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Diagnosis - Femoral (Femur) Shaft Stress Fracture

I already strongly suspected this would be the case, but now it has been officially diagnosed. Well, here’s what this means:

The Bad

  • Can only bike or swim for the next 2 weeks. Have follow-up visit on September 12.
  • Will most likely miss the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon on October 7th.
  • Will most likely miss the Murfreesboro “Middle” Half Marathon on October 13th.

The Good

  • I don’t need crutches.
  • The MD said this is a “Low Risk” stress fracture since the bone is very thick (i.e. not likely to become a full fracture)
  • I should be able to return to running in 4 to 6 weeks
  • When I return, I should NOT have to gradually work my way back into running. He said that if I wanted I could run a marathon the next day (not planning on it…btw)
  • Therefore, I should still be able to run the Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon and maybe the Harpeth Hills Flying Monkey Marathon (though not as fast as I had hoped)

Considering that I already expected this diagnosis, this turned out to be pretty good news. I was expecting to be out for 8 to 12 weeks, so 4 to 6 was much, much better. He said that you generally only see a stress fracture of the femur in “advanced runners” (his phrase, not mine) who are in top condition. I thought this was a very nice way to tell someone they had a stress fracture :-)

Anyway, I plan on hitting the bike (and maybe the water) hard over the next two weeks, and look forward to my next follow-up visit to track progress. Keeping my eyes fixed on the road ahead! Thanks to everyone for their support.

  1. lagirlontherun said: so sorry to hear that it is a fracture but the short recovery time is definitely good news. hang in there! you can take your beast mode to the pool/bike!
  2. becky-balances said: Uh oh. Prayers for a speedy recovery!
  3. betternikki said: I hope it thoroughly heals in the expected time. It’s good that you know now.
  4. rookcanrun said: That sounds like the best of the bad possibilities, so I guess there is that. Hopefully it doesn’t set you back too much.
  5. mar-kicksass said: Wow, that is craaazy! I can’t believe you have a stress fracture of the FEMUR! Glad to hear you will be ok after some time off. Did he recommend any type of calcium supplement or anything?
  6. runlong said: Also remember, anti-inflammatories (like ice and ibuprofen) slow down recovery on stress fractures.
  7. losingitall said: I’m so pleased you will be able to participate in your marathons still. I hope the next month passes quickly for you.
  8. seechrisrun said: I hope you’re back to full strength soon. Is pool running okay? Not fun or graceful, but can be effective.
  9. lifewithkim said: Love your positive outlook! I know you hate to be sidelined but six weeks will fly by and you will be back at it again. I’ll keep praying for a speedy recovery.
  10. runslikeapenguin said: I’m sorry you have an injury, but I’m very glad that the diagnosis was so positive! :)
  11. katiegirlchasesinfinity said: Ahh what a bummer :( but congrats on being such an advanced athlete! :) hope that it heals soon!
  12. 94monkeys said: oh, T. I am so sorry. But luckily it isn’t worse! rehab smart and you’ll be back soon.
  13. runningwithpump said: Glad to see it’s nothing TOO damaging. Love the optimistic outlook. Good luck on the bike!
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