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“Breaking” Down Sacral Stress Fracture from Risk to Rehab

Sacral Stress Fracture is an increasingly common injury in female endurance athletes (specifically female marathon runners). What is a sacral stress fracture, what are the risk factors, and what is the treatment and recovery time?

Do you have or are recovering from a sacral stress fracture? You’ve come to the right place! Want to talk to someone who can help you recovery and come back from injury better than ever? Email me about my Stress Fracture Free Running program!

Let’s break break break, break a bone it down.

Sacral Stress Fracture is an increasingly common injury in female endurance athletes (specifically female marathon runners). What is a sacral stress fracture, what are the risk factors, and what is the treatment and recovery time? http://suzlyfe.com/sacral-stress-fracture-treatment-return-to-running/

 

Sacral Stress Fracture Definition and Causes

(Information Largely Gleaned from Mount Sinai)

The sacrum is the triangular bone at the base of the spine beneath the lumbar spine and above the pelvis. The meeting point of the sacrum and the pelvis is known as the Sacroiliac joint, or SI Joint, which is the area that my pain initially presented.

The Sacrum is the triangular bone at the base of the spine where the spine meets the pelvis. It is rare to get a sacral stress fracture, but it can happen to endurance athletes and runners. Learn more about sacral stress fractures and running at suzlyfe.com @suzlyfe

Sacral Stress Fractures are pretty rare, and occur most often in endurance athletes and older women as a result of hormonal changes and osteoporosis. Endurance runners might suffer from this type of stress fracture due to the repetitive stresses and impact, while older women are often dealing with hormonal changes due to menopause and/or osteoporosis, or low bone density. Other diseases or conditions resulting in malabsorption of vitamins and minerals can also be a risk factor, as well as abnormal periods or Amenorrhea (or the absence of periods).

Soooooooo, let’s think about the boxes in that list that I check off:

  • Endurance athletes (I run marathons)
  • Osteopenia (lower than average bone density) due to 
    • Malabsorption of vitamins and minerals during formative years (I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at 13, so I didn’t absorb major bone health contributors at the most formative time)
    • Medication side effects (I have been on and off of corticosteroids throughout my treatment for Crohn’s Disease
    • Abnormal or Absent periods (I have always had an abnormal cycle and sometimes absent periods)

So yeah. I was pretty much doomed.

I do want to note that sacral stress fractures are pretty rare. In fact, most of the doctors that I have spoken to had not even met a patient with one yet! But you know me, I’m alllllll about living beyond expectation, right?

Symptoms and Diagnosis of Sacral Stress Fractures

Looking back at my symptoms, they are very consistent with a sacral stress fracture:

  • Pain in hip or pelvis (yup)
  • Pain in buttocks or groin (buttocks)
  • Increase in pain during exercise (um YES)
  • Lower back tenderness (not really, but I did have lower back aches)
  • Swelling at lower back (not really, but my MRI did show some swelling)

To diagnose a Sacral Stress Fracture, there are a few evaluative tests that can be done in the office (such as the hop test, one of the go-tos for stress fractures, and which I failed) as well as imagine (X-ray, CT Scan, MRI, Bone Scan). I passed the Xray done on my initial visit, but according to the doctors that I have spoken with, not only do x-rays not always catch stress fractures, sometimes stress fractures do not show up immediately. MRI is generally the test of choice for diagnosis, but it is expensive, so doctors tend to wait before ordering one. My MRI displayed an acute stress fracture (as opposed to a stress reaction) in the left sacral ala, thus why my pain presents on the left side.

My sacral stress fracture is in the left sacral ala thus why it presents on the left side. Learn more about sacral stress fractures in runners at suzlyfe.com @suzlyfe

Sacral Stress Fracture Treatment

As with any sort of stress fracture, rest and offloading is the main course of treatment. Surgery is not usually an option, as the injury is not a full fracture, so there are no moving parts. But how do you rest you pelvis and spine? Um, you kind of use them for a lot of things!

