Challenges/ Fitness

The Worst Injuries I’ve Ever Had

Today is the 8th day of the August Healthy Living / Fitness Blogger Writing Challenge – if you’re new to the challenge, feel free to just pick up and join in! Today we’re talking about our WORST injuries:

I’ve definitely have had my share of injuries – some caused by being accident prone (I swear I’m like a bull in a china shop), and others caused by overtraining, but thankfully I’ve never been injured in a motor vehicle accident (this is when I knock on wood). I’ve broken fingers, legs, and ribs and I’ve dealt with IT Band friction syndrome, piriformis syndrome, lateral epicondylitis, plantar fasciitis and an SI joint ligament sprain. That said. It’s really hard for me to pinpoint which of those would be the *WORST* injury as that would mean I’d have to define what I mean by worst. So instead I’ll just list my injuries under the following three classes: the most painful, longest to heal and mentally the toughest to recover from.

Most painful injuries:

  1. Plantar fasciitis – it crippled me with pain. I have a ridiculously high pain threshold (gave birth to all 3 of my daughters naturally and without any painkillers – no epidurals etc) but this left me unable to walk and crying in pain. I hobbled in on crutches to see my awesome physiotherapist Barb, who by the end of that first session was able to reduce the pain spasm cycle to the point where I could gingerly walk out of the clinic. Seriously, Barb Butler from Sports Medicine Specialists in Brampton is amazing. Truly amazing.
  2. Sprained ligament in my sacro-iliac (SI) joint – over the first four years of university I gained 25 lbs, had horrible eating habits and wasn’t all that active. One evening as I started my shift at a restaurant, I bent over to tie my shoe and wasn’t able to straighten up. My entire lower back was spasming and I couldn’t straighten up. We had to call me hubby (who was still my boyfriend at the time) to come rescue me. He took me to the hospital and they gave me some Tylenol 3, and muscle relaxants which helped tremendously. I then worked with a chiropractor for several months to reduce the muscle imbalances (weak abs, tight muscles) to prevent the injury coming back. He also quite honestly told me to lose the weight, and keep my weight down in order to prevent the injury from ever coming back.

Injuries that took the longest to heal:

  1. All of my fractures – the two stress fractures I received from running, the two rib fractures I received from a bad fall I took from tripping over the kids toys (I landed on the corner of a wooden coffee table), the toe I broke in a drunken University brawl, and the finger I broke from riding my bike too close to a pole when I was 8.
  2. all of my “itis” injuries – piriformis syndrome and IT friction syndrome from increasing my running mileage too soon, and lateral epicondylitis (elbows) from waitressing for many years (10). My elbows STILL to this day bother me, especially when I have a busy day typing.

Injuries that were mentally the toughest to recover from:

  1. Do pregnancy and childbirth count as injuries? In my mind they do as they were the most traumatic causes of me having to take a break from training. My first daughter was born premature and I always blamed myself for that (I worked out throughout that whole preganancy, even on the day she was born) – I suffered postpartum depression (PPD) and found being active was too difficult for me to fit in amongst all of my over-parenting of her. During my second pregnancy I had a low-lying placenta and was not allowed to exercise. I was also still battling PPD which only became worse after my second daughter was born. After DD#2 was born my hubby began working abroad in Ireland for 18 months. I spent 5 years not exercising and eating right, and I feel those two births were the hardest for me to overcome.

All in all, I’ve found that injuries make me train smarter. Finding the cause of each of them has taught me what limits my body has, and how to progress despite those limitations. For instance I can’t add on distance too quickly or I will get stress fractures. Too much hillwork brings on plantar fasciitis, and adding in too much speedwork gives me IT band friction syndrome.

What are the worst injuries you’ve ever had?
PS – Don’t forget to link up your post in the comments below (I can`t wait to read all about your highs and lows).
PPSPlease be sure to visit some of the other blog posts linked up so that we can all support and get to know each other – Thanks!


