my wits end . . .
As some of you may remember, I have been dealing with what my doctor diagnosed me with Bi-Lateral Hamstring Tendonitis. This pain is located at the back of, and to the sides the knees. I spent time with a PT and did many stretches and some strength training. This just won't go away no matter what I try and it is getting frustrating to the point that I wonder if I should give up cycling. The thought of not cycling anymore depresses me greatly.
I have tried just about everything I could think of and advice from everyone on the forum. I have kept up on my stretching which led me to be very flexible like I've never been before; still the pain exists. I've been icing after every ride which actually seems to bother it more that it does good. I've resulted to pushing only a vey small gear (42 x 21, very small) and still the pain exists. I have been only riding three days a week and at nothing more that a mild intensity (MHR of approx. 140 and under (my max HR is 187)). I've been to my LBS and purchased a proper fitting, in which I was only slightly off, and still no help. Ibuprophen seems to take the edge off but I don't want to live on those. I've taken a couple of weeks off the bike. By the end of the first week of no riding the pain was gone. I waited another week before getting back on and trying again. The first time back on, and with nothing more than recovery intensity ride, the pain was as just as bad as when I had stopped. I would've thought that at least the pain should have been more mild to show some signs of healing. I've increased my calorie intake in the thought that perhaps I have'nt been eating enough to recover only to find that I've put on a few pounds.
The funny thing is, as I don't know if this is a sign of tendonitis, is that the brushing of clothes at the back of my knees causes pain and discomfort. Like when I wear loose shorts and the bottom ends of the shorts brush up against the back of my knees. Maybe I don't have tendonitis and have some kind of nerve issues or circulation problems?? I don't know.
So you can see why it is becoming frustrating for me and I thank you for taking the time to read this long winded post. If anyone has any insights that I am not seeing, or have been through something similar and can help me out it is greatly appreciated. I don't know where to turn next. Thanks.