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Posted by Karen
on September 26, 1999 at 20:37:25:
In Reply to: chronic exertional compartment syndrome posted by Betty on May 20, 1999 at 18:03:07:
I am a high school runner, and this week I was diagnosed with chronic ECS in my left leg. After talking to several coaches in my area, I found nobody who had so much as heard of this. My coach went on a medical database and got some information on it, but it was in medical terminology that made it incomprehendable. So I did an internet search and happened upon this message board, and I was wondering if some of you who have been through this could help me to understand some of the following? What exactly causes ECS? I know increased pressure and all that, but what caused it to suddenly strike when I have been running pain-free for over a year? What kind of doctor should I be seeing for this? I don't have one right now - I was diagnosed by a co-worker of my school trainer. Where should I go to get confirmation of the diagnoses? And what happens if I go in and it doesn't happen that day? Can I still be tested for it? Is it wierd that my ECS comes and goes? For example, I couldn't run on it more than 10 minutes Thursday, then I took a few days off and today I could run on it ok. Also, how long is the typical recovery period? Would I be on crutches, and if so how long? Does anyone know any non-surgical methods that have worked? I run all three seasons, and would like to wait until after cross country states to have the surgery performed, so anything that would help alleviate the pain between now and then (mid-November) would be greatly appreciated. I guess that's all for now, thank you very much in advance to anyone who takes the time to sit down and answer these questions for me.
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