Injury Update…

Injury Update…

This morning before my doctor’s appointment I prayed that I would be ok with whatever the outcome might be. I prayed that the doctors would have wisdom to determine what was wrong and what treatment would be needed. My doctor decided to schedule me for an MRI which I had this afternoon. I was hoping that the MRI would be fine so that I could have an SI injection under fluoroscopy which would alleviate my lower back pain. Best case scenario- I have the shot, feel better and get to run Boston which is one week from today. Then I got the results from my MRI. Apparently, I have Bone Marrow Edema. My doctor explained what it is (it is not too common) and of course I googled it when I got home. “Bone marrow edema, or BME, is a protective reaction of the body in response to an injury or stress. Basically, it means there is fluid within the bone marrow. Edema, or the inflammation causing excess fluid in the bone marrow, is only a symptom. In order for this condition to be present, there must be an underlying cause. Bone marrow changes due to bone marrow edema can occur with incidences like fractures, a break in the continuity of the bone, etc.” So I have a “sacral stress fracture” which is a small break in the sacrum. (The sacrum is the large triangular bone that is the base of the spine and connects to the pelvis.) I’m not sure the extent of the stress fracture. I am meeting with the orthopedic doctor on Wednesday. Bottom Line- NO RUNNING (until it heals which could take months?). And this means- NO BOSTON. I do not have the words to describe how frustrating this is. I do not understand how or why this is happening right now. I have been running almost my entire life and I cannot count the number of races I’ve participated in. Of all of the races this is the one I have to miss??!! I just don’t have the words. I am trying to get past my immature selfishness and trust that there is a reason for all of this. I can’t focus on Boston right now. There is a bigger picture and I know I have to rest and heal. Oh, this is frustrating. I will ask the doctor on Wednesday what I can do until I can start running again. Swimming? Pilates? I know I need to work on strengthening my core… I will miss running. I guess that is all the news for now. Thanks for your prayers. Tia

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  1. You know, I didn’t want to say this in your last post because you seemed so ready to do Boston . . . but I wondered if maybe your SI joint flaring up was due to God wanting to protect you from further injury in Boston. It’s hard to know God’s plans, but I hope you have peace and rest and heal up! Sorry.

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