And...another setback. My left hammy/butt was no longer feeling like sciatica (for one thing, my left foot wasn't cramping), but was still hurting, so I went back to my orthopedist to request an MRI. Got it on Friday and....
"There is edema within the left hamstring tendon origin with trace fluid signal intensity
at the attachment to the ischial tuberosity. There is also mild adjacent soft tissue edema.
Findings are compatible with a lowgrade partial tear."
|Brian made sure I was aware that |
my pelvis was "grossly unremarkable."
Well, there goes my self-esteem....
Despite the ominous word "tear", there's a lot of evidence that this isn't that bad, and was caught early. It's always good to see words like "minimal," "mild," and "low grade." Plus according to the report the tear itself wasn't visible on the MRI, it's just a conclusion based on what the surrounding tissue is like.
But, my plan of action is pretty clear. I was never going to run a spectacular Richmond half marathon anyway, given that it's a month away, and I'm not really in great shape. So better to shut things down completely, practice swimming for a bit while rehabbing. And working on total body strength and functional fitness so that when I'm ready to go, I'm REALLY ready to go.
It's not giving up. It's moving forward.
In the meantime, I've got plenty of stuff the next few weeks to occupy myself. Between Halloween festivities, watching indoors fanatically, cheering for friends at their fall marathons, and rock concerts, I'll be busy. Oh, and work. And rehab - my PT said he was OK with a week or so not swimming, but then wants me to start up with gentle jogging again.
|Hard to call it a bad week when I got to see Trent et al |
for the 12th, 13th, or 14th time (I've lost count).
You haven't lived until you've seen "March of the Pigs" performed live.