Hippie Issues.

No, this post isn’t really about hippies or the BF. (Just kidding, Nicholas… sort of.)  As many of you know, I continue to have my hip issues that I just cannot figure out.  I’ve gone to many doctors, chiropractors, and massage therapists.  I have NOT gone to any actual hip specialist or had an official X-Ray or MRI done.

Things I’ve tried/do that sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t:
– Icing
– Heating
– Stretching
– Foam Rolling
– Strength Training
– Rest (for 2.5 months)
– Yoga
– A.R.T.
– Chiropractic adjustments
– Massage
– Self massage with a lacrosse ball

The past couple of days after my 4.6 mile “run” my hip has been hurting like crazy, but today it feels better. Stretching the crap out of it helps for a little while and then the pain comes back.  I feel like if it was muscular then it would be okay because of all the stuff I’ve been doing for my muscles?

This issue has been ongoing issue since December last year 2 weeks after my half marathon, 1 day after my relay.

Why haven’t I seen a doctor and got definitive tests?
I’m a nurse, but I don’t have insurance. (I’m a Float Nurse, not considered a Full-Time Nurse)  The doctor visit alone with JUST an X-Ray is $350.   MRIs cost thousands of dollars without insurance.

What exactly are my symptoms?
(not all at the same time, just random from day to day. Not always brought on my running, but worse after running.)
-Pain of an ache, sometimes deep in the front of my right hip just below my hip bone in the crease.
– Pain in my right adductors.
– Pain on the side of my right hip.
– Pain on the left side of my back by my SI joint.
Most of this pain is bearable, I would rate it at a 3 on a 0-10 pain scale.
– Feeling of weakness and instability in my right hip.

What am I going to do?
Until I get insurance, which is sort of in the works, (I can’t get private insurance because of my Crohn’s Disease.), I will keep doing what I’m doing.

I signed up for a half marathon in November. Will I still be able to do it?
The plan is yes, still.  I don’t know how training is going to go, because I don’t want to push it.  I’ve already paid for the hotel and the race, worst case scenario I will just go and watch the BF and my friend Sherrie race.

Why not just go to a physical therapist?
Every physical therapist that I have contacted in Oklahoma has to have a doctor’s referral, I’m not sure if that’s a law or something, but it seems to be the case.

So the plan until I can get insurance is to do what I do, run when I feel okay but listen to my body.  I will most certainly not push it.
I used to LOVE running, but it has become unenjoyable to me because of the pain I get when running and running afterward.  I’d rather not find another hobby though, when my body feels good, running feels like it used to.

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