Picked up my MRI results today. Why is it that the medical profession try to keep you from finding out what's going on in your body by sealing everything up tight and marking it, "Confidential. To be opened by referring doctor"?
I don't think so. If I pay a fortune to have a scan done I'm opening the results. So, taking no notice of aforementioned sticker, I tore the big envelope open to have a look.
FINDINGS: No oedema in the femoral head/neck. No oedema in the proximal femur. There is a tiny amount of hip fluid on both sides. No oedema in the muscle but there is substantial oedema at the hamstring tendon origin bilaterally moderate on the right and moderated to severe on the left in keeping with the suspected diagnosis of tendinosis at this site.
That's the whole shebang. It's less than was written last time I had an MRI for the same injury (2011), which I'm hoping is a good thing.
From these results Dr Kuah will determine if I need PRP injections in one or both legs next week. I don't care either way - I just want to be fixed.
Things are definitely improving, which is making me very pleased I followed the instructions of Brent and Dr Kuah (well, almost all of them. I did do a couple of runs when I shouldn't have but overall I have been incredibly compliant).
I had my longest run since November on Sunday - 72 minutes. I have no idea what pace I was running or how far I went because I have hidden Greta (Garmin) in the cupboard until I am running properly again. I have no pain up under my sit bones now, although I'm pretty sure if I started to push things to quickly I'd break again. It doesn't feel quite stable, although it's definitely feeling stronger.
I'm developing more muscle on my butt, which I need if I'm going to avoid this happening again. My Mum called me laughing hysterically the other day while she was watching Serena Williams in the Australian Open. Apparently she and Dad were trying to imagine me with a bum like Serena's. Serena's an incredibly powerful, muscular and fit woman and I really admire her, but somehow I can't see myself getting a booty like her, no matter how many butt exercises I do.
Had a massage today. Michael said my body was in the best condition he's ever seen it - not in athletic/race-fit terms but in terms of how tight and stretched/stressed everything is (or in today's case, isn't). I guess the body might be benefitting a bit from having some time away from strenuous training.
It better not get used to it because I'm getting back to training as soon as I'm given the go ahead. 2013 isn't going to be a dead loss if I have anything to do with it.