What the MRI looks like.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Although I am not a doctor, radiologist, PT or anything like that, this is what I can tell about the MRI that I had yesterday. There is something wrong with me. My left and right hips (right is the bad one) don't look the same. There are a lot of white spots around the left one - some are pretty large. Someone here on Spark told me once that white indicated fluid or edema. So, there is some kind of fluid accumulated around the right one, mainly in the front. There are also some pics taken from the bottom up - as if you were looking straight at me from my feet that show definite differences in the position of the two hips - the right one seems to be farther away/higher up than the left one.
Anyway, I go to the doc again on Tuesday. On Monday I am going to call the radiologist to find out if my MRI has been read (doubtful they will tell me anything, but maybe they will?). In the mean time, I will replace my runs with bike rides. Although they still hurt, they hurt much less than runs do. Actually the aggrivate my plantar fasciitis more than running!
So, what does that mean to me as far as my running life? It's on hiatus right now. However, I am still signed up for the Columbus marathon. But, I am going to take it like a grown up, and put my big girl panties on, and deal with whatever the doctor says. I want to run and exercise forever. If that means I have to stop for now, than I have to stop for now. I would rather have a surgery/ pt/ break from running now that is temporary than wait until I need a new hip and have to stop completely. There's always the Pig in May next year. Who knows, maybe a rest is just what my body needs to get my pace back down where it was...