First off, thank you so much for all of your sweet comments, emails and suggestions regarding my hip. I had my second opinion appointment last Thursday with Dr. Jon Hyman. To say that he is LEAPS AND BOUNDS better than my previous doc is an understatement. I trust this man 110%. I actually continued to tell him that I loved him (sorry P). He spent a good 45 minutes talking to me, explaining every little detail and coming to his own conclusions without seeing the previous doctors notes.
Bottom line: I have a torn labrum. It was extremely obvious in my MRI (I’ve held off on this post in hopes of getting the images to explain it better but haven’t and will post once they email them to me) when I saw the contrast dye and he pointed out the spot. There was “color” where there shouldn’t have been. It had to get there somehow, and it’s a tear.
The best way to explain my situation… Notice on the left part of the white ball where the bone meets the white-it has a smooth curve from the bone to the white. My body isn’t made that way. It has more of straight edge. Dr.Hyman says this isn’t uncommon and a tear would’ve eventually happened (running) because of my shape. Basically, it’s not smooth where it needs to be and has rubbed back and forth so many times from repetitive use and it has slightly torn. This probably would not have been detected if I wasn’t active and would’ve never bothered me. The “extra” that is causing the rubbing may have been that way since birth or have happened if I was injured as a child-as simple as a bad fall or accident that would’ve changed my growth pattern. Like I said, he says it’s very common and he sees it all the time. See Dr.Hyman on the news explaining labral tears around 1:35 of the video.
I could try and run with the pain I have now, or just spin and live a somewhat easy lifestyle. Or, I can have surgery and he will fix the “uncurved” spot to make it curved and reattach the detached labrum. I’m obviously having surgery. I can’t imagine running in pain for forever or not being able to run. Quite frankly, I miss yoga and being able to sit indian style or in the car for long periods of time. The pain has become my norm, even if it is very minimal.
My hopes are to have the hip arthroscopy at the beginning of April. It’s an hour and half outpatient surgery and I will be on crutches for 2 (maybe 3) weeks. This isn’t great for an outside sales job, but I can work on the phone from home if I have to. The overall recovery seems to be around 8-12 weeks.
I will have a DNS (didn’t sign up yet thank goodness) for the Oak Barrel 1/2 Marathon that P and I did last year. Of course I will be there to cheer him on too.
My most depressing DNS is obviously Eugene. This was going to be my big marathon for the year. My attempt at a BQ and my NUUNGENE reunion with some of my Hood to Coast teammates and my many, many other blogger friends. I HATE that I am missing this weekend. The only good news is that I should be on the road to recovery and will be all ready to run in the Summer/Fall.
I still have some things to work out with my insurance company before I have a final date, but I am glad to have answers and know that this is really my only option if I want to run again. Rest and PT will not change the shape of my bone or reattach the area that is causing the problem/pain. I hate that I wasted almost 8 weeks with a clueless doc, but I love that I have now one of the top docs in the south/country working on me too.
None of this is ideal. My tears have finally stopped, the unknown is no longer and I can finally move forward. I have to have faith in the whole “everything happens for a reason” thing…and I do.
Do you know anyone that has had hip arthroscopy? Can I cheer you on at Publix or Oak Barrel??