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Hey all I have been thru the worst 7 weeks of my life running wise and i'm finally on the road to recovery I wanted to share how I did it. I know there are so many posts on here about how to get better, different stretches and theories etc. believe me I have read them all. i first got the pain on a park run 7 weeks ago it was just a niggling pain on the side of my knee which was bearable and easy to run through. I then went off to do a hilly 8 miles and had to stop about 5 miles in as the pain in my knee was so bad, when i stopped runnng the pain went away and after walking a while i was able to run again for a bit. The next day I had a 17 mile run which I only made 1 mile before the pain was so bad i had to stop. I was two weeks off sunderland marathon and had being training hard, I read up on stretches and thought I would be fine in a few days..... Wrong tried another run a few days later same thing again pain after a mile. I booked in with a sports physio for a deep tissure massage which to be honest didnt' do anything. I went to sunderland and limped round 16 miles before dropping out the pain was too bad the most devestating was that I was on for 3:20 post injury and the girl who won it, did it in 3:20!!! how depressing. I then took a week off did lots of foam rolling, stretching yoga etc. tried another run and was able to get 5 miles before the pain started, happy with that I supidly thought i was better and continued the training i was doing pre injury, i wasn't cured and then next night I only got 3 miles before the pain came back and it was intense. The problem is I kept running on the pain and everytime i did I was making myself worse! I spent a fortune on sports physio and I spent my days at work trawling the internet for cures and other peoples stories. I went to the gym and was able to cross train and bike to keep fit. but again I continued to test my knee every few days. this just went on and on and my knee was so painful even when not runing now, stretching my quads out just caused intense knee pain. Anyway to cut a long story short, I tried physio, a pat strap, lots and lots of yoga, all the usual anti inflams iburprofen and declafenic, I used the foam roller daily which defo does help. In the end this is what actually worked and healed me (and in only a few days i may add) I know his cured me fast because on monday I tried a run, 3 miles and the pain kicked in I walked home crying my eyes out I really had had enough!! I thought I was never going to kick this thing. On the tuesday I read another article I had not seen cant remember where it was now but the lady advised butt crunches, sitting at your desk and squeezing your but together and holding. I began doing this all day long on tuesday, I had also read about Turmeric tablets been great as they were a natural anti inflam, I bought some of these on the tuesday also and began taking them, I took 3 a day of the 400 ones even though it was recommended 2 a day............................... I kid you not by thursday I was jumping out of bed in the morn with not a hint of pain in my knee!!! The Turmeric must have worked!! walking around during the day was soooo different no pain whatsoever!! I spent all day thurs doing the butt crunches at work along with all the other band stretches etc. I went out thursday night and ran 3 miles pain free and with not even a niggle that pain was going to come! the strange thing is because I had been working my butt muscles so hard when i set off running it pushed me up on my forefoot! this felt really strange but I went with it, it hurt my calves but I felt like I was flying!! the run was so easy my legs just seemed to swing from my but muscles! I ran 5 k in 23 minutes which was great after all the time off i continued with