I got my MRI results back a while ago, but I have not had time to post about it.
The results were very bitter sweet.
The MRI confirmed a labrum tear. argh!!!
That is the bad news. It is actually really bad news. As I mentioned before, the labrum cannot heal itself, there is not enough blood supply to it. The only way to heal a labrum tear is with surgery. (6-9 month recovery time)
The semi-good news is that I don't need surgery right away, as long as I can deal with the pain.
With physical therapy here and there, lots and lots of stretching, and not pushing past pain, I can go for a very long time without surgery.
I am in a good groove right now with my workouts. I run 3 times a week, and cross train in between. So far, that is keeping the pain under control, and still allowing me to do what I love.
As long as I can continue this routine without worsening the pain, I am good to go.
Once I start having more and more pain, without changing anything, it will be time for surgery.
The stinky part, is that I was looking forward to a summer full of 1/2 marathons. Now, it looks like I will be lucky to do one in the fall. That is a big bummer for me.
They gave me a cortisone shot to help with the pain, but unfortunately, it has been two weeks, and I am pretty sure it didn't work. The odds of it working weren't great anyway.
So, here I am. I just do what I can, and let pain be my guide. When my leg really starts to hurt, I back off. When it doesn't hurt, I run.
Not the greatest news, but at least I can put off surgery for now.
So there is it. Good ol' labrum tear. boo.