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Old 08-08-07, 04:28 PM   #1
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Injury?

Funny thing...

Since I started biking, I've noticed I've had a hard time walking.

Every once in a while, as I walk to, say, the bus stop, the upper part of my right thigh will start to cramp up... it'll feel bruised though, not tight... and it's always my right thigh... or was until today.

I did a lot of walking around yesterday waiting on my bike... and today I did a bit of stair climbing at work. I never felt tired or anything... but I started to get the same crampy/bruisy feeling in my thigh again... and then it spread to my groin. I'd only gotten something similar to this once before. It felt like someone was squeezing my coinpurse. The pain was also going down my right and left inner thighs.

The funny part is... it always goes away when I go biking... and it only STARTS when I walk for long periods of time.

What's wrong with me??
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Outer part or the inner part of the thigh, right above the knee as well?

It might be you just need stretching exercioses added in to your routine, but as always, when asked medical advice, I'll say.....see your dr. Better safe than sorry.
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Outer part or the inner part of the thigh, right above the knee?
Outer for the usual walking pains. Mid-to-upper thigh, below the hip.
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Outer for the usual walking pains. Mid-to-upper thigh, below the hip.
OK, that sounds like an IT band issue, and can generally be addressed with stretching exercises. I'd see that Dr though to be safe and ask him about these exercises: Print this toi take with you....
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Thanks!

Can't really afford a checkup just yet though... :\
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Can't really afford a checkup just yet though... :\
By the way, these stretches are for warmed up muscles, post ride.
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Can't really afford a checkup just yet though... :\
When I see this kind of thing posted, I am so thankful for the fact I live in a civilized country that has national health care.

Now as to your pain problem, it's probably that you need to walk more. Cycling is a great exercise, however it only works some of the muscle groups, walking uses a different set (although some are the same, they get worked differently). One should also remember to start off slowly, maybe go 16km/h (10MPH) for the first 2km (1¼ miles) or so, then go full steam ahead, then about 2km from the end, start slowing down to 16km/h or so. This gives you a warm up period, and a cool down period.

You can also do some off bike, for example skip the cool down on the bike, do your stretches, then go for a walk (about 5-10 minutes) as your cool down. I walk about 5km a night at work, so I don't need to work out by walking.
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When I see this kind of thing posted, I am so thankful for the fact I live in a civilized country that has national health care.

Now as to your pain problem, it's probably that you need to walk more. Cycling is a great exercise, however it only works some of the muscle groups, walking uses a different set (although some are the same, they get worked differently). One should also remember to start off slowly, maybe go 16km/h (10MPH) for the first 2km (1¼ miles) or so, then go full steam ahead, then about 2km from the end, start slowing down to 16km/h or so. This gives you a warm up period, and a cool down period.

You can also do some off bike, for example skip the cool down on the bike, do your stretches, then go for a walk (about 5-10 minutes) as your cool down. I walk about 5km a night at work, so I don't need to work out by walking.
Last time I visited the ER, it cost me nearly $2000 for less than 20 minutes of actual service. Most of the THREE HOURS I was there was waiting around. Healthcare efficiency needs to come first, I think, otherwise we'd just be pissing our money away.

On the days that I work (and I commute on bike, natch), like today, I was on my feet and moving all day. The pain came in at about hour three and a half.

I've heard that stretching before exercize is a great way to cause injury... from friends of mine who bodybuild.

I really should start out slower, though. Usually, I just hop on... and once I hit the street, I'm up to 16 MPH and climbing... and as I hit the first big hill, I drop down to about 12 MPH... but that probably doesn't count for going slowly for the first 1¼ miles, eh? :\
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By the way, these stretches are for warmed up muscles, post ride.
yep, really important that. I never used to do stretches after a ride - simply didn't know you had to - and had real problems with cramp, twinges, etc. You learn the hard way.
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+1 Stretch before and after a ride. I even add another stretch about an hour after I get home. Things seems to stiffen back up after awhile.
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Last time I visited the ER, it cost me nearly $2000 for less than 20 minutes of actual service. Most of the THREE HOURS I was there was waiting around. Healthcare efficiency needs to come first, I think, otherwise we'd just be pissing our money away.

On the days that I work (and I commute on bike, natch), like today, I was on my feet and moving all day. The pain came in at about hour three and a half.

I've heard that stretching before exercize is a great way to cause injury... from friends of mine who bodybuild.

I really should start out slower, though. Usually, I just hop on... and once I hit the street, I'm up to 16 MPH and climbing... and as I hit the first big hill, I drop down to about 12 MPH... but that probably doesn't count for going slowly for the first 1¼ miles, eh? :\
Last time I visited the ER, it cost me zero, zip, nada, and included in that figure was a ride in an ambulance.
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...How??
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When I see this kind of thing posted, I am so thankful for the fact I live in a civilized country that has national health care.
Honest and not loaded question here. How long would you have to wait to see a doctor for a problem like the one described? Would you see a GP and possibly be referred to a specialist? What would the wait be then?
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Someone in another of our forums wrote about an injury. He went to the ER in Canada and waited 16 hours. He sounded very matter-of-fact about it, like it wasn't unusual. He then went on to say he hoped to get more specific info on his injury in 6 weeks when he was able to get into a specialist for a follow up. Again, he sounded like this was normal. We would get very upset over a 2 or 3 hour ER wait and I would expect to follow up with my doc in 2 or 3 days, not 6 weeks. Everyone is always complaining about how incompetent the government is. Do we REALLY want them being in total control of our health care? The system needs help but let's be careful what we wish for!

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To add to Tom - those stretches should be done a few times a day, pre ride and post ride. Warm up first though, gently jog in place to get the blood flowing, stretch, ride. If you stop for a bit stretch a bit. When you get back stretch longer. Flexibility is a great asset, I stretch often and can give some Yoga people a run for their money. Morning, night, waiting on line, etc...

Also - do you wear clipless? If not you may be over developing one set of muscles.
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Also - do you wear clipless? If not you may be over developing one set of muscles.
I just wear shoes on regular pedals... My bike = not advanced.
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