  • Rest is pretty self explanatory: sit (properly) on your well-cushioned biscuit. When sitting or standing, it is important to sit squarely with proper spine curvature and pelvic tilt as much as possible.
  • Off loading: well, we do have to move around, generally, so crutches or a cane are generally recommended. Unlike what Alex thought, hopping around is also not really recommended, as that will jar your pelvis and spine and you are trying to keep everyone happy. I am crutching around with my left leg lifted to allow that area of my spine to heal. 
  • If the stress fracture is very severe, there are bracing options and also bed-rest (HECK no)

Basically, if it hurts, don’t do it. For me, I find the majority of my pain when bending at the waist, being jarred, things like running (and sometimes walking, but not really right now), and certain moves where I am actively positioning myself. For the most part, I’m letting Alex pick things up off the floor, which is why our apartment looks even more of a hot mess right now. None of that “you can tell an injured runner by how clean their house is.” You’ll know I’m healed when I’m actually cleaning again!

There are a few active non-surgical options, including electrical bone stimulation, shock wave therapy (which we actually used to do with the horses), and vertebroplasty (or injecting bone cement into the fracture), but those are very aggressive treatments.

Sacral Stress Fracture Healing Time

Of course, this is completely dependent on the person and the injury, but we are anticipating that I will be on crutches for at least 4 weeks. A second MRI may be necessary to check on healing. But some people may take several months. 

I hate waiting

Return to Activity after Sacral Stress Fracture

When I am cleared by the doctors to return to activity (and this may happen before I am off of crutches) I will likely be starting with the stationary bike, swimming, and pool running. Because this is also a spinal injury, we do not want to introduce too much activity or twisting of the spine, so swimming will probably come last of those. Also, I was able to ride the upright bike without pain up to the day that I was put on crutches. Spin bike and elliptical will be a bit further off, but will be integral in reintroducing me to weight-bearing exercise, as might a step mill or stairmaster. I will be put on the treadmill or back to running last. 

Rehabilitation and physical therapy-wise, I will need help combating the muscular imbalances that are sure to result from what will be nearly 2 months of unbalanced use of the side of my body. That will mean targeted strengthening of pretty much everything from my rib cage down (remember, I can’t really do any core work right now because of my spine) to the arches of my feet (which will certainly lose strength and put me at risk for overuse injury).

Long Term Issues after Sacral Stress Fracture

Honestly, not too much. If I had torn the muscle, we would be at a significant disadvantage because that muscle would have to be rebuilt and then retaught how to act as a muscle. In the case of bone injury, the bone simply needs to heal. Once I am fully healed, this should be a problem, though it does indicate an area of weakness for me in the future. PT and rehab will help me strengthen the area to defend against that.

Stress Fracture Prevention

We already have gone over why this has happened to me, and I think that the fact that I’ve been able to train for all my marathons without stress injuries proves that I am very smart about that aspect of loading my body. The issues come afterwards, as my body works to recover, I have a bit less structure in my weekly workouts, and I run much faster for the majority of my miles.

I think that this last point is a huge contributor to my stress injuries. I ran my most consecutive high mileage weeks ever this summer, but without problem because I was running with trainees and thus running slower, being more gentle with my body. After the marathon… UNLEASH. Not even doing “speedwork,” but if you think about it, compared to this summer, every run was speedwork! So, with regards to continuing running, step one will be to slooooowwww doooowwwwnnn.

Slowing down during the majority of your weekly miles can be a great way to decrease risk of injury! Find out more ways to decrease risk of injury and stress fracture for runners at suzlyfe.com @suzlyfe

Step two will be to see the bone health specialist to discuss my bone density. There are some medications called bisphosphonates that they might put me on. These medications increase bone density in patients with chronic issues. They might be able to help me with the osteopenia (not necessarily take me to “normal” range density but at least to improve things). I already take calcium and vitamin D, so I don’t see much else being able to be helped there. There is also the chance that getting pregnant and my hormones normalizing/self-regulating might promote better bone health.

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I know that this is a lot of information, but I hope it was useful! Let me know if you have any questions!

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86 Comments

  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    I’ve had some stress fractures in my feet–one of them didn’t show up on the xray for several weeks after I developed pain (and the fracture started to heal). I do get pain in my L SI joint, which I chalk up to arthritis. But I’m going to ask about a DEXA scan at my check up this week. I am, after all, of a certain age…

    XOXO

    December 8, 2015 at 5:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m glad that I am way ahead of my years in so many ways, lol.

      December 8, 2015 at 4:43 pm
  • Reply Julie

    Good information. Our bodies are freaking amazing!! I broke my tailbone once, my big toe (amazing how much you need that one 🙂 and have the runners normal aches and pains, plantar fasciitis. You know your body better than anyone and what is best for you!!

    December 8, 2015 at 6:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Did you have that donut pillow?

