Let me tell you what’s not fun…. a hip arthrogram followed by an MRI.
In August I had this procedure to allow my doctor to gain a better understanding about what was causing the pain in my hip. In short, under x-ray, a radiologist injects 20mL worth of dye (with some steroid) directly into the hip joint.
I was then led down the hallway into the MRI room, where I was subjected to some bad jazz, which could barely be heard over the sounds of the imaging machine.
Close quarters? You bet.
Stressful due to claustrophia? A little.
Dull ache caused by injection? Yup.
Overall…. not the most fun I’ve had on a Tuesday morning but we did determine that although there is a small tear in the labrum, the ortho thinks its asymptomatic. That’s the good news.
The bad news? It still hurts. We’re currently going with a diagnosis of severe inflammation of the illiopsoas and treating with continued physical therapy, light weight work for strengthening, anti-inflammation drugs and aqua physical therapy.
With my 2014 Boston confirmation coming in recently, this has me more focused to further my progress with this thing. Here’s to getting over a bad hip and getting back out on the roads & in the woods!
An odd thing to read….. “You were injected today with:”
Got the cortisone shot into my hip flexor under X-ray. Hoping it will allow for inflammation to go down to promote healing.
My long awaited finisher’s certificate arrived recently. I celebrated by heading out on my longest run since May… 4.0 miles on the beach. It was a beautiful night with a dramatic sunset - a run that I’ll remember for a long time.
After months of waiting and wondering whether I’d have the opportunity to run the 2014 Boston, I finally received confirmation that my 2:27 under qualification time made the cut by a mere 49 seconds.
After the events of this past spring, this is an important event for me and I can’t wait to toe the starting line next April 21st in Hopkinton.
I’m not sure I could be more impressed with the Boston Athletic Association.
Just registered for Boston. Hope my -2:27 under qualification time is good enough…. should know soon.
I’m going to take it as a good sign from the universe that the 2014 Boston Marathon Registration Dates & Field Size announcement coincides with my long-awaited appointment with a hip specialist to review my MRI results.
In other news, calendar is marked for Monday September 16, 2013 at 10AM.
Earlier this summer, a wonderful young woman named Ryann Tufts from Gateways Community Services interviewed me about my experiences running the Boston and Big Sur Marathons, as well as to hear about my family’s experiences with Gateways. The interview was included in their Summer 2013 newsletter and I thought I’d republish it here.
If you contributed to my fundraising campaign this year - a huge and sincere thank you! I’m proud to announce that I will be fundraising again for Gateways in 2014 and hope you will be able to consider supporting me again.
"Tom was at a restaurant, just about to celebrate finishing the world famous Boston Marathon when it happened; two bombs went off at the finish line of the marathon. “I was astounded by the event,” said Tom. Thankfully Tom, his friends, and his family made it home safely that day.
Tom Barry, 35, ran the 2013 Boston Marathon in support of Gateways Community Services; this was Tom’s first Boston Marathon and it certainly will not be his last. He qualified for next year’s race and will be running in support of Gateways again in 2014.
Tom is really looking forward to next year’s Marathon and would not miss it for the world. This year, Tom was a part of the Boston to Big Sur Marathon challenge where runners participated in the Boston Marathon and two weeks later, ran the Big Sur International Marathon in California. He trained six days a week for four months. The training was intense and this year’s weather did not help. “It really helped in my training knowing there was more to it than simply finishing,” said Tom, referring to his Gateways fundraising efforts. He made it through and finished the Boston and Big Sur Marathons.
Tom chose to donate to Gateways because his brother, Greg, is on the autism spectrum and has received services for over 20 years. Barbara, Tom and Greg’s mother, was thrilled that Tom chose to donate to Gateways. “Gateways has a special place in our lives,” said Barbara. “It is a worthwhile cause.”
Following in the footsteps of his brother, Greg recently took home two medals for swimming events in the 2013 New Hampshire Summer Special Olympics. “I’m not sure who is prouder of who,” said Tom.
In the end, Tom raised over $5,000 for Gateways and next year he hopes to raise even more. “Sometimes the world is crazy and we all need help. I am pleased that there are organizations like Gateways that really do help,” said Tom.
Even in the midst of the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings, nothing is stopping Tom from returning next year to run again. For many people, the one year anniversary will be bittersweet, but for Tom and those Gateways serves, marathon day will remind everyone that there is much good in this world.”
Knee x-rays: Negative
Hip x-rays: Mixed results
Hip MRI: next week
Not getting very good ‘grades’ from my PT on a recent scorecard….
- Took time off running, didn’t help, has pain with eccentric quad movements and bending knee if it has been stationary for a while.
- Tried to run a few weeks ago and reported “knee cap felt out of place”
- Weak with eccentric quad exs in clinic, very tight hip flexors and ITB which are now much better
- Thomas test off end of table is very uncomfortable in lateral quad tendon and stretch/pain reported even without applying manual quad stretch
-*** Palpable nodule on distal lateral quad tendon…really unsure what this is anatomically but this is the “hot spot” where he feels severe pain ***
Has not had any imaging or diagnostics at this point, was sent to me with dx of ITB syndrome but I think there is more going on.
This is pretty awesome and pretty spot on with some of the reasons I run.
Three months ago today I ran my first Boston. I’ve been meaning to spend some time writing up my pre-race, in-race and post-race experience before it’s too far gone, but last night instead of writing, I was down in the basement looking through old boxes and found an old journal entry from the year 2000 that contained a list of things I’d like to accomplish.
I’ve blurred a bunch of personal goals out for public consumption, but I was surprised to see that I was thinking about marathoning that long ago and am happy to have completed three marathons (2012 & 2013) and the entire Long Trail (1999 & 2004).
Let’s keep the hits comin’.