Monday, April 23, 2007

When the Provider Becomes the Patient--Part 2

The orthopedist called my family practice doc, Dr. H, this afternoon. He said that the MRI revealed a labral tear of my left hip. It is analygous to torn cartilege in the knee. Apparently these are fairly common, and sometimes they are not at all painful (I wish!). Treatment for them is symptom driven. The next step, if it doesn't get better spontaneously with rest and pain control, is an x-ray or ultrasound guided steroid injection into the hip. If that fails, then arthroscopy of the hip to remove torn labrum. Both of these would mean travel to Anchorage.

But first, rest and healing. If it is not better in two weeks, then I will consider the next step. Dr. H and I discussed a treatment plan, which will include regular visits from my wonderful body worker Anna, who is a physical therapist as well as a myofascial release worker and masseuse. I'll do everything I can to help this injury heal as quickly as possible.
Photo of Bethel sunset, 9:04 pm mid-April, by The Tundra PA.



Blogger Kyle said...

At least you have a diagnosis! Now, go hither to the rest and healing! =)

Tuesday, April 24, 2007 4:59:00 AM  
Blogger #1 Dinosaur said...

Repeating previous sentiments: best of luck for a complete and total healing.

Rest: what a concept! Is it as difficult for you to do "nothing" as it is for me?

Tuesday, April 24, 2007 1:31:00 PM  
Blogger TheTundraPA said...

Kyle and Dr. Dino--thanks for the admonitions to rest. Yes, that is hard for me to do, and it is what I need. A new shipment of books from Amazon should help, along with stabbing "reminders" when I try to move too quickly. I am on extended illness leave for the next one to two weeks; hopefully this will resolve itself peacefully in that length of time.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007 4:36:00 PM  
Blogger SeaSpray said...

Hi Tundra PA-I do hope that you rest, enjoy your new books and are soon on the mend and able to all those things you love to do. :)

What a beautiful picture! Maybe someday we will see these pics in a book that you have written about your life up there. :)

Tuesday, April 24, 2007 9:40:00 PM  
Blogger TheTundraPA said...

SeaSpray--thanks for your good wishes. I'm trying to follow doctor's orders!

A book is actually something I'm thinking about. You are not the first to suggest it; Dr. Dino at Musings of a Dinosaur and Dr. Peg at Pegspot have also recommended it. Thanks for your vote of confidence!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007 5:24:00 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

I wish you the best of luck too. I have a similar problem in one of my knees, so I feel for your plight. I am not so remote though; the prospect of needing surgery can be daunting.

Thursday, April 26, 2007 3:38:00 PM  
Blogger SeaSpray said...

Hi Tundra PA-I have heard it said that if you get a confirmation from 3 different sources that it is meant to be. :)

Thursday, April 26, 2007 7:38:00 PM  

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