      December 8, 2015 at 4:43 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    Such awesome information, I am kinda a nerd so I enjoyed reading it and how you analyzed it. Waiting sounds like the toughest part of this whole ordeal! I am not a patient person so I am not sure how well I’d handle this type of injury.

    December 8, 2015 at 7:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Nerds rule the world. You know it, I know it. At this point, being past the pain, I would agree that the waiting is the worst. But the pain was substantial at first!

      December 8, 2015 at 4:44 pm
  • Reply Marcia

    Wishing you continued healing and applesauce making. If anyone can do it, you can. I’m more of a muscular injury girl. Think strained peroneal tendon, ruptured hamstring, that sort of thing. Since I’ve slowed down, knock wood, I’ve been injury free.

    December 8, 2015 at 7:07 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, Marcia! It would say that I’ve spread the love around. Now let’s keep us both injury free!

      December 8, 2015 at 4:45 pm
  • Reply Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    Such a helpful post, it always amazes me how quickly our bones can regrow back together, because if you think about it 4 weeks really isn’t that long at all! Hope you are having fun looking for a new hobby for the next few weeks!!

    December 8, 2015 at 7:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know. It FEELS so long, but it really isnt’!

      December 8, 2015 at 4:45 pm
  • Reply Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    Wow wow, a lot of info, but the more you know and understand it all the better you can take care of nursing yourself back to health!! xoxo

    December 8, 2015 at 7:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, that, plus ice cream 😀

      December 8, 2015 at 4:46 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ RunWiki

    I’m so sorry you’re going through this. You are so strong and have overcome many challenges in your life. They never stop, but we get stronger and wiser everyday. You have so much style and grace. Love you. xoxox

    December 8, 2015 at 7:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So well said, Lisa. We both know that so well!

      December 8, 2015 at 4:45 pm
  • Reply Rae

    Wow, very thorough. I know you are going to kick this injury’s tush!

    December 8, 2015 at 7:43 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Gingerly, though, because I don’t want to hurt myself again, haha

      December 8, 2015 at 4:43 pm
  • Reply Michele @ paleorunningmomma

    Definitely a good point to slow down, to prevent many different types of injuries. Glad to look at the bright side and see that you’ll recover and won’t have lingering issues as a result! Best of luck with healing!

    December 8, 2015 at 7:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! Now, can we fast track this thing? What intensity??

      December 8, 2015 at 4:42 pm
  • Reply Eric Nette

    Well my first related note is that I had stage 3 Avascular Necrosis of the Femoral Head of my left leg. The x-ray didn’t even pick that up, the bone was completely dead and collapsed yet the x-ray was useless. It progressed to Stage 4 before the replacement 6 months after diagnosis.

    Strangest injury… hmmm… I’m pretty strange so I don’t know what is uncommon in general. However for the life of me I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with the top of my foot after my 2nd to last Half Marathon in October. I thought it was a stress fracture but it healed up in about 2 weeks, so I guess I strained the muscle.

    December 8, 2015 at 7:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You seriously amaze me, and I mean that in a very serious and real way. You are truly an enigma, and I LOVE your fighting spirit. You and I are very much the same–we won’t take no for answer, or, if we do, it is for a damn good reason and because it is our choice to do so.

      December 8, 2015 at 4:42 pm
      • Reply Eric

        Thank you so much, that means the world to me! Right back at ya! You blazed the trail and I’m just trying to catch up. It goes to show your strength when you can take something like this, something that is literally knocking you on your ass, and getting right back up and fighting. You will find a new way to fight (coaching, reworking your nutrition, and meds/life goals) and do the Suzlyfe!

        December 8, 2015 at 6:49 pm
        • Reply suzlyfe

          Well, did you ever think maybe I was just waiting for you?? Now we can run together, right 😀

          December 9, 2015 at 10:56 am
  • Reply Linda @ Veganosity

    I’m so happy to hear that you will recover fairly quickly. Now you just need to dial back your intensity and all will be well in the Suz world. 😉

    December 8, 2015 at 8:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      INTENSITY WHAT INTENSITY

      December 8, 2015 at 4:40 pm
  • Reply Gretchen | Gretchruns

    I love how you gave us lots of information and research..but said it all in the Suz way. I could actually understand everything! Thank you so much for sharing this!

    December 8, 2015 at 8:16 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      YAY! I like to think I have a good way of translating between nonsense and knowledge.

