Today was the next doctor’s appointment, this time to check for a hernia. Dr. Guy thought this was a possibility, and it made sense to my general practitioner. I was pretty much convinced before I walked into the appointment. After doing a little bit of turning and coughing, the surgeon quickly concluded that I have no hernia. On the contrary, that part of my body is in pretty good shape.
Before this year, I would have never thought that learning I don’t have a hernia would be considered bad news, but today that’s what it was. I knew that with a hernia I’d have a short recovery time, and could be back within a few short weeks. The alternatives are pretty much all worse. Now that we’re back to the drawing board, it is a little disappointing.
The process of elimination continues, but there have been some telling signs. This past Monday and Tuesday, we had some unseasonably cold temperatures. The hip hurt a great deal on these days, seemingly out of nowhere. The same was the case before the Hincapie ride when temperatures were freezing. There’s also a lot of clicking and popping, especially when it’s cold or after activity.
The doctors have thrown out many possibilities. We’ve pretty much been throwing a dart at each one, and seeing if it hits before moving onto the next.
One thing that has been mentioned that I haven’t seriously considered before now is osteoarthritis. I’m simply too young. It just doesn’t make sense. Now, in my unscientific opinion, it is making a lot of sense. Symptoms like the clicking and popping, the cold weather pain, and others fit like a glove, and there have been a lot of bone issues throughout this whole ordeal. If that’s the case, then depending on the severity, it could lead to an eventual hip replacement.
A hip replacement would have been unthinkable a year ago. I can barely wrap my mind around it now. It does happen to younger people. The most notable cycling example is Floyd Landis, who recovered from it and rode again. There have been other examples. The recovery time is not that lengthy, and cycling is supposedly good for it. While it is certainly not ideal, it would not be the end of the world.
My follow-up sports-med appointment is next week, where I’ll ask about arthritis. It is possible he’ll decide to just scope the hip and figure it out that way. I’d be okay with that too if it provides answers.
In the meantime, I’m still off the bike, but doing okay from a fitness standpoint. I’m getting my exercise through push-ups and have not gained any weight. I’ll take that while we figure this mess out.