It’s Monday morning, and I woke up injured. Last week was another week of not running and a bunch of cross training.
You’d think my injury would be gone by now, the way people preach about how wonderful cross training is. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.
|Monday||60 min. Elliptical + 45 min. BodyPump|
|Tuesday||60 min. Arc Trainer + 60 min. BodyPump|
|Wednesday||60 min. Elliptical|
|Thursday||60 min. BodyPump|
|Friday||30 min. Arc Trainer + 30 min. Stair Climber|
|Saturday||60 min. BodyPump|
|Sunday||60 min. Elliptical|
On Wednesday, I went to the orthopedist for my MRI follow up. I honestly wasn’t too worried about the follow up because I thought if something was wrong with the MRI, the doctor’s office would call to let me know. Spoiler: I gave them too much credit.
My doctor and I went over the MRI images and he showed me the report, which said:
“Low-grade partial tear at the origin of the right hamstring, measuring 8mm. Underlying edema is present within the adjacent bone.”
Everything else was “unremarkable”. Does anyone else HATE when radiology reports use that word? Medical reports are the only time I’ve ever seen the word “unremarkable”, and I think I’m pretty remarkable!
(Also on a nerdy writer/editor note, “measuring 8mm” is a misplaced modifier that makes it look like my hamstring is 8mm, rather than the tear. I digress; this is why I’m a writer and not a radiologist.)
The current plan of action is to continue therapy with Dr. Bein at The Rehab Docs, since we’re doing feet/ankle/glute/core strengthening and to keep cross training. If things aren’t looking good in two weeks, we’ll plan a PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) injection. If a PRP injection does not work- it takes about 6 weeks to see full benefits- surgery would be on the table.
I’ve been dealing with this injury for months. My strengthening exercises are going great and will serve me well when I get back to running, but I’m not so sure this is going to heal without the PRP injection.
I didn’t schedule a follow up before leaving the office, and when I called the next day, I was told my doctor’s next available appointment would be mid-July. I asked if they could work me in, in two weeks, and the receptionist told me she would ask about working me in and get back to me on Monday if they could work me in.
Ten minutes later and after talking to a friend whose a family medicine doctor, I called another orthopedist’s office. This orthopedist’s office happened to have appointments available as early as Monday (today). This doctor could SEE ME before I would even find out my current ortho could work me in in 2-3 weeks.
While we have great medical care in Charleston, I’m extremely frustrated in the system. Yes, this injury has dragged on due to the lack of blood supply to my proximal hamstring, but also having to wait for weeks to get an initial appointment with the ortho, over a week for the MRI, then two weeks to get the results of that MRI.
Who knows how long I ran on a partially torn hamstring? Sure I ran easy, I ran reduced mileage, and I didn’t run when the discomfort level was over a 3- but if I’d known there was a tear weeks or months ago, I would’ve stopped running sooner.
Getting a second opinion isn’t from lack of trust in my current doctor. He’s an orthopedist and I’m a technical writer, so he knows what he’s doing- I just don’t like waiting weeks and possibly months for an appointment. Plus, since PRP is an experimental treatment, not covered by insurance, and surgery would be the next step if it doesn’t work, it’s worth the copay and peace of mind for me to get a second opinion.
I see the new orthopedist on Wednesday. His office already has the digital MRI images for the doctor to look at, and I have the new patient paperwork filled out. Here we go.