Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Update on my butt

It still hurts.  

I got into the Running Institute/Michigan Rehabilitation Specialists Tuesday morning and met with the best PT they have.  He thinks I have an SI joint (sacroiliac) injury.  It's my right hip/glute that is tight and painful.  However, as he did all the stretches and tests, it all hurt WAY more when he manipulated my left leg.  I jumped off the table a couple of times it hurt so bad.

After some preliminary tests, he put a huge heating pad on my butt for 20 minutes and then had me loosen up on the elliptical for 25 minutes.  Now, good thing I stopped in on Monday after my MD appt to set up my first appt here.  I saw everyone in work out gear, so thought I better wear that too.  Had I just called, I would have showed up in my work clothes, ie a summer dress, and looked like an idiot.  

So I packed my work clothes and got all sweaty on the elliptical.  Man that thing was so boring for 25 mins!  There is nothing to look at except the receptionists not doing any work and complaining over and over about how slow it was that morning.  25 brutal minutes later, I was done.

I foam rolled (kinda dumbly, I'm not good with that thing yet) and then had the PT stretch me out a bunch more.  Two hours after I walked in the door, I was sweaty and on my way to work.  The good news is that my PT thinks this is totally fixable, in fact he wants me running on the alter-gravity treadmill right away.  He thinks I'll be just fine, which is promising.

I'll be seeing him three times a week for awhile and my biggest issue is how I'm going to go to work afterward and not stink all day.  They don't have showers at PT (I asked) and we don't have any at school, either.  I can't go sweat my butt off in the morning and then change into a summer dress and rock a sweaty pony tail all day.  And they're closed by the time I get out of work in the evening. 

The good news is this is what I'm most concerned about, not the injury itself.  I've been running almost 3 years and this is the first injury I've had.  Not too bad.  I consider myself lucky so far.  Since it's muscular I figure it's gotta be fixable, or at least more fixable than a broken bone.
Here's my hubby and me hammin' in up for a pic at last night's Tiger game :)  We didn't win, but that super rope around my next was DEEE-licious!

I'll live.  And I'm not too crabby yet :)  First step: get muscle pain in my butt to go away when I walk.  That's a priority.  In the meantime, I'm keeping my head up and not getting too crabby.


  1. Wow, 2 hours 3x a week? That is intense. Is it going to cost you an arm and a leg?

  2. Do you follow Terzah at BQ by 40? She has recently been dealing with the same issue and posting alot about it. I've had SI issues for the past 5 years, they are no fun, and will cause issues from time to time, but they are manageable. Hope you are feeling better soon!

  3. awh booo injury!!! Hope you're back up and running (haha! get it? I'm hilarious) in no time. When I can't get a shower, I usually take baby wipes or wet-ones (or some kind of antibacterial wipe) to clean up. And extra perfume ;)