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I hope there is someone out there who can give me some advice.
I am 27 years old. When I was training for the London Marathon 3 years ago, I tore my calf muscle (gastroc) on a long run. Ever since then I have not been able to run much at all, I can sometimes run for 2-3 months, but then things get worse and I have to stop for a few months again.
I always have a constant feeling in my calf where the scar tissue is, it feels like something is always pressing lightly on the area and whenever I run this feeling increases to the point that it feels like it could tare at any moment (although it has never torn again since the first time 3 years ago).
The scar tissue is about 2-3 inches below the knee and is towards the inside of the leg, almost inline with the band that runs behind the knee on that side.
I have had many MRIs on my back and calf, the back shows some wear to the left of one of my discs, I can't remember which number but i've been told that the nerves from this disc travel down to the area where I am getting the problem, although I have been told that it is not very bad and should not be a problem.
The MRIs I have had on my calf have never shown anything but I have had CT scans more recently that show scar tissue.
I have seen everyone and tried everything that I can think of. I have seen surgeons, many osteopaths, Chiroprators, Physios, Podiatrists and more. The treatment I have had so far is as follows:
Accupuncture to whole calf, weekly for 6 weeks
Deep tissue massage, weekly for 2 months
I've had the area scrapped with an injection needle to increase blood flow then injected with some sort of protein, weekly for 6 weeks,
Regular chiropratic and ostepath treatment over 3 years which include doing countless hours of stretches constantly,
I've had orthotics taylor made, one pair for my normal shoes and one pair for my running ones. I have been wearing these for 6 months now.
I've also been seeing a personal trainer for over 6 months who is also a very experienced high level runner and he has been giving me various strenthening & conditioning workouts to do twice a week to work on weaknesses.
I have got to the point now that I do not know where to turn next. It has got to the stage that the first thought that enters my head every day when I wake up is "does my leg feel the same" and if it does then I'm in a bad mood all day because I can't think of anything else.
At the moment I am so close to giving up and quitting running because I can't put up with being down about this injury anymore but on the other hand I can't deal with the thought of having to give up.
If anyone has any ideas of treatments I could try or people I could see it would be much appreciated, I'm willing to try anything.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.