      December 8, 2015 at 4:40 pm
  • Reply Michael Anderson

    So sorry to have been reading al of this over the last few weeks … glad to hear you at least have a path.

    It is ‘funny’ (interesting) that I felt I was constantly telling people in blog comments and in my own blog to ‘slow the F down’ … and one after another there were injuries. I don’t think I am any great font of running wisdom – but I have been analyzing how it is I have run for 27 years, and more than 11,000 miles in the last 3.5 years (~750-1000 miles / year for the previous 23 years) and never had an injury … and I feel like the scarcity of speedwork and focus on ‘easy miles’ definitely helps.

    Good luck, take it easy … and slow the F down 🙂

    December 8, 2015 at 8:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I totally agree with you–the need to slow down. I think now I realize more than ever why I really do stay more healthy and without injury during marathon training–I HAVE to slow down. But when I am running shorter distances, I don’t even think about it!

      December 8, 2015 at 4:37 pm
  • Reply run colby run

    Oh My Suze. I am so sorry you’re going through all of this, my Little One in a Million Friend. I think touching base with a bone group is smart. As is exploring bisphosphonates. I worked for a few years in bone research and with all of the boxes you’ve checked- that might be a very viable option. And amenorrhea too? 🙁 That alone is no joke to your bones. You have a path forward, Lady. Hobbling or not, you’re on it. Oh. And SLOW THE F*CK DOWN. For reals, Sister. xoxoxo

    December 8, 2015 at 8:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      ok ok ok… I’ll slow the F down. Maybe Drunk Otis and I can share a beer while I watch all the fasties go by.

      December 8, 2015 at 4:38 pm
  • Reply Emily

    Wow, I am so happy for you that it won’t affect your future running career! Maybe this is just a time for you to rest and really get some refreshment so that you can come back stronger than ever before!

    December 8, 2015 at 8:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, Emily! That is exactly how I am choosing to look at it!

      December 8, 2015 at 4:39 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Yikes! That is a rough one and Michael is totally right! I am known for my obscure injuries. My knee injury when I was 14 took 2 months to find a doctor that could figure out what it even was. That lead to a serious surgery that even the University of Michigan was a tad hesitant to do on a 14 year old. But, hey…I’m still running. Obscure injuries or not, they do eventually heal and usually teach us something along the way.

    December 8, 2015 at 8:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Don’t they always. But, i kind of wish this was more of a fable-lesson than a real life one!

      December 8, 2015 at 4:39 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    Informative, but still a huge buzzkill. I hope you heal miraculously faster than anticipated. The weirdest injury I had was probably when the top of my foot bones got locked up during Boston and by the time I finished it looked like I had a compound fracture in there. It was the grossest thing ever. I had it happen this last May, too.

    December 8, 2015 at 9:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh, that’s right, I remember you talking about having the foot issues. That is weird. Probably had to do with your cat’s private area.

      December 8, 2015 at 4:36 pm
  • Reply Sam @ See Sam Run

    I think it’s great that you’re becoming so educated on your injury and sharing it. I hope it’s helping you deal with it a little better. It’s totally different, but I find when I explain to my older clients why their stroke/TBI is causing their communication issues, they seem to feel more at peace and understand what I’m doing better. While it sucks to have to slow down because of this, maybe this is your body telling you to slow down a bit in more than one way. I hope everything regulates itself real soon and you can get back on your feet!

    December 8, 2015 at 9:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, Sam. But what you are saying isn’t so different–education and knowledge can be scary, but knowing the right information can make all the difference!

      December 8, 2015 at 4:35 pm
  • Reply Gianna @ Run, Lift, Repeat

    I love that you research everything, I am quite the same, the more you know. I have been very blessed on the injury health front nothing major to speak of. I think the worst was last year when I was diagnosed with the stress fracture and Crohn’s all at once. But the stress fracture was a blessing as it helped me slow down through the flare and let my body heal…at least for a few weeks 😉

    December 8, 2015 at 9:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      ha, I hear you there! I’m usually either Crohn’sing or injured. Rarely both at the same time.

      December 8, 2015 at 4:34 pm
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    I will be very interested in the bone health specialist. I desperately needed one of those earlier this year! I’m still convinced much of my problem is due to malabsorption and when I don’t eat enough when I’m stressed out.

    December 8, 2015 at 10:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      My nutrition hasn’t really been a problem, especially not for the past few years, so I’m really curious what they will say, too.

