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Three years ago, I decided to run my first 5k. I trained using an app that taught me how to go from sitting on the couch to running a 5k in just over a few weeks. I practiced and practiced until I thought I had it down. What could go wrong? The day of the race, I woke up early, and I was so excited to conquer the miles in front of me! To my surprise, not even one mile in, I physically could not run anymore. I had the worst pain that I have ever felt in both of my hips. I had no idea what I had done to them because I trained so hard. I talked with my doctor, and we figured it out - I trained on flat land, but the race was full of hills. He diagnosed my with hip tendonitis, and told me to take it easy for a bit.
I was so disappointed, especially since my sister and husband both had joint problems, as well, and ran the race totally fine. I asked my sister, Katie about her knee problems and she told me: "When I hurt my knee it was the worst pain, minus childbirth, that I have ever experienced. My knee was constantly swollen, painful, and it was very unstable. Walking and going downstairs were difficult, never mind any athletic activity. As an avid runner and skier it was important that I get it fixed, so I could resume the activities that I loved as well as maintain a healthy lifestyle. The surgery and rehab were painful, but worth it! For PT, I used an amazing athletic trainer who got me back into shape quickly. Now, I have no limitations. I am back to skiing, running half marathons, etc. My knee is amazing.”
Why could Katie run it even after having knee surgery, but I couldn’t when I had no prior joint pain at all? The answer is because no body is the same. Everyone experiences different symptoms and pain when they do have joint problems, and this is exactly why you need to talk with your doctor when you do have joint pain instead of making assumptions. I asked my brother, Robert Titelman, who is an orthopedic surgeon why it is important to talk with a doctor when you have joint pain. He told me, “It is important to talk to the doctor because you may be doing more damage to the joint by ignoring it. Also, the longer it goes, the harder it is to make it better without surgery.”
To this day, I still have issues with my hips every now and then, and it really holds me back from doing some of my favorite activities. When suffering from joint pain, life can definitely feel like it’s on hold. When my pain was really bad, I know I definitely felt like I was missing out with my loved ones when they wanted to do an activity that I couldn’t. I found myself sitting out instead of finding a solution to my pain. I stopped cooking, playing with the dogs, baking, walking, and even going to any event where I had to stand for a long period of time. I couldn’t keep up with the things that I loved, and that was pretty depressing. I finally had to tell myself that I couldn’t miss out on anything else - I had to “Hit Play” on my life so that I wouldn’t miss out on anything else with my friends and family.
Do you have joint pain? There is no reason to miss out on your favorite activities. Instead, talk to a doctor about a treatment option that will work for you so that you can “Hit Play” on your life! You can find a physician who can help you out at this website. I am so happy that I talked with a doctor about my pain because now I am back to doing all of the things that I love!