“It’s like déjà vu all over again.” – Yogi Berra
We now have more answers, and soon I think we’ll be planning our attack.
It is hard to believe for me, but the culprit is another sort of stress fracture in the same area. Technically they are calling it a “stress reaction,” but since the re-injury was at its worst four months ago, my guess is that it was fractured and is now healing. Apparently my new MRI is very similar to the MRI from last year when the first diagnosis was made.
It seems unfathomable that I was yet again riding on a stress fracture without my knowledge, but in hindsight, it makes sense. I even mentioned to one of my orthopaedic doctors a few months ago that it felt like a fracture. For whatever reason he didn’t listen to me or pursue. Don’t get me started on doctors.
The pain has been rough, and now I understand why. The doctors never told me to stop riding. I did it on my own accord just to get some relief. The hip always hurts and the pain sometimes radiates, but if I rode, it would make my entire leg painful and sore for days, sometimes weeks. Again, now I understand why.
The underlying cause is still unknown, but there clearly is something down there, most likely related to the bone in my hip joint. There’s a literal laundry list of possible diagnoses, but we won’t really know until a surgeon gets in there and looks. MRIs can only tell a part of the story with hips.
The next step is undoubtedly surgery. I am tentatively scheduled on January 31st, although that could change.
Recovery time will depend on what they find and what they repair. I had previously been told that just scoping the hip would have a short recovery, but since they’ll likely have to do more, it’ll be longer and there’ll be a period with no weight bearing. It seems like 4-6 weeks is standard, but it could be longer. The bikes will be waiting awhile, I’m afraid, and that’s fine. This is no longer about riding, and more about living.
I know that a lot of people who read this site do so because they like to armchair adventure. Others like to learn about new and interesting places to ride in the southeast. That is all going to have to wait for a little bit, but it will come again. Thanks for being patient.
The one thing that I really appreciate from this site is the overwhelming support I’ve received. All of the comments and emails have been encouraging and have kept me positive. I hope you’ll continue to be there for me during the long climb ahead.