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Shin Splints

April 18, 2011
Shin Splints

I’ve been running lately, and getting shin splints every time, and this time only running 1.65 miles.  I don’t want to increase my mileage until I go a day without a shin splint (it’s also a very convenient loop).  When I run, I have my pump on a 30% temp basal for between 30-60 minutes before I leave and during the run.  If I feel a shin splint, I suspend my pump.  I’ve been getting them in the last half-ish mile of my run.  Last Thursday my quads were really sore during my run, and then I had killer shin splints earlier than usual.  I wanted to base it on my quads, but I didn’t let diabetes trick me completely, so I suspended my pump.  I was also on a 10% basal during this run because I was lower before leaving than I usually am.  When I got back to my apartment I was in the 60s, and lately I haven’t been low returning from a run.  

I posted this on November 16, 2010, but I need to post it again.  

I am the type to get bored with one type of exercise very easily, so I try to do all sorts of different things.  I like tennis, but unfortunately that requires another person and a gym with tennis courts (neither of which are available to me right now).  So instead, I try to run at least one day per week, swim laps one day per week, and do some other cardio at the gym one day per week (generally either the elliptical or the bike – depending on the BG beforehand). 

One day last week I went for a run.  Just 2.3 miles, but all of a sudden I got this crazy shin splint in my left leg.  When I started running earlier this fall, I had awful shin splints one day, and when I got back I was in the low 40s.  Definitely scary, especially since I didn’t feel low while I was running.  So last week I’m going along, and past the halfway point, when I start to get a shin splint in my left leg.  It comes on pretty strong and then just holds steady.  I’m already on a temp basal, I started my run with a BG near 200, but I suspend my pump anyways.  It’s not like I can stop a run like I can at the gym.  I’ve noticed this feeling before, and since I don’t run with a meter, it’s an educated guess.  I keep on running, nearly tripping over the bumpy sidewalk, but I grab my pump from my waistband and I suspend.  I get back to my apartment about a half mile later (I think) and I test and I’m in the 60s.  Not only a quick drop, but my suspicions in the way to feel low while running are confirmed.

My mother has always been outspoken about how each person with diabetes has different low symptoms.  My experience with a certain medical professional, is they only care about the ones we all share, but aren’t our individual ones important too?  But back to running, is there anyone else who has ever gotten this symptom (even if not as specific as just the left leg)?  Or is there anyone else who gets another type of symptom, especially while exercising, that is just as specific?  It’s something that has gotten the wheels in my brain turning, and I’m hoping to find more information.

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  1. April 19, 2011 2:38 PM

    Hmmmm, nope, I've never gotten shin splints because of a low. Actually, I can't think of any exercise-specific low symptom at all – but you can bet I'm going to pay more attention going forward and see if I can find one. And I'll report back!!

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