      December 8, 2015 at 4:33 pm
  • Reply Sara

    Great information! You are a smart lady and have great doctors so I know you will have a quick recovery. I was told getting pregnant and my hormones normalizing/self-regulating might promote better bone health too. I hope that’s true! My only suggestion is to come back SLOWLY. I took 6 weeks off all exercise and then started again, but my stress fracture wasn’t fully healed and the pain came back.

    December 8, 2015 at 10:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m definitely fighting the fight between wanting to continue dreaming about Boston and just letting it go. I am definitely going to be a good girl, though.
      BUT I DON”T WANNA BE GOOD. But I will be.

      December 8, 2015 at 4:32 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    I’m glad to hear that the recovery shouldn’t be too long and that this shouldn’t affect you in the future. Also, so happy for you that you’re not on bed rest – that would be so hard! The weirdest injury I had was something with my ankle, where the muscles just weren’t supporting the joint and it hurt when I ran.
    Osteopenia is a scary b*%&h and I’m so sorry to hear you have that. Will the doctors be doing anything to help that and prevent future fractures?

    December 8, 2015 at 10:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Can you imagine me on bed rest?? NO. My brother has a chronic thing with his ankles–it is a weird disconnect between the tendons and muscles and them not working together.
      I get my scan tomorrow and Alex thinks they might put me on bisphosphonates to help jack up my bones.

      December 8, 2015 at 4:31 pm
  • Reply Beverley @ sweaty&fit

    As tough as this outcome is, I love how positive and realistic you seem to be handling it. Hopefully you can take these four weeks off to get some things done that maybe you didn’t have time for before 🙂 I will be wishing for a speedy recovery for you!
    I have had some weird injuries from playing rugby, but my weirdest was splitting my head open during a tackle and getting stitches on my scalp!! Eek!

    December 8, 2015 at 11:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oooooooooooofffff Random question: did they have to shave your head? I guess with stitches you might not have too. But still? And thank you!

      December 8, 2015 at 4:30 pm
      • Reply Beverley @ sweaty&fit

        Good question! I think they had to cut a little bit of it away, but no shaving luckily. Trust me, I was terrified that they might!

        December 9, 2015 at 2:47 pm
  • Reply Nikki Fahey

    I hope you can keep your spirits up and use your extra time to enjoy the holiday season! Enjoy the festivities that you usually would. Just thinking about you!

    December 8, 2015 at 11:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you so much, Nikki! I am definitely going to try. A lot more coffee shop time this year!

      December 8, 2015 at 4:28 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    Sending lots of hugs and healing prayers. My worst “running” injury minus the constant knee issues I have, was when I tore my Achilles after my 2013 marathon. I PR’d by 58 minutes compared to 2012, so felt like I could fly. The week after my full I decided I could run 10 miles easy peasy. POP…and the rest is history. Took me several months to heal, and it still gives me issues from time to time.

    December 8, 2015 at 1:03 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OOOOOOOOF. Hearing a pop is never good. And damn you seriously did PR! HOT DOG. That is the thing about soft tissue–it is never the same after.

      December 8, 2015 at 4:28 pm
  • Reply Helly on the Run

    Looks like you got a lot of information which helps with the healing/recovery process. You got this, Suz!! <3

    December 8, 2015 at 1:27 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      As long as I don’t start thinking that I know more than other people, in which case it will have totally backfired, lol.

      December 8, 2015 at 4:27 pm
  • Reply Ange @ Cowgirl Runs

    Leave it to you to get a super random injury <3
    Crutches are so stupid and annoying and I'm sorry you're stuck with them, but I hope you heal fast and can get back to running soonish.

    December 8, 2015 at 2:01 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      SERIOUSLY WHAT IS IT WITH ME

      December 8, 2015 at 4:26 pm
  • Reply Dani @ Dani California Cooks

    This was really interesting for me to read – thank you for diving into all of that info!! I was given some feedback that I needed to take more rest days and those were the HARDEST for me. I’m not sure how you can best fill up that morning time, although that may mean that you’ll be extra blog productive and get all up to speed on your news for the day!! I also love the Today show, even though that comes on at 7am.

    December 8, 2015 at 3:34 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love the Today show as well. It will be weird to actually be able to listen to it, as opposed to reading the subtitles at the gym!

