Ready for yet another post about my leg. Well, ready or not, you get one. Joy.
I went in to an orthopedic surgeon today.
I am registered to run a 1/2 marathon in June, and although my leg is getting better, it is not feeling up to snuff. I can run without pain, and then the pain hits later, and I have to wait about 5 days before I can run again. Usually, with pain in between runs. It is a huge pain. (ha)
It has been 12 weeks since the initial injury, that is 4 weeks past the time I was given for the muscle to be healed and pain free. Not good.
So, I went to the ortho. surgeon today. They did some X-rays and then Dr. Davis came in to talk to me.
It's not good folks. I am fighting some serious frustration right now, and some strong emotions. They are just below the surface, but hopefully copious amounts of girl scout cookies and various distractions from the kids will help keep it all at bay.
The surgeon is almost positive that I have a Labram tear.
I had never heard of it before, and it is extremely confusing and hard to explain.
The only positive part of this whole thing, is that I did nothing to cause it.
It is strictly, age, time, and the way my bones are formed on that joint. This was going to happen anyway. It was the perfect storm brewing, and it finally hit.
The really, really crappy part, is that it will most likely happen to my other hip at some point in my life.
Basically, there is some soft tissue and cartilage around the joint where the hip hooks into the pelvis.
I tore that soft tissue from the bone.
The other crappy news, is that it is part where there is no blood supply, which means, absolutely no chance of it healing itself...ever. Surgery is the only way to fix it.
I can basically do very extensive physical therapy and pain relief techniques to try to get the pressure off the joint and prevent further damage, but the damage is done.
Depending on the severity of the tear, surgery could be an option sooner than later.
It is the only option for a complete recovery. The question is, how long can I go before that is necessary.
The doctor is hoping it is not in the immediate future, or even close to that.
The recovery from a surgery for this is 6 MONTHS MINIMUM of zero activity. It is also known as one of the more painful and uncomfortable recoveries.
I will be getting an MRI to see how bad, or not bad, everything is.
Oh, and as an added bonus, this particular area is extremely painful to MRI, because the injection site for the iodine is so sensitive. On top of that, they are going to do a steroid shot (cortisone shot), at the same time. According to the doctor, that is "extremely unpleasant."
Somebody please just knock me out.
So, there it is. The MRI will be the tell all in this whole mess. I am praying that the damage is minimal.
Until then, I am back to no running again...for at least 8 weeks. ARGH!!!
Just call me Becky Biker Legs. Blah!