I am here for a second opinion.
The waiting room is packed....I have at least an hour of waiting....he better be good.
So I have not posted about my last doctor's visit.
I went to see him on May 2nd.
I was expecting a PT reference and instead he told me I needed surgery.
I was shocked because 3 radiologists had looked at my MRI and they all said no tear.
I waited in the exam room 1 hour and 15 min and then he walks in all happy and he says "I see a tear" hmmmm WHAT???
I must have had my best pissed off look on my face because he said "oh you don't look happy". Genius guess doc.
He said he knew that the report said no tear but that sometimes they miss some of the tears. He said he would call the radiologist and discuss what he sees. If radiologist agrees we do surgery if not then its PT. I was pissed. I had a million questions and by the time I was done the radiologist called. I was there when the doc took the call. When he hung up he said "yep he agrees with me! He said this could be a tear" He looked way too happy for my taste.
I wanted to cry. So he said they would send the request to the insurance for surgery.
I left pretty depressed.
3 days later I walked the OC Half Marathon.
Now we are 12 days later.
I am worst.
I can barely walk today.
I called doc #1 to see if surgery was approved and they said not yet.
We called the insurance and they told us we did not need approval for this surgery.
So I am now wondering what the hell they are doing at that first office.
I am not in a good place right now, this is hard. No running.
I am worried about our up coming trip to Washington DC.
We are leaving in 11 days.
This is a trip with a lot of walking around.....
My head is spinning thinking about it....
I am going to blog about this journey because right now I would love to find someone's story with the same injury and read about what they did and how was their comeback to running. I want to share what I am doing and not doing.
Don't worry I will not whine on every post.
I will swim and work on core and do whatever it takes....yes even rest.
All right will be back with what doc #2 will say.......
All right...I am back...
What a roller coaster day.
Very sorry this post is so long.
I will make this short...
I love doc #2. He is nice and he took his time and he has a great reputation. I thought I would wait a really long time and it was not so bad.
He listened to me and he did his exam and he said that my pain does not come from that small tear.
He is not concerned with the tear...it is horizontal and he said that he could pull 50 people off the streets and 30 would have a tear like that and not have any symptoms.
He said my problem is anteriomedial impingement. He explained what that was with a plastic knee and it makes sense. My joint is being pinched with every step. He showed me on the MRI a bruise I have on my tibia, that explains some of the pain also.
He recommended PT as plan A.
He said I have to stop running for now. For REAL.
He said bike is OK, swimming, pool running without ever extending the leg though.
He said he has a good feeling about this being the plan for me.
He gets that I want to run right now.
I asked about the tear and surgery and he said right now he thinks it is best to give PT a shot and see if we can avoid surgery. I like that. Less aggressive approach.
I see him again in 4 weeks.
He made a call to the PT place and asked e top guy to see me TODAY.
Top guy, Jeff the owner, is hard to get as PT, this is the same place I went last year for my groin and I never saw him.
Jeff said yes come now.
So I did.
Lunch is so overrated anyway.
Met with Jeff and Natalie, another great PT who is a runner. She will be my PT and he will have inputs.
They made me walk and they looked at my knees. Both said the same...knees tend to roll towards the inside when I walk and surely when I run. I could see it in the mirror.
They said I needed orthotics to correct this and that this would take pressure off my joint and align my knee. Makes sense to me. It will also take pressure off the tear I have.
So I am feeling optimistic.
I need to find some patience and also not run.
I hope that plan A and those orthotics will work.
I get the orthotics in one week.
We almost had a broken nose in the family over the weekend...
Will was the pitcher for his baseball game and the ball hit him on the nose ...
It was bloody and it scared the crap out of me and him of course... but nothing was broken thank God...