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Thursday, June 21, 2012

The verdict is in!

I can run! But only because my PT has decided that I'm incurable. The pain remains no matter what, my gait and muscle strength are basically normal, and there just aren't that many more things we can try. He actually referred me to another physician who has tried aggressive therapies on osteitis pubis before, but I couldn't get an appointment for three more weeks thanks to my demanding schedule. Until then, I'm not hurting anything by running on it, so I can do as I please.

The treatments we're thinking about include steroid injection, phonophoresis (steroid cream applied by ultrasound), and PRP injection (platelet-rich plasma: your own platelets re-injected in concentrated form to improve healing). The goal is to calm and heal the area of inflammation. It's so sensitive right now that everything aggravates it: just doing my PT exercises cause a reaction.

I'm willing to try more treatments if needed, but I am still wondering why I was never given an oral anti-inflammatory. In my opinion that should be first-line. I don't dare start popping OTC ibuprofen for fear of GI bleeding, but a prescription for meloxicam sure would be nice.
The doc I will be going to, by the way, treated a Saints punter with this condition (and successfully, I may add), so that's kind of cool!


  1. Yay for running! Boo for incurable! That's great that you have a good new doc to see though, especially since he has experience. I avoid ibuprofen too, especially since my GI area is so cranky anyway. :)

    Hope your run was fun and you felt ok! Oh, and the pics with your Godkids are great. They are BEAUTIFUL! :)

  2. Glad you have the green light, but it sure would be nice to be pain free.

  3. I am happy you have the blessing to go run! Sorry it isn't getting better. But sounds like you have certainly found the right doctor to help you along. Enjoy that first run back!

  4. Glad you are back to running now but I know it would be much more enjoyable if it was pain-free. The new doc sounds like he knows what he's doing so I'm sure you will get this issue resolved once and for all.

  5. Bummer that your condition might not be curable, but at least you know that you can run now. I hope you are able to keep the pain at bay in the future.

  6. that verdict worries me...I think I MAY have that same problem... but I am not sure
    I have pain in the groin...and it hurts towards the middle where the bone is. It is not super sharp and I kind of can run but I feel the pain during the whole run...when I walk I am ok. I am not sure what it is. It's been 3.5 weeks. I have iced and rested extra days..does not help. I need to see a Dr or PT...anyway enough about me. I am happy you have the ok to run. Hope this other Dr will help you!

  7. Sucks about the pain, but I am glad you are able to run again!