoms described above to urgently seek the advice of a doctor. Early intervention is important and delay could be fatal. It's just not worth the risk of persevering.
After mentoring this morning's track session at the Terrigal Haven, I walked for about 6km, feeling fresh and healthy the whole way, and wishing I could be running my usual post-track session 11km.