Back and Recovering

Oh my God, I’m back again!

Throwback Backstreet Boys…I had to.

So, I took about a month off from my blog for a combination of reasons. The last few weeks of the semester were super stressful with finals, traveling home and back for Thanksgiving and getting sick in between. I really had to focus on school and getting everything finished before I came home for winter break. The good news–I am halfway through my senior year, which just blows my mind. It also makes me sad at the same time, especially because in less than six months I’ll be entering the “real” world as an “adult” and last week someone told me I looked like I was 16. The bad news–I haven’t been able to run for the past two weeks.

Yeah…that’s probably the most depressing sentence I’ve had to type in a long time. Here’s what happened: I was out on a long run and thought my right hip was feeling a little off, but I tend to ignore pain or illness in the hopes that it will go away on its own, by chance. Well, the pain didn’t go away, in fact it got much worse. Not only could I not run without feeling a shooting pain in my hip, but I would feel it if I sat or laid down for too long (three hour classes were torture). Even after taking a few days off and only doing weights, the pain was still there. I would limp around feeling like I was 80 years old. Icing and stretching didn’t do much either–it was beyond frustrating :(

I called my mom yesterday nearly in tears and explained why I had to see the doctor today. Luckily, I was able to get an appointment early this morning and explained to my doctor why she had to fix me ASAP or I may lose my mind. The diagnosis is…trochanteric bursitis.

Yeah, clears things up, right? Fortunately, it’s actually not horrible and should be easily treated. Here’s a better explanation than I could give:

What is trochanteric bursitis?

Trochanteric bursitis is inflammation of the bursa (fluid-filled sac near a joint) at the outside (lateral) point of the hip known as the greater trochanter. When this bursa becomes irritated or inflamed, it causes pain in the hip. This is a common cause of hip pain (Cleveland Clinic).

Common symptoms:

  • Pain on the outside of the hip and thigh or in the buttock.
  • Pain when lying on the affected side.
  • Pain when you press in on the outside of the hip.
  • Pain that gets worse during activities such as getting up from a deep chair or getting out of a car.
  • Pain with walking up stairs.

hip_trochburs_intro01 trochanteric bursitis pain pattern. MendMeShop TM  ©2012

 

Long story, short–my doctor is 90% sure that the amount I run caused the fluid in my hip to build up. I have to take an anti-inflammatory for the next week and try to get back to my normal activity level. Fingers crossed that the pain will go away for the most part. I’ll keep you posted!

Lastly, I came home to the cutest little plaque for placing 2nd in my age group at the Hot Chocolate 5k last month. You can read about it here.

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Made me smile.

 

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