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I had the same shot you described in March and it lasted for 2 months. They told me that when I first got it, I would feel good for about a day or 2 and then when the numbing agent wore off, and before the steroid kicked in, I would be in pain again for a day or 2. That is exactly what happened to me. I then ran pain-free for 2 months. I wasn't running everyday
but every other day about 5 or 6 miles with my longest run being an 8 miler. Unfortunately, when the shot wore off, the pain returned with a vengeance. Probably just because I had allowed myself to believe that I might actually be healed! My doctor told me that he never does more than 2 shots in the hip and even if he gave me another shot, the chances were great that that one would last even less time than the first. He was honest from the beginning and said that the only way to heal a torn labrum is through surgery but he did the shot for pain-relief as well as for diagnostic purposes. He explained that some people can actually 'live' with a torn labrum and if the medication lasted for a greater period of time than just a few months-that would indicate that the pain was not from the tear, but from inflammation around the site. When the medication wore off, I really had no other options besides surgery. I could live in pain and not be able to runor I could have the surgery and hope to get back to some sort of running post-op.....My pain has subsided some since I haven't been running. The elyptical keeps me going and I'm trying to do some swimming this summer as well. Good luck. Sue
Sue- it's great to hear that the shot worked for you. I am on day 5 and am still in a great deal of pain- worse than before I had anything done. I'm praying that it will get better, and better and better, by next week.
Laura- all my best wishes to you! What kind of PT schedule are you on? And what exactly did you get done in surgery?
Hi all - I'm so interested in your stories because when I was going through this no one even knew what it was. Laura - Dr. Phillipon did my surgery as well. Now, if you're 5 months post op and not doing much, you need to talk to him again. I found that he was great as far as the surgery then kind of dropped the ball. You need a GREAT physical therapist. Are you doing lots of work in the water? I did a lot of my therapy in the water and it was really helpful. Also, I went to a sports medicine specialist in Buffalo, NY, and he did wonders for me. One thing he told me to do was walk different ways - forward, backwards, and sideways. I think that's what helped me the most. I would work up to running by doing things in 5 minute chunks. 4 minutes of walking forward, 1 minute of running. 4 minutes of walking backwards, 1 minute of running. 4 minutes of sideways walking, 1 minute of running. I would then ease into more running - 3 minutes walking/2 minutes running, etc. It really helped! If you'd like more info just let me know. Everyone else - good luck!!!!
Hi - I did walking both in and out of the pool. I started out in the water and I did other exercises in the water as well. One thing I did was have two kick boards and put them under my forearms and pedal my legs. The kickboards helped my stay up. It's hard to picture, I know. Anyways, after about 6 weeks I was mostly on land. It did take a long time with the walking/running until I was back to full running though.
What exactly did you have repaired? Was it just a debridement or other problems as well?
What would you say your timeline was...
e.g., 1 week of laying in bed, weeks 2-3 crutches, week 4 walking with pain + PT, week 5 walking with no pain plus PT, etc.
Thank you! Hope the recovery is going well... great advice.
Wow, reading these stories -- and especially that lengthy thread over at the other forum -- I must say I am very discouraged about my injury. (Labral tear diagnosed by MRArthrogram)
My hip has definitely taken a turn for the worse: when I was first diagnosed, I was still able to keep running, and things were great for two years. Now the pain is back, worse than before, and I think this is the end of my running. I cannot justify the cost of surgery, let alone the disruption to my work and family, for an operation that may not allow me to run again. Perhaps in a few years the procedure will be more common and the outcomes more predictable. I don't know what I am going to do: running, for me, was the only exercise that I have been able to stick with. I never thought I would say this, but I grew to love it.
In a couple of days, when I am not so sad, I will get out my skates (you see, I was a skater before I was a runner) and see how that affects my hip.
Sorry for the vent, and I do wish all the best to those of you who choose surgical treatment.
Jersey Girl - I had a tear that was sewn and stuff cleaned up. As far as my recovery, they had me ride a bike the DAY of my surgery. It wasn't for long - only to get things moving. My PT started two days later, and that was wimpy exercises. However, I needed them. I was on the CPM machine for 4 weeks, I think. A few hours a day, if I remember correctly. I rode a stationary bike every day/every other day for quite a while - I don't remember how long, though. (It's been 4 years since my surgery.) I was on two crutches for 2-3 weeks and one crutch for 2 weeks. I was in the water a week after surgery - some people do it sooner. Not swimming, but side stepping and bicycling my legs. As for when I started walking and running, it wasn't soon after surgery because I ended up starting back to running about 3 months after surgery then hit some snags. That's when I went to a sports medicine specialist and did the walking/running thing. If I knew then what I did now, that's how I would have started going back. My surgery doc told me to start running a half mile and then build from that. It would have been MUCH smarter to start with the walking/running combos right off the bat. I think I did that for 3 or 4 months, but after 3 months of that I also did some short runs and would then end with the walking/running stuff. It's been 4 years and I have done lots of races - some 10Ks and 4 half marathons. I'm training for my first marathon now and haven't encountered any problems. I know when to back off and still do my exercises sometimes and that helps. I think if you can find a good sports medicine specialist or great PT, then you'll have more success. At the time it seemed like FOREVER, so I understand. Just be patient and you'll notice the gains.
