now that the marathons are over (NYC was about a month ago), i finally went to see a sport medicine DR yesterday. i mentioned all the problems i've been having - pain on my left buttock area, pain on my left thigh muscles, and pain/tingling on the back of left knee. the DR confirmed what my friends and i originally guessed, sciatic nerve pain. i wasn't going to deny what it is but it's been bothering so much especially when i'm at work sitting for a long period of time. i had to keep lifting my left buttocks just to alleviate the pain (i just hope that my co-worker's doesn't think i'm passing gas).
i thought that was it. when my DR looked at my heels, he asked me if i was having some pain in that area. i told him no but i mentioned that after my Berlin marathon in Sept, both heels got swollen (besides the marathon, i stupidly did a lot of walking tours in europe). he mentioned that it has not fully healed, he felt a tenderness on both heels, and that he is more concerned about that than the sciatica.
the DR recommended that i take some anti-inflammatory meds and i'm scheduled for the next 6 weeks for physical therapy. he did not stop me from running when I asked BUT i'm limited to 3 miles per day AND only 2x a week.
i should be upset but i'm learning to respect my body if i want to continue this marathon thing.