      December 8, 2015 at 4:26 pm
  • Reply Heather@hungryforbalance

    This IS a lot of information, but you present it in such a calm methodical way that it all makes sense. I am so glad that you have such a string plan of attack, so to speak!
    Broken growth plate was my strangest injury.

    December 8, 2015 at 3:41 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      When you said that you had a broken growth plate, I was like, what the what? Have you had long term issues with it?

      December 8, 2015 at 4:24 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    The hardest part of a stress fracture is slowing down and letting your body heal. People like us don’t do well slowing down! I had a tibial stress fracture almost 2 years ago (minor compared to what you have) and it does heal pretty quickly if you stay off of it. Also hard to do! I know you will come out of this stronger than ever

    December 8, 2015 at 3:45 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m definitely trying to slow down, both literally and figuratively. Must work on that!

      December 8, 2015 at 4:22 pm
  • Reply Kaella On The Run

    I’m so sorry you’re going through this but I know you’re a strong person and can handle this! Love you!

    December 8, 2015 at 3:49 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m sorry, too. But I am strong because I have amazing people behind me!

      December 8, 2015 at 4:23 pm
  • Reply Erin @ Erin's Inside Job

    Girl shoo. You know I love detailed anatomy talk (no sarcasm). Also, your click to tweet doesn’t have anything in it? Looking forward to tomorrow!

    December 8, 2015 at 5:32 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Damn it, it is because I had quotes in my text. BOOOOOO

      December 9, 2015 at 10:54 am
  • Reply Jess @hellotofit

    I can only imagine how tough it is to slow down, esp for someone that is used to the opposite. LOVE the little body lesson today!

    December 8, 2015 at 5:59 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Just trying to help the people 😀

      December 9, 2015 at 10:55 am
  • Reply Beth @ Sublimely Fit

    Ugh, this just stinks. I hope these next weeks fly by for you and that you don’t need too much physical therapy. Hugs!

    December 8, 2015 at 6:00 pm
  • Reply Jill

    This was actually super informative! I loved the diagrams so I could picture exactly where you were injured. I felt like I was back in A&P! 4 weeks will be up before you know it. Enjoy the holiday season and rest that sacrum!

    December 8, 2015 at 7:09 pm
  • Reply Amy Lauren

    I’m really sorry to read about your injury, but thanks for an educational post about it. I’ve honestly never heard of this stress fracture as most people I know who have them get them in their shins or feet. It’s good you shared the symptoms in case anyone else is dealing with one of them and needs to get checked out.

    I was injured last summer with a stress reaction. It was in my cuboid bone which is also a less common injury. Turns out, I underpronate and had been wearing stability shoes which is a big no-no (I was actually fitted for them at a local running store, needless to say I never went back there for a fitting or shoes). It’s a really risky bone to break so I was out of running for 7 weeks but had a good comeback, and you will too!

    December 8, 2015 at 7:13 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It really was a weird and very difficult injury to pin down. We didn’t know what it was–thus the wait and then the MRI. But now, looking back through it, my symptoms are spot on! LEARNING MOMENT FOR ALL

      December 9, 2015 at 11:00 am
  • Reply Yaara Leve

    Hey Suze,
    So I’ve been following you for a while now and finally thought I’d comment. I”m also a Chicago girl–so hey! I live in east lakeview! First I am so sorry! Stress fractures freaking suck–and you’re right–it’s one of those injuries we really can’t control. No matter how much low impact cross training we do–if you’re prone to hormone imbalances/ammenorhea/low bone density–you’re totally right–it just kind of happens.
    I’ve also had irregular periods for my whole life. And it really has nothing to do with weight. I was pretty overweight in high school and my periods still never came. In college I lost all the weight and got down to a healthy weight which I’ve since maintained–and still my periods are irregular. I’ve seen numerous doctors–but no one has really given me any answers–it’s very frustrating.
    I also had a stress fracture in my right ankle about 3 years ago–and now I’m constantly terrified that I’ve reinnjured myself. Literally every single ache and pain –I make an appointment with my sports Doc and get an MRI–because I’m convinced that I have one again. I still get injured a lot though–with pulls and strains and stuff. So I’m actually starting physical therapy soon to help with muscular imbalances. But I think seeing a bone specialist is a great step–something I should probably do as well as make an appointment with my OB/GYN.
    I am praying for a speedy recovery for you. One thing that has helped me–or at least i think has helped are supplements: I take Glucosamine for joint health; Calcium; Vitamin D3; as well as this great stuff you can get at Whole Foods called Bone UP–it’s like a cocktail of great stuff for bones; another thing–there’s another supplement at Whole Foods–in the Whole Body department–that’s specific for Bone healing trauma–it comes in little pellets that you melt on your tongue. Also stay away from Ibuprofen. Take Tylenol instead. Ibuprofen can hinder bone health–but Tylenol is a different chemical–so it’s fine for pain relief and inflammation and doesn’t affect bone healing.
    Anyway–sorry this is becoming a novel–but if you ever want to vent or talk you can always email me–or even meet up for coffee or something 🙂 I love meeting new friends!
    I know how hard injuries can be–especially when movement and exercise make your heart sing! But just remember the body does heal and is resilient! I have every confidence you’ll get through this and come back stronger.
    XOXO,
    Yaara
    PS: I just had to say–I’m also a Classics and Latin lover! I majored in English Lit and Classics in college and then did a Masters in poetry where I wrote poems based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses. I miss it so much. Do you ever dabble in that again

