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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!
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    I just got diagnosed with bursitis from walking too much. I'm really happy that I've found your blog because I'm having the same set of problems today. I don't want to stop and take it easy. I want to walk the 2.5 miles between work and home and then meet my friends for rollerskating at the park. Instead I'm taking the subway home and napping on the couch with my new meds.

    I hope you get better soon and find a good secondary set of things to keep yourself active in the mean time.
    4024 days ago
    Whoa!! So sorry to hear about your tribulations, Molly!! =( I am going to place my faith in your new doctor that he can help you heal!!!! Let us know when and I will be praying for you and the doc that day! emoticon
    4025 days ago
    Good luck when you start running again, Molly. That imbalance between your 2 sides is probably what contributed to your hip problem.

    I hope your next procedure goes well. Your description had me cringing!

    Feel better soon.
    4029 days ago
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    I hope you are feeling better soon! And take it easy during your run!

    I'll be thinking of you and Kris when I'm in Columbus on 10/18.
    4030 days ago
    EWWW - thanks for the gross out!

    Sigh - I hope your hip heals up soon and that PT is good to you so that you can get back to running. It's the April race you are talking about? Doing the half or the full? I'd like to do the half but I better make sure I register in time this year!
    4030 days ago
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