Saturday, May 23, 2009

what is it?

drumroll, please....MRI results are in...

i have gots me a case of Illiopsoas Tendonitis (huh?) and okay people, is it tendInitis or tendOnitis? Since the (hip flexor) tendon is pulling on the bone and caused some trauma, I also have a "stress reaction" (double huh?). sometimes also called a "bone strain".
the doctor tells me that had i kept running, this would have 100% been a stress fracture within a couple runs. (this makes me feel good and smart! i actually stopped way earlier than most people do becuase i knew the "signs". usually, ortho doctors yell at me and she practically gave me a smiley face sticker and a lolly. go me!) .

the tendonitis is interesting to me becuase i have no pain/sense of inflammation around the area (unless i run), but i'm not complaining. tendon-antyhing is better than fracture anything. and NO CRUTCHES!!! (sorry, mary..i kind of sickly wanted to be crutchy friends just for one minute)

the prognosis is sooooooooooo vague at this point (always, right?) right now i am supposed to rest for 3 weeks. NO running. After honu (where i am biking and swimming gosh darnit becuase it doesn't hurt and i'm going and i worked hard for this), no cycling for a bit as well. swimming with a pull buoy. but yoga seems in the clear. i tried to pry to see if the doctor thinks i can race this season but there were no answers to that one. hopefully soon.

anyone out there have anything similar ever? any bit o' advice would make me quite happy!

anyway, happy memorial day! and you know what made my weekend? my fastest friend under 20 told her momma a funny story involving me.....i always wish i was as cool, honest, mature, and FAST as chloe when i was twelve.

21 comments:

GZ said...

Sorry to hear about that. Glad to hear it is not a full blown fracture. I think it is incredible that you are going to swim / bike ... when will you be clear to get in the saddle again? 3 weeks?

Jennifer Yake Neuschwander said...

Glad to hear know crutches for you. Hope you have a speedy recovery. That Chloe story is super cute. Way to be a role model.

Ryan Denner said...

save yourself for IMSG, because if I sign up, I will hold you to your trash talking a few weeks ago :)

Lazy Bitch said...

Injuries suck! Good luck and I hope you heal up soon...

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D said...

What injury haven't I had? Well, maybe that one (I say maybe cuz I just stopped going to the doctor about stuff...).
As always, just take the prescribed rest! We all suck at this, but know it's the most important thing. Not worth busting out this year only to ruin yourself for 5, right?
That said, rip Honu swim/bike a new asshole. It deserves it!

X-Country2 said...

Good luck on your road to recovery. Hopefully it's as speedy as you. :o)

Jill Costantino said...

Hope you have a quick recovery:)

redrockchica said...

Hey there... I actually got that same 'injury' last year. It came on somewhat gradually, but basically it was from trying to increase my speed (via longer strides AND simply too much running AND in temps a wee too cold for me). It was horrible. But like yours, it really only hurt when I ran, or did crazy stuff like donkey kicks. My boyfriend FORCED me to lay off for a few weeks, during which I mainly swam and remained quite cranky. The good news, it finally went away. I don't even remember when, simply, it finally faded away. Oh, I did take quite a bit of anti-infammatories (sad but true and I think helpful). Best of luck :-)

BreeWee said...

BETH! I am so sorry to hear all this, oh no, I hope you don't have to miss all season...

I am hoping you get in some miraculous recovery, hang tuff, keep that positive attitude, and before long you will have this in the past!

See you soon!

LoveOfShoes said...

Glad to hear it's not a full stress fracture and no crutches!! My doctor said if I had come in a few weeks earlier, my fracture could have been avoided and remained a 'reaction', so you're right that you're lucky to have known the signs.

Rest up and listen to your body, and think of this as a great chance to focus on the swim!!

Reg said...

Hi Beth. I'm a friend of Nikee Pomper's and saw your post. Hope you feel better. Take a look at DMSO if you get a chance. My orthopedic surgeon gave me some and it's an incredible anti-inflamatory. Somewhat controversial so do some research. Worked wonders for me though. Hope you heal quickly. Reg

MJ said...

I hate vague mysterious medical mumbo-jumbo that is hard to understand... at least it is pretty clear what you have to do.

The main challenge will be getting the doctor to ever say "you are clear for racing" - they get REALLY nervous about that....

Have a quick recovery!

Cheers,

Sara said...

Found your blog recently from Rachel Ross here in Hawaii... I lived in San Diego for 3 months last year (I'm normally on Oahu) and had something similar going on. I'm sure you've probably tried ART before but if not, Gino Cinco (a PT at University City Physical Therapy) is amazing! He totally fixed me up and works with a lot of top level triathletes in the area. Hope you recover quickly! Aloha, Kelley (my sign-in is my daughter's name :-)

Jim said...

Be sure to check out the DMSO before you try it. I tried it years ago for my ankle. It was really torn up in a motorcycle accident. When the boys and I went to Costa Rica, I didn't want to loose any surfing time when the pain set in and a guy from The Longboard House in Florida had recommended DMSO. It does work wonders. I didn't really check it out until months later. Depending on who you believe, it's either a wonder cure, or should be a banned substance.

Here's another home remedy I learned from some ladies that worked for me when I worked at Rowena's. They would stand for hours everyday in the kitchen and bakery. When their knees or feet started to ache, they would spray on some WD-40 and rub it in. They swore by it.

My advice, rest, relax and let your body heal itself. It may be hard now, but will pay dividends in the future.

Have a ball in Kona.

Sherry Lynn said...

So sorry to learn that you have to take another 3 weeks off, but majorly RELIEVED that you don't have another fracture. We'd have to start calling you 'Broken Bones Beth'.

Happy road to recovery! It's always good to 'know'... now you can do what you need to do to get well ASAP!

Mike G said...

Wow that's a lot of work for your doctor for an injury that is so vague as to defy categorization. But hey makes for a great excuse right! ;)

rr said...

You are such a smarty for stopping when you did!

But it sucks you can't race this weekend.. hmm, think they'll let us relay? I'll be your runner.. flights are cheap right now!

Bob D said...

Yes, my daughter who is a high school XC runner had a very similar problem. After numerous MD / ortho visits, after x-rays, MRIs and other tests, and needless to say after many medical bills, they prescribed plenty of rest. It worked.

Shawn said...

I had a "stress Reaction" last month and within 2.5 weeks I was back to running again, but at a decreased distance.

Eileen Swanson said...

Yikes, but so good that you stopped early! Get well quick! I wish we lived closer, we would be great swimming buddies....I may be off of cycling too....running is nill right now as well. UGH!

rocketpants said...

A year and a half ago I sent my Illiopsoas region into a total and utter spasm when I fell trail running. While not tendonitis, i do understand that feeling of 'you hurt what?'. I second Sara's comment to go see Gino Cinco for PT or someone equally as talented in ART here in San Diego. While mine was only a muscle issue, getting those muscles to relax is very, very hard and might be contributing to what is straining the bone. Good for you to realize there was a major issue and that you backed off soon enough!

And about DMSO...just be very, very wary. It makes your skin very permeable to any other chemicals. It is sometimes used in medicine but somewhat controversial. I'm a chemist by training and would never put that stuff on my skin. Freaks me out.

Hope recovery comes fast for you. Good luck.