Six weeks now after having finished my Camino, I still can’t walk properly.
I’m hobbling around like an old man.
(If you’ve read my past postings, I’ve previously defined as “old” anyone over the age of 60. I’m 59 yrs 10 mths and 2 wks, so technically I’m still a young buck…)
I have a deep seated reluctance to see doctors, believing the body heals itself, but yesterday I finally went to my GP.
My problems were two-fold: my knee is still very painful, and my left foot is numb, under the ball of the foot. And it’s not improving.
I walked 800+kms in 31days, and for 28 of those days I took 600mgs of Ibuprofen thrice daily. It reduced my pain and enabled me to complete the walk, but it also masked some warning signs.
So, what the doctor said…
With the knee, I have to get an MRI, and will probably need surgery. And with the foot, it seems I might have “nerve entrapment,” which happens when tissue around a nerve swells, or gets damaged, and it blocks nerve functions to the foot.
I had very bad tendonitis on that lower leg, and that’s what I think has caused it. I now have to go see a Neurologist and have tests, to see where this nerve entrapment resides.
So, the cost of walking the Camino….months of lingering pain and medical bills.
But, I have to get these injuries fixed up –
– so I can do it again!