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  • Yoli
    August 8, 2012 at 8:30 am

    I’ve also suffered through plantar fasciitis. I limped to class for a while. Def no fun! Here’s my post:

  • Stephanie H (
    August 8, 2012 at 8:37 am

    If I listed all my injuries, my post would have been about 10,000 words long. I picked the worst two 🙂

  • ~jenniferlynn
    August 8, 2012 at 8:42 am

    You’ve sure been through a lot, Janice! Yikes! And still pushing yourself.. that’s so great!! 🙂

    Here’s my thoughts on the topic..

  • Carrie
    August 8, 2012 at 9:29 am

    I’ve had a few minor nagging kind of injuries, but thankfully nothing too serious. Or maybe I don’t know any better.

  • ConcreteNCoffee
    August 8, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Wow, that’s quit the injury rap sheet! I’ve definitely experienced the pain and frustration of “itis” injuries. I had no idea that you could develop elbow issues from serving. Well I’ve only been at it for 5 years and am working hard to be done waiting tables by the time my girl’s in elementary school! No daily post here yet, but it’ll be up soon at 🙂

  • Lisa Runs for Cupcakes
    August 8, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Knocking on wood! I haven’t had any major injuries since coming back to running after having a baby.

  • Victoria
    August 8, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    I’ve never had any injuries save an overuse problem when I first started running. But being pregnant does kind of feel like “injury” in the sense that I’ve had to substantially cut back and won’t be able to work out for awhile after the birth. That will be hard. If I go a few days without exercise, I feel like a slacker, so a few weeks is definitely going to be challenging!

  • SheisonaRUN
    August 8, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    I’m lucky enough to never have a serious injury. I’ve only ever had some aches and pains that went away with in a day or less. I’m not crossing my fingers that I put this out there because I really don’t want to get hurt especially NOT before my half in Oct!

    Here’s my post on how I believe I been injury free.

  • Sarah K (
    August 8, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    I’m going to knock on wood also. No serious injuries here either.

  • sheslosingit101
    August 8, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Ouch! I hurt just reading the other entries! Here’s my post:


  • Amber K
    August 8, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Oh gosh, having plantar faciitis was the worst! I had to borrow a walker that my husband’s grandma had in her garage. Horrible, horrible pain.

    • Janice
      August 8, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      The absolute worst pain ever!

  • Rosanna Soto-Luna
    August 8, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    The plantar fasciities is what I’ve been dealing with, it SUCKS!!!

  • Cindy
    August 8, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    The worst injuries I’ve ever had.

  • sandra
    August 8, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Great post! You have had your share of injuries! I am avoiding the baby thing but hubby is ready ready!! Here is my post:

  • Runninglovingliving (
    August 8, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Wow you have had your share of injuries 🙁 I have suffered through stress fractures and a broken toe but nothing like breaking my tail bone. Here is my post:

    • Janice - The Fitness Cheerleader
      August 8, 2012 at 9:47 pm

      Funny story – after commenting on your worst injury post, an ad for Tylenol displayed in your sidebar 🙂

  • apkussma
    August 8, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    I’d have let you use pregnancy/childbirth as an injury if you hadn’t just bragged about your pain threshold and natural childbirth a few items before! In all seriousness, it totally counts.

    I just got my post in under the wire! Here’s my ‘Map of Pain’:

  • seekelrun131
    August 8, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Wow…that was kind of emotional writing about, because this accident was a close one. I’m getting back on the challenge horse today. 😉

  • Val
    August 8, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Good grief that’s a long list of injuries. I’ll stick with my chronic issues, at least I know what to expect lol

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  • Tribble
    August 9, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    The worst, longest to recover and healing is my left shoulder. I had my collar bone pushed into my rotator cuff. After 3 years after the accident…I had surgery to repair my rotator cuff. I am still healing 2 years later and still have considerable pain.

  • Fancy Nancy
    August 9, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Pregnancy and PPD can most definitely count as injuries!! You have to be careful just like coming back from any other injury!


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