Thank you so much for your recent submission. You have given me hope. I am scheduled for surgery on August 16th and I have worried that my running days are behind me. I would love to be able to run a marathon again and although my surgeon has said he doesn't think I will be doing that(I have arthritic changes
and FAI as well as the tears-so he is going to shave down the bone as well as clean up the tear!)if I could run a 1/2 I would be thrilled. I have vacilated between being scared to death about this surgery and being optimistic. I had a friend who had this surgerytwice-the last time in Oct 2006 and she is still not running! That has scared me. I'm wondering if she has the impingement like I do. If she does, then from what I've read-unless you have that fixed, the labrum will be torn over and over. And Skatergirl I know what you mean about loving running. Running has been a part of my life for over 25 years. It has been my outlet as I have raised 4 children-especially with 3 of them being teenagers. It is killing me not to be able to run. I can't even look at My Runner's World right now! I have run with friends for yearsand right now I miss our early morning chats. My advice to you is to find a way to have this surgery. I'm not sure where you live but there is a hospital in NY called Hospital for Special Surgery that is supposed to work 'miracles' on people with hip issues. If you don't have insurance-find out what options you may have. I am having it done at MGH in Boston by Dr. Asnis who trained at that NY Hospital. I have a great physical therapist who has encouraged me and understands that I plan to get back to running after the surgery. In the meantime, I am able to do the eliptical and I do upper body work at the gym. Also, Pilates can be done as well. Don't give up. Sue
Remember too that there will never be a perfect time to do something. I am having this surgery in August
right before I take 2 children back to collegeone for the first time. And I am a school nurse so I am planning to be back at work on August 28th! I am having the surgery on August 16th. And I do think if you have the surgery with a good surgeon and follow up with a good PT-you will be running again. I wouldn't be having this surgery if I didn't believe that. I hope you make the right decision. Sue
HI. I am 5 weeks post labral debridement and I have seen the rehab will be longer than I thought. I am a PT and still took a long time to be diagnosed correctly with an arthrogram MRI. My core and back have been affected quite a bit because of my contracted psoas, hip adductors, and hip flexors, they are still very stubborn to lengthen, but I am noticing small gains. I wondered how other people have seen these muscles respond during rehab and what if anything was most helpful. I do a great deal in the water and still feel best in the pool, walking on land is still not where I thought I would be at this time. Did anyone experience quite a bit of noise/crepitus with external rotation stretching postop? Any hopeful/useful tips for rehab would be appreciated. Thanks, Ann
I'm only 3 weeks post-op and it's a little early to say if I'm doing good. I noticed that I have a clicking noise in my hip that I didn't have prior to the operation. Have anyone else noticed that and is it something that will go away? My lower back and gluteus medius are tiring out easily. I'm walking without crutches now but I'm limiting how much I walk.
I am 7 weeks post op and I am experiencing alot of the same problems that you are. I just got off of the crutches a few days ago but am still struggling with the walking and even sitting.
I had a followup today and the doctor said that some of my pain might be from the tendonitis that I developed from going undiagnosised for almost 2 years.
Are you getting sharp stabbing pains every other day in the joint? I am getting them and the doctor said that it is the break up scar tissue.
I was thrilled when a colleague sent me this post and I read other people describe my symptoms! It's so rewarding to feel like perhaps I'm not just inventing things in my head. Two and a half years of the pain/misdiagnosis/PT/pain/deciding-to-live-with-it/pain/deciding to deal with it/PT cycle has gotten old. After getting an MRI arthogram my local doctor in Wash, DC says that it and my symptoms suggest a bone impingement and small labral tear. I have been referred to Dr. Kelly in NYC.
I have continued my triathlon training, but have become less enthusiastic due to the fact that I know that standing up and those first few steps, as well as the constant aggravated feeling are going to make me pay. It's now uncomfortable to have my legs tucked up on a sofa, or curl up in bed - my hip starts feeling sort of cramped. Have others felt that?
Anyway, because my local doctor is only saying that the MRI and my symptoms "suggest" a tear, I'm still hesitant and unsure about it. I'm writing to ask you all - what are the questions that I need to ask the doctor?
And any personal experiences with Dr. Kelly to share? It was great seeing his name on one of the posts from awhile back, but otherwise I don't know a thing about him.
Thanks for sharing all of your experiences and suggestions.
i think the dr told you it "suggested" a labral tear, because he needs to consult a surgeon. my dr would not outright say it until i met with the surgeon. if you are in the middle of training for a specific triathalon, you could probably ask about a cortisone shot. that can minimize pain and symptoms temporarily, but in most cases surgery is the only answer. just make sure to get a lot of information about any anatomical things they will need to fix along w the tear (ie your impingement), bc you want to fix the root of the problem or it will just tear again
i think this thread as well as the one on runner's world about arthroscopy have some testimonials from patients of dr kelley