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#1 of 5 Old 12-14-2001, 12:08 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I think I have shin splints (spelling???) and don't know what to do about it. Everyone tells me to rest- but I can't take a break- I must run!!! It's my only time out of the house, so it's hard to give it up. I'm breatfeeding, so I don't want to be taking tons of tylenol- which seems like the only thing that would help the pain while running. Anyone have an all natural solution? Maybe arnica?? I'm wondering what others have done.
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try this link. I know it is hard but please take care of yourself, even if that means taking a break. If you don't you can easily cause perminate damage and really have a problem in the future. Can you do another sport/activity like race walking, light hiking, or something like that? Do you have a bike or one you could borrow for a few weeks until the splints are gone? It will only take a short time for it to heal in the big picture.

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Could you wear knee braces while running for extra support?
That might be a preventative measure.

Let us know how your doing.
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Stop running for awhile!!!! It will only get worse. Also, make sure you have shin splints and not a stress fracture. The pain can be similar. I used to be a cross country coach and have had kids that thought they had shin splints only to find out it was a stress fracture. If you have access to a gym, try the eliptical machine. Or, if you have access to a pool, swim and "jog" in the water. Hope you get better soon!
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It looks like I might have a forced break anyway, with things getting hectic over the holidays. Maybe that will be enough to help me feel better. I appreciate all your advice- thanks!
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