Surgery is on the horizon

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

I think I've proven over and over again that I'm a fighter, that I don't give up. I've maintained my stance that there is something wrong with me, despite being told over and over again by multiple people that there's not. A person doesn't continue to have pain for months on end for no reason. If you read any of my other blogs (which I know are few and far between now), you'll see that I've tried a lot of things to get "better." When I moved to South Carolina, I pursued the doctors here and challenged them to give me some answers. I saw a doctor, one of whose specialties is hips. He looked at my MRI that I done in Maine, the one where I was told it was completely normal, and said, you have a labral tear. Now my doctor back home thought I had this, but the person who read the MRI said there was nothing. I asked for another MRI for further confirmation, since I'd been told so many times before that I'm fine. I got the results yesterday. It is indeed a tear. Well now I have an explanation for all my pain these past 10 months now I think it is. I'm not crazy! Woohoo!

My only option now to fix this is surgery. A cortisone shot has already been proven not to help. My body is telling me that it is tired of being hurt. I'm so tired of it too. I can't run. I push through with CrossFit, but I have my limitations and sometimes suffer later for workouts. I want to be able to workout without repercussions. I'm thinking about doing this in September. I'll have crutches for four weeks, then PT and looking after 3 months to be able to start an exercise program again, like running and hopefully CrossFit. I have to be out of work for at least two weeks and for those two weeks I need to stay with someone. That's hard because all my family is in Maine and while I've gained a few friends here, work with a lot of great people and workout with awesome CrossFit peeps, I hate being reliant and dependent on others. So I'm not quite sure how I will arrange and figure that part out. Pray that everything works out and falls into place.

My message to everyone is that you know your body. Don't doubt yourself. Be persistent. Keep fighting until you get the answers you're looking for. It's your body, not theirs. Okay, off my soap box. :)
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  • KARENE10
    Sending Prayers! You know your own body,I'm glad you found out what the problem is and can now have surgery to have it fixed emoticon
    2994 days ago
    I hope that you are on the road to recovery now. It must be such a relief to have a proper diagnosis and treatment. And you are so right that we have to know our own bodies, stand up for ourselves, be our own advocates, and get the treatment/healing we need.
    3270 days ago
    While I'm sorry to hear about the tear, I'm glad that there is a solution and that you're willing to do it. I hope you will find just the right person/people to take care of you after the surgery. Keep us posted!
    3297 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9234910
    It is great to read the answer has been found at last! You must be so relieved! I hope you'll find a solution you are happy with for the 'after operation' situation.
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    3298 days ago
    WOW what a relief to get it figured out. That is amazing that you kept pushing your doctors and it worked out. Can you hire a nurse to come in and help you?
    3299 days ago
  • SUE5007
    Fantastic news. Can you have the surgery in Maine so that you can stay with your family for the two weeks? (Though I'm sure you'd rather have the doctor in South Carolina who believed you do the surgery) I'm happy that there is now light at the end of this tunnel for you!
    3299 days ago
    My thoughts are with you. I just got off crutches after seven weeks because I broke my foot. There are some great chair workouts here on sparkpeople that I was doing while in my cast/boot. Now that I am off the crutches I am swimming since I am not cleared to run yet.
    3299 days ago
    Hi Suz - I'm sorry you're still in such pain, but so glad that you doggedly pursued some real answers. I hope that the surgery and recovery bring real relief... and no sidecar issues!
    3300 days ago
    i am so glad that the problem is found and fixable (hope it doesn't take 10 months to solve my hip problem :-( and i second Cannie -- yes being dependent is a pain, but giving people a chance to be generous and express their feelings -- is ... generous. (and maybe your mom would like to come down and take care of you:-) hugs from Paris.
    3300 days ago
  • CANNIE50
    FINALLY! I am happy you have a solution to this painful, frustrating, aggravating problem. What a relief! As far as being dependent, I want to offer a different side to that. Imagine it from the other side. Don't you love when someone asks for help and you are actually able to offer them real help, and comfort? Most people truly want to help those they love, especially people who routinely take care of themselves and work to better their lives. So, I hope you are offered lots of TLC and are willing to graciously, gratefully accept it. You deserve some assistance to get through this (temporarily) painful portion of your life. I am excited for you to get to the other side. Yes, you are a fighter. You have proven that over and over and over - you have persevered longer than a lot of people would, under the same circumstances. Let's face it, what you have been through is absolutely exhausting. One of the benefits of this surgery is the chance to truly rest your body during your recovery period. When you do resume your fitness pursuits, you will be playing catch up but you will be rested, and you have all that muscle memory. Take care and please keep us posted emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3300 days ago
    Wow, sorry you need surgery but so glad you didn't quit in seeking help.
    3300 days ago
    Lots to be said for being your own advocate. So glad you not only have a diagnosis but it is treatable with surgery. No, you're not crazy LOL. Wishing you the best always. emoticon
    3300 days ago
    I'll keep you in my prayers Sue... everything is going to be fine... emoticon
    3300 days ago
    Well said. I could go on and on about Dr.s missing important diagnoses, and three were this year alone; two resulted in deaths (DH's parents) and one was a close call (my mom).
    3300 days ago
    Best of luck to you and hope the surgery gives you relief. You will be surprised how fast recovery goes, and you will be back at it in no time.
    3300 days ago
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