Sunday, March 22, 2015

I Think I Shattered My Hip

Okay, that's a tad bit of an exaggeration ... but here's what happened.  Per my last few posts, I've been dealing with some Bursitis in my left hip.  It was gradually getting better thanks to repeated icing and some NSAID's, and I had actually broken the ice/med cycle for a couple of days.

I had a 17 mile easy run scheduled for Saturday, which I ran.  Up until about mile 10, my hip was really tight ... not painful, but it just wouldn't hinge freely.  But at about mile 10.5 I stopped and stretched my IT Band and Glute, and it felt great for about two miles.  However, that's when the shattered hip took place.

For some reason, there was a small, 16" diameter, wire hoop hidden in the grass next to the sidewalk ... but to me, it might as well have been one of those foot-nooses you see in Jungle movie scenes.  Ya know ... the one where you step in it, it closes around your foot, then triggers a giant tree branch, that  lasso's you up like a steer in a rodeo and leaves you suspended by one leg, upside down in the jungle until the headhunters can come and boil you in a giant black pot with bongo drums playing in the distance.

When my foot hit the runner-trap, I tripped and landed ... LEFT HIP FIRST ... on the concrete sidewalk.  It was in front of Red Lobster, near a busy intersection at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, with about 631 cars sitting at the traffic light.  So, even though it hurt like a banshee, I got up immediately, thoroughly embarrassed, started laughing at myself, and kept running.  But after I'd escaped the view of the undoubtedly entertained and amused drivers, I noticed my left arm and knee were bleeding a little, my glove on my right hand was torn from where I'd tried to break my fall, and my left hip was aching.

With adrenaline pumping from the run, I finished in great shape and felt good about the pace.  But later that day, when my heart rate began to normal out, the pain in my hip really set in.  There were a couple of scrapes where the skin was broken, directly at the top of my Femur on my left hip ... in the exact spot where I'd been experiencing the Bursitis.  And now a day later, I've got a 5" bruise over the area.

I tried to run this morning, but it freaking killed!  So I started the ice and Ibuprofen again.  Hopefully I didn't do any damage, but I can't tell right now if it's the Bursitis or bruise that hurts worse.  Monday is an off day for me, so the rest will probably do it good.  I'll test it Tuesday, but if it hurts to run, I'll probably take another day off.

So that's the hip saga.  I don't really have a lot of injuries generally, but I'm having a hard time putting this hip thing behind me.  I'll keep you updated as  you're obviously hanging on every word about my hip health, ha.  Have a great week!
... Be Great Today!


  1. Ouch, that sounds painful. I've been constantly dealing with a bad left hip going on 2 years so I literally feel your pain. You may want to try the following things if you can't shake it...DMSO from Jacob's lab; a cortisone shot right in that bursa; astym therapy, acupuncture and my "secret" weapon Zheng Gu Shui which a Chinese medicine that's great at combating inflammation anywhere. If it's just bursitis, I bet a cortisone shot would do the trick.

  2. that sounds painful, not to mention having to do the trip in front of all those people! I hope it heals up fast and you are back to running pain free soon,

  3. Ugh, what are the chances? The funny (or not-funny) thing is that this weekend I, too, fell and landed hard on my hip - right hip, the one on which I just had surgery. We're klutzy hurt-hip twins.
    Maybe this is a subtle message to keep up the icing!

  4. ouch!!! I hope you heal quickly!

  5. I never fall or trip unless there are a ton of people around! Sorry about the fall, hope it is nothing serious!

  6. OMG, that sucks!! My husband tripped over the exact same sort of thing last year!! And, not to sound like the voice of doom or anything, but he had been dealing with a tight hip prior to the fall and it turned out that he tore one of his hip flexors from the impact. :( Please, please go easy and see your doctor soon if it takes longer to heal than a regular bruise.

  7. I shouldn't laugh but I can just see you getting up and casually trying to pretend that nothing happened. I hope that it's just the bruise that's hurting and you haven't made the bursitis flare up. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for you.

  8. Ugh at least there weren't 362 cars, THAT would have made it worse! glad you are on the mend!


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