The next step
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Last Wednesday, I had a doctor's appointment for a second opinion on the labral tear. This doctor was a little more proactive (at least to me) regarding what I should do. He had me get a cortisone/novacaine shot in my hip joint to provide a definitive diagnosis. He said that the novacaine would make me numb and I would immediately feel no pain, if the problem was truly in the joint. Well (duh!) of course the novacaine made me feel so much better.
Now, as for the procedure...OMG, it's not for the faint-hearted. I mean, NOTHING grosses me out/ makes me queasy, etc. I'm a High School science teacher. I can take it all! But this was awful. First of all, the needle was the thickness of a coffee stirrer, and it went in in my bikini line! I was trembling during the whole thing. Oh, just the thought of having that procedure again horrifies me.
But the doc said he wants to see me again in three weeks to see if he needs to do a hip arthroscopy on it. He will. It doesn't hurt for everyday activities any more, but I definitely feel it when exercising. And, I haven't even tried running yet. I'm thinking that I might try tomorrow or Friday to do a 3 mile run, just to see what happens. But, this doctor is one who doesn't want you to endure pain that keeps you from your athletics. So, for him to do surgery on me would be, to him, helping me get back to normal as quickly as possible, which is what I want. I mean there are still like 11 weeks left in the year, and when I go to the appointment if I need surgery, I will schedule it ASAP, so that I can be recovered by Christmas break (hopefully that will be enough time).
One of the things they also did at that doctor's appointment is test my left leg's strength against my right leg's strength (the right one is the bad one). There is an incredible difference between the right and the left, so surgery or no surgery, I will most likely need some form of PT to get my legs to be equal again. And, I feel that when running - I have a leg that wants to run at 9:30 pace, and a leg that wants to run at 12:30 pace. Well, that makes me lopsided, and it is noticeable!
In the meantime, I got my deferrment for Columbus. I WILL run that race next year - I'm thinking, depending on this next doc appt, on making it my goal race for next year. But I think I have a long way to go, and for now it's baby steps. I'm trying to stay positive, but not exercising as much is BORING!