Second Opinions

We had a great weekend in NOLA (post coming soon)…but before that trip happened, I had my follow up appointment for my hip. I had truly hoped it would’ve been a glute issue. After speaking with my PT, she had told me that the shot should’ve lasted longer than 24-48 hours, so I had hoped that meant it was a glute issue.

So here’s where I am, what the doc said, and where I’m headed…

I’m not pain free. It hurts to sit indian-style, it hurts to roll over in certain positions (when trying to go to sleep) and it sometimes hurts to walk. On a scale of 1-10, it varies from a 2-5. I always think scales like that are hard to really describe, because each persons pain tolerance is different. I think mine is pretty high.  Some days I have no pain at all.

After a brief convo with the doc, “No running, some pain, supposed to run a race this weekend, that shot didn’t really work…” I quickly got a response. “But the shot did. You were pain free for time, and we do hope that the shot lasts for a while, but it doesn’t always work that way. It’s time to look at surgery. You aren’t getting better.”  Bring on the water works. I knew it was coming. I knew I wasn’t 100% and that PT wasn’t making a difference on my hip (my glutes are another story).  I know that if I want to run, I need to explore my options. And I want to run. I NEED to run.

The doctor informed me that I needed to have a hip arthogram. Which basically involves getting dye injected into my hip joint, waiting for an hour or so, and having another MRI.  I don’t understand why I had an MRI without the dye the first time. It actually pisses me off. I received the bill for the first one and it cost my insurance company almost $4,000. The beauty of our healthcare system I suppose. Who knows what this will cost now.  I also think I could’ve had more answers 6 weeks ago when this all started.  Sorry for that rant…

The doc also told me that I needed to find a surgeon because no one at Emory does this surgery (thank goodness, haven’t had a great experience with Emory anyway). He originally said I needed to go to Nashville or Philly because he didn’t know of anyone in Atlanta. WTF. Apparently my doc isn’t so bright because even I knew from my own research (and chiro and PT) that there is an awesome surgeon here.

To my relief, his website has a section all about second opinions. I am NOT jumping into a surgery and trust this surgeon to actually give me a second opinion, not just be ready to operate.  Originally the office couldn’t get me in until April. After some friendly conversation with the appointment lady, they found a spot for me on March 7th.

So that’s where I stand.  I did run/jog almost 2 miles to my race cheering spot this past weekend and it didn’t hurt to run. I know that doesn’t mean much, but, whatevs.  Dye injected tomorrow, appointment next week and hopefully some answers then.

I do know that if I have to have surgery, recovery isn’t actually that bad. Could be 4-6 weeks. I’ve already done that, so what’s another 4-6. Right?

I do know I won’t be running the Publix 1/2 in two weeks.

I’m pretty sure even the Eugene 1/2 is out of the question now too, but will wait and see what the doc says on March 7th.

I have to remind myself that everything happens for a reason. Maybe this injury needed to happen so I could focus on other things in my life (i.e. new job) and not be so stressed about managing a training plan too.  I have cried about this more than I would like to admit, but I’m back to suck it up buttercup. Focus on work, enjoy flywheel and pilates, spend time with my niece and loved ones. Maybe even take a non-running vacation (gasp!).

At least there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.  I will be running. I will BQ. Sometime.

Super long shot, but do you know anyone that’s had hip arthroscopy??

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  • I understand what you’re going through. I had to have compartment syndrome surgery in my leg because of running. It was really hard to do and my mood during recovery was awful especially because running made me happy. I think that if you are in pain though you should do it because you will feel better running pain free.

  • Bless your heart. This saddens me. I have some advice before you try surgery, i got t a sports massage therapist that is A-mazing. I was having hip and back problems to the point my fingers, foot and toes would go knumb while running. She helped me within a few sessions and i go to her now for maintenance. I am not going to lie, it hurts – her process is to break down the muscle – scar tissue so it can repair itself to be more efficient. A lot like lifting weights, when you lift weights you are breaking down muscle fibers to rebuild itself. I have sent friends and family to her and ALL my running family sees her as well. Her husband is an amazing marathon runner!

    If you want i can give you her information. Just another try before going for surgery. Shannon

  • Do me a favor and go to this website: Seriously, he saved me from surgery three years ago. I had ITBS that was getting progressively worse, even after a couple of months of no running. I was contemplating surgery to have my ITB lengthened as a last-ditch effort. Someone suggested him to me, I got in to see him, and he fixed me in 24 hours. As in, I was running 24 hours later and have NEVER looked back. Just go peruse his site, see what he has to say on hip injuries (he has info on just about everything) and consider making the trip to see him, as crazy as it sounds. Email me if you want more info…

    Big hug!

  • I am so sad to read this and to know you are in this bad place right now..I can feel your frustrations and sadness…hang in there E…it will get better…I am sure this is very hard on you

  • THAT. SUCKS. 🙁

    Hope you get some answers and heal quickly.

    (don’t get me started on health care. Explain to me why I had to pay for two different sets of biopsy testing… My out of pocket between the 2 was over $500 – why was one not enough??)

  • oh no, I’m so sorry, but at least you have a plan of action. the worse is not knowing, but it seems you will get your answers very soon and from that on, you can solely focus on your recovery. Hang in there!!!

  • I’m so sorry. I hope the second opinion provides additional, non-surgery options that haven’t been considered (?). It will be good to have more info, though, and get a better sense of what you need to do to get on a more definite recovery plan. Maybe you will be able to walk-jog Eugene with me?

  • So bummed to hear this. I know the off time must be driving you crazy. Keep us in the loop, and my fingers are crossed for a quick recovery.

  • I am so sorry Elizabeth. My heart hurts for you right now because I know exactly how you feel. I actually teared up reading this. Nobody can really understand your injury, but I know the emotions you are going through. No matter what. Keep your chin up, it will get better. Even when you think it won’t, there will be light at the end of the tunnel. I promise. Keep positive thoughts and just focus on recovery. Let me know if you ever need to chat or vent. XXXX

  • I’m so sorry!! Things happen for a reason and when this is all said and done…it will be better sooner or later! You will be stronger and faster!! Just give it some time and “enjoy” the time off from running.

  • I really hope you get a second opinion that won’t involve surgery. There must be something else to try first but if surgery is the one route then it’s good to know you have a great surgeon right there in Atlanta.

  • I’m rereading all of these posts because I am crazy. I’m only 1.5 week in from my MRI results, but this all hits home. It’s so annoying because one day I feel good. The next day I’m waking up at 1am and crying in pain. What sucks is that I feel better(ish), but I’m also doing zero workouts. I want to get better AND still be able to run/box jump/spin/burpee/etc. Like… resting + PT is not a solution for my lifestyle. Sure I’m able to sit at work relatively pain free (which is awesome), but that’s not my goal here. It is so frustrating!!!! I also don’t have patience, soooo there’s that too.

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