Let’s chat injury update just really quickly. I don’t have a lot of time since I’m pretty worried about the time change slapping me in the face when my alarm goes off at 4:30 am tomorrow. I’m not going to lie, I’m scared.
I had an MRI last week. After having a cat scan for the whole pituitary tumor thing, the MRI was really not that bad except that it took forever and was just boring.
My appointment with the orthopedic surgeon was the following day.
I debated keeping the cool shorts, but then forgot them on the table. Gosh they would’ve been cool to bring home. Ha.
Here’s what I’m dealing with.
I don’t understand a lot of it, but the doctor went over the main concerns and that he thinks the pain I’m dealing with now is due to the labral tear.
Yeah, I have one of those. A small linear tear of the anterosuperior labrum (among other things) along with my hip dysplasia.
Just lovely. Stupid hip. Why can’t I just trade it for one of these?
Here’s what I found when I Googled “hip dysplasia labral tear” after the appointment. We all do that, don’t we?
Hipdysplasia.org is a really great website that I spent a lot of time on actually with lots of information on hip dysplasia. It’s not that easy to find any good information out there that isn’t just about dogs. Ha.
It gives the best description of hip dysplasia here.
We talked about treatment options.Usually labral tears in normal patients are treated with arthroscopic surgery. However, as we all know, I am not normal and either is my dysplasia ridden hip.
RATIONALE: In general, hip arthroscopy is avoided as the main treatment for hip pain or hip deterioration from hip dysplasia. Hip arthroscopy without bony correction of dysplasia may not resolve symptoms and may potentially increase symptoms, worsen femoral head displacement, or lead to more rapid progression of osteoarthritis (1,2). – See more at: http://hipdysplasia.org/for-physicians/hip-arthroscopy-for-labral-repair-in-patients-with-hip-dysplasia/#sthash.2vUY7bav.dpuf
Then I was told that I’ll most likely need an osteotomy. I won’t go into detail about that surgery because I’m blocking it out at the moment, but a complete description about how it involves cutting the pelvis around the hip joint and shifting it into a better position to support the stresses of walking and how the hip is re-positioned and held in place with screws until the bone heals can be found here.
I did not cry when we talked at my appointment. I fought the tears back. Actually I haven’t cried yet at all because I’ve been busy spelling T-I-M-E and I’m hopeful we can wait a bit until the surgery or possibly avoid it all together. It didn’t sound like it was something that needed to be done right now, but given my situation it might be in my future.
I’m waiting on a referral to a hip specialist. I’m not sure how long those take, but in the meantime the doctor said I can do activities that I can tolerate. he says there’s nothing that says I can’t run the Boston Marathon, it’s just about how painful running is, how I feel and how much I can tolerate.
It’s actually been feeling better and I’ve been running on it slowly this weekend (both Saturday and Sunday). The pain doesn’t get worse the longer I run, but I’ve only been on the treadmill and hold on quite a bit. I’m not sure how or if things would be different outside.
If my body lets me, I’m going to keep running for the next few weeks and see what happens. If it’s too much though, well, then, that’s the way it goes.
I did read that prolotherapy was successful in quite a few patients with a torn labrum. The last couple of treatments I’ve had we didn’t know that’s what I had, so hopefully we can target the right area now and see if it makes a difference. It obviously worked so well before with all the hip issues so I’m hopeful now that we know what’s going on it will help.
I think that’s it for now. Day by day. Step by step. No expectations.
Beavis that was a lot of hip and injury talk, wasn’t it? I haven’t really talked about it yet to anyone, so hey, there you go.
I’m still setting my sights on the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge. I think I can do it, it will just be slow and it definitely will be just about the experience. And like I said, I’m sure my body and the Man above will let me know if that’s just not the plan. I just have this gut feeling that I’m going to be there this year.
After I left the doctor I distracted myself with a grocery shopping trip to Trader Joe’s.
I’ve got a new little meal plan I’m following and salmon was on the menu for Friday.
I typically bake my salmon a little too long. But Friday night was the perfect night to actually get it right.
Here’s the secret that my coworker taught me. (I pretty much learn something new and awesome from her every single day.)
Get a pan with oil (I used coconut oil) really hot on the stove. Meanwhile heat the oven to 425 (I used convection).
Season the salmon (I used fish seasoning I had gotten from the fish market in Seattle) and place it on the super hot pan skin side down for 3 minutes.
After 3 minutes transfer to a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and sprayed with nonstick spray.
Cook in the oven at 425 for 7 minutes. (Maybe a little more or less depending on your oven.)
Finally I didn’t make “salmon jerky” as Andrew calls it.
It was perfect.
I was so proud.
And there we go.
Off to bed.
Hope your Monday is off to a fabulous start!