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Friday, August 5, 2011

The Pain in My Ass

Its now been about 2 years that I've had pain in my glute/hamstring insertion area.

At first it was annoying but now it's ridiculous.

Over 18 months of physio and while the pain has improved because I now know how to manage it, the frequency of the pain has become all the more constant. I don't think there is a person in the world who has done more planks and bridges (rehab to strengthen my core and pelvis) and where has it gotten me?

Sitting without pain is impossible unless I sit on a yoga block or roll up a towel to sit on. Lying in bed on my left side even causes pain now.

Nothing showed up on the MRI of my spine, but we're still waiting to hear back about the MRI of my pelvis.

Nevertheless, I am hopeful for the first time in ages that things might improve. I saw another sports med doctor yesterday and he has several new approaches that we are going to try. When he suggested trying a totally different treatment strategy I nearly kissed him. If he'd suggested I just go do more planks and bridges, I would have kicked him in the kneecaps (he's a very tall man).

First we are going to do cortisone injections. If that doesn't work nitroglycerin injections, if that doesn't work, glucose water injections, if that doesn't work, freezing the area with injections. My bum is going to look like a pin cushion! The idea is to either numb the pain, or create a new irritation in the tissue to stimulate my body to do some healing because he feels my body just isn't recognizing the area as something that needs to be healed. Frankly, I'd agree to have just about ANYTHING injected into my butt if I thought it would help.

Cross your fingers for me, hopefully SOMETHING will work!

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