    December 8, 2015 at 11:09 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yaara, thank you SO much a) for reading b) for commenting and c) for your “novel” of a comment–I loved it! And you live in east Lakeview?? HIT ME UPPP. It sounds like we have a lot in common, hormone, wise–ie that thing don’t necessarily work the way that they should! I think that you seeing a bone density endocrinologist would be huge. Talk to your Primary Care and see if they have someone to refer you to. And PT for muscular imbalances has been huge in helping me combat injury. I have some that I can recommend to you, if you like! I love the PT group that I work with–they are based in the West Loop, but they are the best best best. Keep me in the loop with how everything goes!
      With regards to Classics and Latin, I’ve unfortunately not had many opportunities to really continue on with it, but it still is in me. I find myself parsing sentences as if I was back in class! And random verb and noun charts as well. NERD ALERT

      December 9, 2015 at 11:06 am
  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I am a bit of a geek, so I enjoy reading things like this. You can never know too much, right? Well, maybe you can.
    Amazingly, because I am SO clumsy, I haven’t had a any weird injuries or particularity bad ones.

    December 9, 2015 at 3:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      EXCUSE ME how is that possible.

      December 9, 2015 at 10:51 am
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    Very interesting. I’m glad to hear that it basically just has to heal with alot of rest and hopefully won’t continue to cause you problems in the future. Seems like such a strange place to have a fracture! Do you think its related to hip stability stuff? Because I know you rock at all that, so honestly I am surprised that it didn’t help prevent this from happening. But like you said, there were lots of other things working against you.

    December 9, 2015 at 4:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that if it was hip stability, it would have shown up in the femoral head or in the pelvis itself. I think this was a weak point, but we’ll know more after the bone density test (today).

      December 9, 2015 at 10:50 am
  • Reply EB @ Running on E

    I love the detail breakdown, mainly because I’m a nerd and like nerding it up.
    Ok, I’m not going to be polite. This f%*#ing sucks. Props to you for taking the time to mourn it appropriately with ice cream and wine. I find I usually need sometime to wallow in my own despair before I put on my big girl panties and get on with life. It’s an important part of the process especially when it’s something you work so hard for. *End of wallow*
    Now onward and upward. Kara Goucher recently recovered from a sacral fracture and is absolutely dominating it right now. I expect nothingless from you (ok, you don’t have to make the Olympic team if you don’t have time for it). You have a great view on the whole thing. While disappointing, it’s not the end of the world, just a change in plans.

    December 9, 2015 at 7:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So a reader totally got Kara Goucher to respond to a tweet about giving me advice yesterday. LIFE MOMENT

      December 9, 2015 at 10:48 am
  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    Wow, ok. Not the news you were hoping for obviously, but at least we know what it is and you have an answer. I’m always need answers and so I can know how to treat correctly and move on. I’m very black and white about things like this and hate the gray, so just having the answer would be comforting despite the limitations. Not sure if you are the same way or not?

    December 9, 2015 at 8:43 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Have the answer was fantastic and horrible at the same time, but I am right with you–not know is waaaaaay worse.

      December 9, 2015 at 10:47 am
      • Reply EB @ Running on E

        Man, now I feel like the crappy reader. All I do is leave slightly inappropriate and off topic comments when I haven’t have enough caffeine. Time to up my reader game.

        December 9, 2015 at 10:55 am
        • Reply suzlyfe

          You’re good xoxo

          December 9, 2015 at 11:13 am

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