After being out of running for two weeks with recurring pains where I had a stress fracture last fall (in the left fibula), I got an MRI this week and just got the results from my doctor-- he says it shows "stress reactions" in the left fibula AND tibia, plus some minor muscle strains in the area. This is frustrating; I was just starting to get back to real training after my stress fracture. And I have no idea how the hell I damaged my tibia; I haven't done any hard or high volume training since that injury in the fall.
It would be really helpful if someone who knows what they are talking about could give me a plain-language summary of what the MRI results mean. What would have led to this injury? What can I do besides rest to heal it and stop it coming back again? How long can I expect to be out/cross-training?
Here is what the report says:
"There is intramedullary bone marrow edema along the anterior aspect of the tibial and fibular shafts extending from about 7cm below the knee joint line to 5cm above the ankle joint line. There is cortical thickening, which is seen on prior radiographs. No fracture lines are identified. Adjacent soft tissues are unremarkable. There is increased signal within the Kager's fat pad and gastrocnemius tendinous junction, likely muscle strain and Achilles peritendinitis. Achilles tendon is intact. Vascular structures are preserved. There is no joint effusion in the knee or ankle. There is a bone island in the proximal tibia and distal tibia."
Any help would be greatly appreciated. It's been 4 months since I was last training seriously and I am slowly going nuts!