Which is enough to guilt me into taking the extra minutes out of my day to report on my status.
On May 12, I had a follow-up appointment with my surgeon, Dr. Mayo. Two new sets of X-rays (and who knows how much radiation) later, I got two thumbs up for pelvic bone healing.
As far as the other issues I'm having, I didn't get any concrete answers. Dr. Mayo was very clear, however in saying -- as he has in the past -- that I will never have completely pain free hips. I've learned to accept that fact, mostly because experience has proven he's right.
This is what we talked about:
- Right hip burning in the "Captain Morgan" position. No progress has been made here, and Dr. Mayo said the culprit likely was the iliopsoas (ill-e-o-so-az) and the rectus femoris (one of the quad muscles). He put me on Celebrex for a month, with no change. Next step would be an injection into the muscle, but I'm not ready for that yet.
- Tailbone. This problem is getting much worse, and Dr. Mayo hooked me up with a new guy, another osteopathic doctor in pain anesthesiology. No great news to report since then, but more on this topic later.
- Hip care. From here on out, I'm supposed to steer clear of high-impact activity. Also, no squats, lunges or leg presses at an angle more than 70 degrees. No high resistance on a bike or elliptical unless I've built up my speed first. Dr. Mayo wants to see me again in two years to check up on things.