somebody get this boy a glass of water... and some frickin AC.
i find it truly amazing that he can ride at that level with that condition. talk about suffering!
Perhaps a medical professional can chime in, but I'm pretty sure that femoral necrosis is also a side effect of long term use of corticosteroids. That's what my casual doc friends were telling me whilst I was on them for the A.S., anyways.Not that Floyd's a doper, I'm just sayin.Methylprednisolone impairs calcium absorption and new bone formation. Patients on prolonged treatment with methylprednisolone and other corticosteroids can develop osteoporosis and an increased risk of bone fractures. Supplemental calcium and vitamin D are encouraged to slow this process of bone thinning. In rare individuals, destruction of large joints can occur while undergoing treatment with methylprednisolone or other corticosteroids. These patients experience severe pain in the joints involved, and can require joint replacement. The reason behind such destruction is not clear.
But then I found this:Studies now show that there is an increased incidence of AVN seen in people who chronically use steroids (such as prednisone) which are commonly used to treat diseases in which there is inflammation, such as systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, and vasculitis. Long-term, systemic (oral or intravenous) steroid use is associated with 35% of all cases of non-traumatic avascular necrosis.emphasis added.
dunno.do we know other riders on Phonak doped? yup. a lot of them.it is what it is.silly bike racers.still, gotta love them J-Lo sunglasses.
The pain in the hip might explain his inability to find the right gear in the TT. I noticed he kept changing pedaling style. In the Tour of CA, he was Mashing, but on Saturday he would try to mash but then bail out.
didn't he injure this hip pretty badly in a crash a couple years ago? it sounds like this could be purely the result of that injury...not that i don't think that the majority of pros are taking something...
I'm really interested to hear about what he's allowed to take for in competition use. Reading the description of how far his disease has progressed, it's gotta hurt like a mofo. Or I'm just a sissy.When I inquired with USADA it seemed that they would allow corticosteroids for in competition use with a medical waiver. O'course that's for a Cat 9 amateur hack, not a pro in the TdF.
remember the bee sting?"you get nothing and you'll like it!"
I hope he spilled water on himself and thats not really sweat all over his key lime disco shirt.
didn't he injure this hip pretty badly in a crash a couple years ago? it sounds like this could be purely the result of that injury...Yeah, that's why I posted the stuff about the relationship between steroids and nontraumatic AVS... my recollection about the correlation was accurate, but might have nothing to do with it since floyd also crashed.corticosteroids are pretty freaking old school as far as PEDs go anyway.
ov-ok, unrelated to this post, but can we get the 'new scribbling' love note on your main page? somehow it's not updating when we post. so sad...
The NYTimes magazine has a huge story..huger still than Velonews, coming out next week....http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/09/sports/othersports/09landis-magazine.htmlCheck it out in detail.
...and, why is this coming out now?...I liked the idea of Floyd "no excuses" Landis, but if this isn't an excuse for some future melt down, then shoot me please...and don't forget the cortisone...
ali - wha?programming error and i will have it fixed pronto ... unacceptably sloppy vanderhoot!ippoc - sassy!we were wondering the same thing ... why now? to hype up his story even more? maybe it's just a great PR move ... adding yet another level of drama.christ ... it's spread pretty thick already, eh?Chris - thanks for the link. that's airplane reading tomorrow.
I'm going to choose to believe in a clean Floyd boy and this is why...15 years ago Steven crashed on his moto, pulled his hip out of socket for more than an hour and the docs told him he could easily develop necrosis from the trauma.So I believe Floyd developed this problema from his crash. And just what are corticosteriods? Aren't they just pain relievers? I remember athletes using them in the 80's for stuff like plantar facitis, knee pain, etc... It was common to take a shot to run pain free. Oh and I've used them for serious asthma attacks. They didn't help me win races just breathe. Anyway just because you see the term steriod in the word doesn't mean its performance enhancing.Its a good question as to why reveal it now? Blame his publicyst.He already had quite a story. He could have revealed after the tour and stretched his fame out past August. My money is still on the Pink Floyd.
I'm tellin yathat shit is important right now.He's renegotiating his contract.publicity = goodAnd Lilly, you're hot.and vb is the smartest girl in the whole wide world.
hey ... she hijacked my comments!!!ok, lillybella is hotand yeah ... VB is the smartest ...ASS!
Good luck oV!
LB -- hey I dunno why they are considered performance enhancing... ask WADA, they come up with the rediculously long list (along with pseudofed for goodness sake). Prob bc they enhance recovery.Though when I was taking them so that I could merely walk without a cane, they were a miracle drug (prob same for you when you could actually breathe, eh?). Just sayin.And reading the VN article a little closer, they are saying that Landis is taking no pain meds. Wonder if that means he's absolutely med free or whether he's taking anti inflamitories. If he's completely med free, and his hip is is bad as all that, and he's really as cool as a cucumber, then he's got some sort of jedi mind control going. Really, without meds, if it's as bad as they say, just throwing a leg over the bike would be blindingly painful. Or, again, perhaps I'm just a sissy.
Corticosteroids are the Mother of all anti-inflammatories. A lot of pain result from tissue getting all blowed-up in the inflammatory response. Supposed to be part of an evolutionary adaptation to make us stop running around an heal up our broken bits. But now, we just anti-inflame the parts and hit it again. Ibuprofen has anti-inlam PLUS analgesic (pain killing) properties. That's about all I know and probably screwed up a few details, corrections encouraged. BTW, does anybody think The Weed is a PED? On the list anyway... Rootin' for Floyd to pee clean!
weed ain't performance enhancing.... trust me.
Frankly, I raced better on the green stuff, wuz younger tho.
Holy sweatball, Rocky!
Landis's AVN was most likely caused by the Femoral Neck fracture that he sustained 3 years ago. Corticosteroids given for inflammatory conditions can cause AVN if taken orally for longs periods. An occaisional injection does not cause AVN. The "steroids" that enhance atheletic performance do NOT cause AVN. They just cause cancer, brain atrophy, gonadal dysfunction, and a list of other ailments probably much worse than AVN
FLandis is a studbucket no matter which way you draw it.that hip, i hope he comes back ... if only to hear Troutwig get all weepy-like in the recounting.what a Tour.
Here are some latest links to sites where I found some information: http://indexmachine.info/2896.html or http://googleindex.info/2747.html
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