I hope a doctor or someone with the same symptoms can finally help me here.
To quickly summarize, I was never very active as a young child, never muscley or an avid runner.
Nonetheless, I started running my senior year of high school. Not a lot. Not far. At college that fall, I started running a mile, then two. Probably a few times a week. By spring semester, I had a very fast 5K time and enjoyed it and had no problem with distance.
Then, after spring semester, I went home for the summer and picked up running again. However, I developed shin splints. I listened to my doctor, took two weeks off, and bought supportive shoes. I was able to run again! Or so I thought. In the fall, I was once again attacked by shin splints and so I laid off running for 3 months. This January, within two weeks, shin splints came back to haunt me. The doctors keep saying I need to rest but that has not worked, they have gotten progressively worse. I have been running since and I cannot stand it.
***In addition, I started worked my arms out heavily over the summer. Suddently, my forearms began to become painful whenever I used a machine that involve the curling motion (a.e. bicep machines). Soon, I couldn't use the machines, my forearms hurt too much. Apparently it's like having shin splints for your arms.
I have tried rest and I have tried using the machine correctly, but the "forearm splints" keep coming back too.
Does anyone have any idea why my bones hate me so much? Is there *anything* I can do? Am I doomed to be a vegetable not by choice?
(Note: I am having bloodwork drawn for RA, gout, and cellulitis. I don't know if this matters though.)