This week was 55 miles of running, ~1500 yards of swimming and 18 "miles" of pool-running -- training log is here.
On Wednesday, I finally managed to see a second neurologist to get a second opinion on my gait/coordination issues (I scheduled this appointment several months ago - it takes a while to see neurologists these days).
The appointment was worth the wait - he spent a full hour with me, including having me jog up and down the hallway for about 5 minutes while he watched. He confirmed that clearly whatever I'm dealing with gait-wise is mild (good news), and it wasn't MS or anything else sinister.
He also noted that my head tended to tilt to the right in a weird way when I ran, and I was swinging my right arm oddly (I wasn't aware of either of these). He then suggested dystonia - had I ever heard of it? (the answer is yes).
I left the appointment with prescriptions for two medications - trihexyphenidyl (the generic version of Artane) and baclofen. Both of these medications are approved for Parkinson's disease, but used off-label for other conditions, including dystonia. I was to start with a half-tablet of the Artane and see what that did. If it didn't help, or only helped a little, I was then allowed to experiment with any amount and combination of the two medications, up to a maximum of 1 full tablet of the Artane plus two tablets of baclofen.
So I started with the prescribed half-tablet of Artane on Saturday, and it really does seem to make a difference - I can feel my legs moving freely again, and it feels like I have so much more hip extension than I did.
So that's awesome. I still had some stiffening/jerkiness at times (triggered by noises behind me) so I may experiment next weekend with a full tablet of the Artane. The Artane has a long list of potential side effects including difficulties concentrating and poor short term memory - that's why I'm testing it out on weekends first.
In other news, the estrogen continues to work well for me - my aerobic fitness is getting better and better each week.
All good things.
Monday: 9 "miles" of pool-running and upper body weights/core. Foam rolling at night.