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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Tennis Injury: Calf Muscle Tear

One of my “must do” to achieve the goal I have set for myself this year the “BETTER ME” goal, is to make myself healthy by engaging in sports, exercise and diet.  I also downloaded the 30 Day ABS Challenge work out and actually started it on January 3, 2016.

On January 4th, after our first day of work my friend and officemate decided to play tennis. I’ve been playing tennis for over 6 months now, I am not that good, but at least I can already hit the ball, much better now compared to when I started. So we started our game, a double match with Ann my partner, against two men.

Blame it to my instinct, I will really run for the ball as much as I can. And because of that, Pop! I heard something popped in the calf muscle area. Seconds later, the pain started which I thought was only a cramp. Of course, I wasn’t able to finish the game, rested for a while and called my husband who’s still at home getting ready for work to pick me up, I couldn’t drive anymore.

The next day, I applied for a sick leave, I can’t walk properly because of the pain. After husband had arrived from work, we went to the hospital for a check-up. Based on my story and how my leg looked like, and where the pain is located. The orthopedic surgeon diagnosed it as a “tear of the musculotendinous junction of gastrocnemius” or calf muscle tear. According to him, there is no need for an operation, because the tear will heal itself, though, it takes about 4 to 6 weeks to fully recover.

I even brought with me an icebox with ice cubes for my cold compress at work.
So the days went by with me going to work, limping, walking so slowly, one step at a time, because the moment my calf area will stretch the pain strikes. The doctor also told me that to minimize the pain, aside from the pain reliever we can have my right leg fully cast. “Naku away ko mag pa cemento  dahil mahihirapan ako pumunta ng office”.  I chose to experience the pain every time my calf muscle stretches when I walk, than have it cast. Kaya magdusa ako, ika nga!  At least the walking stick and the shin support that hubby bought were also very helpful.

for compression to reduce swelling
Ten days passed, this afternoon, I decided to go for another check-up while hubby is still on day off. I have yet to ask about the bruises I have, and also for peace of mind. People who see me were bothered with my condition and kept on bugging me to go for a second opinion. At least, I know they do care for me. Thanks Friends! Thanks for the Concern! Mwah!

So, I applied for another half-day leave to see a doctor in a different hospital where our health care insurance is accredited. Waited for 3 hours for the doctor to arrive, but the check up went on for only 10 minutes. Examining my leg, pinching here and there looking for the spot where I can feel the pain and finally gave the same findings. The same diagnosis, as what the 1st doctor I’ve been to have given.  
This is what my right leg looks like with the bruises.
I still refused to have it cast, titiisin ko na lang ang sakit, even with the pain reliever medicine for another few weeks until it will fully recover.

For now, no physical activity muna, I am very fit to work, since I am an office based personnel and perform my job by just sitting in front of the computer.  But I don’t think I can go on a travel yet, my boss will probably delegate the task to another person until my full recovery.

And about the 30-day ABS Challenge, naku naging 30 days absent na muna. Tsaka na lang ulit.