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Prolotherapy, Part 2

Prolotherapy: Round 2

After my first round in my left ankle, the subsequent weeks went as follows:

Week 1: the swelling went down within 4 days, but my ankle was sore for a full 7 days. I was able to work on Saturday (5 days after the shots), and my job involves a lot of lifting, stacking, and feet time.

I would be fine to go to school the next day (but I was on vacation), though wouldn’t recommend being on your feet all day until at least day 3 or 4.

As far as swimming, I used a pulling block when I worked out on Wednesday and Friday. Both swims were awful! Usually I swim 4-5 days/week so it definitely took away some workout time, but I’m okay with that.

You wouldn’t be able to do (standing) yoga or run for at least a week.

Week 2: My ankle felt back to the way it always did, a constant looming sore pain that progresses into sharp pains when I’m on it for more than 30 minutes. Towards the end of the week, I noticed less of the sharp pains and the soreness felt “muffled”

It was still bruised week 2.

Week 3: I started to get really sharp pains in the beginning of week 3 at work. They subsided by the end of the day, but it was enough to make me a gloomy guss for a while.

After Saturday, the pain subsided and it felt like it did week 2. By the end of the week I was feeling pretty good and wore flip flops for a while with no repercussions! Yay!

Week 4: Here is where I noticed the greatest improvement. I spent the entire week at life guard training with 4 hours of pool each morning. This also involved a lot of time barefoot on the pool deck and plenty of kicking.

Overall, I thought it held up really well! I hopped back in the pool on Monday and Thursday for a second workout and didn’t have to use the pulling block at all.

Week 5: Monday before the shots, I went for a 2 mile swim and used the pulling block for just 5 minutes of it. Usually at least 15- 20 minutes would be pulling to give the ankle a rest from kicking.

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I have tendonitis in my right ankle (see: My Ankle: Part 2) and my rhumetologist thought it would be a good idea to do both. I agreed!!

A few facts she told me yesterday:

  • 98% of the people she’s treated have been prolotherapy responders. This is because they do blood work and other evaluations to get any other issues out of the way first, then do prolotherapy.
  • There’s virtually no risk with prolotherapy. The injections are just glucose+ lidocaine, so even if they don’t work, they can’t hurt you.

To learn more about prolotheapy, click here and here.

This time, the injections felt much more painful. I think some of the scar tissue in my right ankle was deeper than the left. Some of the spots she pushed on there had instant swelling, so they were perfect injection candidates.

Everything was fine but the inside by my heel. That one went really deep and it is the only spot that hurts right now.

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(the x by the bottom of my foot.)

Overall, it wasn’t bad and I’m hoping more pain=more progress. Remember, no anti-inflammatory 24 hrs before or after the procedure, no ice, and no sitting up to take a picture right after.

I didn’t pass out this time. I would call it a success!

By the afternoon today, the swelling had gone down a bit:

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Still swollen, but not so bad.

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Okay, I guess I’ll stop torturing you now with pictures of my swollen ankle. Haha and I’m fully aware the foot that didn’t get the injections isn’t much prettier!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. SparklePony permalink
    July 25, 2010 10:35 am

    Would love to hear how you’re doing now! I’m looking into getting prolotherapy for my flexible flat feet. Wishing you the best!

    • July 25, 2010 11:48 am

      Thank you, I’m doing another post on it soon. My last treatment is July 30th! 🙂 It worked wonders!

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