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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

No Run = No Blog

4 weeks ago yesterday my right hip stiffened up during a 9 mile run. Except for one 'test' 3 mile run 2 weeks ago (which was very painful), I haven't run at all since April 14th.

I've tried several times however. Days and days of rest fooled me more than once that I was getting better but as soon as I started to run I would get a sharp pain in my side. So much for rest.

So far I've tried:
  • doctor visits (3 times)
  • chiropractor visits (2 times)
  • x-ray of my hip (negative)
  • MRI of my entire pelvis (negative)
  • In my 3rd week of PT
  • rest, rest and more rest
The physical therapists have found numerous issues, all of which have been worked on over the last 2-3 weeks via stretching, massage, ultrasound and muscle stim.
  • rotated sacrum
  • tight right Quadratus Lumborum muscle
  • tight right Piriformis
  • tight right Gluteus Medius
  • tight right Hamstring
  • tight right ITB
Here's the 'but'.......BUT when I try to run I still get a sharp pain in my right side, above my hip, in an area that seems unrelated to any of the above issues. So now PT has moved onto 'treating' this area (although not a single person can seem to identify what is actually causing the pain).

A long story short: when I don't run I really don't feel like blogging about running. Funny how that works. In fact the only activity my blog has seen lately is me deleting yet another race from my race schedule. So until I can figure out what's going on, I probably won't spend a lot of time writing about my problems (other than this time :-)).

9 comments:

Douglas said...

That sucks, my friend. As far as all of those problems, I'm sure most of us have them too. Patience is a virtue, but runners don't have it. I hate being injured, and I'm fighting my own hip pains these days. Hang in there. - Douglas

Tami said...

i hope you get it all figured out soon.

Jim Hansen said...

Steve,
Someone else you might want to check into is Julie Donnelly at Julstro.com. She is very good at offering advice and solutions that may work. Her forums are here: http://forum.julstrointernational.com/viewforum.php?f=9 You can look around or ask a question. I have a copy of her book "The Pain Free Triathlete" if you would like to borrow it, but she has an updated book now and I only have an ebook of it. I went to one of her workshops in Boston once and she has helped me through with various injuries through her message board in years past. It could be worth a shot for you at this time. She knows how all muscles are connected together and works with athletes. Good luck, I want to see you out and running again.
Jim

Steve Wolfe said...

Thanks for the support. It's hard to write about injuries without coming across like a whiner. I started off with patience (really) but have progressed way beyond frustration at this point. I just wish I knew what I was dealing with. It would make any type of recovery a little bit easier. I'm not looking for sympathy, I really just want to run.
Trust me, Deb wants me to run too. Unlike you folks, she has to hear me whine and complain every day :-)

Scotty "PHAT" Graham said...

Steve,

I hear your pain. Get better soon. It's no fun out there with out you.

Scotty "PHAT" Graham said...

I think I figured out what your doing. Your setting your self up for another "Come Back Runner of the Year" award. Smart tactic

CHRIS J. DUNN said...

"Your three best doctors are faith, time, and patience."

-From a fortune cookie.

Steve Wolfe said...

Chris, 2 out of 3 ain't bad...

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