Never had it before, but I have bad tendonitis of my achilles tendons. It started when I had a long cold. Came back into training, no stretching, did a couple 60-mile rides right off the bat and got tendonitis. No surprise there -- I am an idiot*. The bummer is that it's been 7 weeks and it seems to be getting no better.
Went to an acupuncturist and he pointed out that my soleus muscles (a muscle in the calf) are more or less permanently flexed. He stuck a pin in them and I could feel them release. The next day it was a bit better for the first time in a month, but now it's back.
I've tried massaging the calves, which might be helping, as well as ibuprofen, rest (haven't ridden hardly at all for 4 weeks), and icing.
Anybody here ever had anything similar? What happened? How did you get better?
I've gotta get back on the bike. Not excercising is driving me crazy!
* Not really an idiot, just that I'm new to this kind of training, I'm getting older (35), and I'm a bit too gung-ho for my own good, sometimes.