I went for Ortho appointment #2 last week and it's been decided that an MRI and PT are the next steps. After this examination, the doctor felt that I might actually have a problem with my Sacroiliac (SI) joint which probably occurred during last year's marathon. Since then, I've assumed that the pain in my right butt cheek was just a really bad knot that caused pain when I bent down, or ran up hills. The months of deep tissue massages, mineral salt baths, and rolling around on tennis balls & foam rollers wouldn't have helped what I thought was a knot but is actually damage to this joint, located between the sacrum & ilium of the pelvis. To compensate for the pain, I've adjusted my running form and as a result, injured my hip. I'm hoping that this week's MRI confirms this diagnosis, that it's not something serious, and that the PT which I'm beginning tonight will make everything all better.
In the meantime, my parents gifted me with a gym membership to one that has a pool so I could afford to swim a few times a week. Who knew I loved swimming so much? I joined the gym yesterday, did 7 miles on the elliptical last night, and swam 650 meters or .4 miles this morning. I feel strong, my mind is clear again, and although I still want to desperately run, I'm no longer going insane. I'm grateful.
|The beautiful pool where I've been getting my swim on!|
So like I said, first PT session is tonight. I'm really excited to get started, to finally do for my body what I probably should've done long ago- to get smart and take care of it. People have asked me when my doctor will give me the go ahead to run again and I find the question sort of funny because I haven't been waiting for that. I've been waiting for my body to tell me that it's okay to run again. I'm hoping the message comes soon. In the meantime, I'm going to keep on keeping on.... and hope for the best.