Thursday, January 26, 2012

Pelvis Woes

Had a little unintended blog hiatus for a few weeks... but I'm back!

I've been seeing this chiropractor for a couple of weeks, and I'm feeling cautiously optimistic.

He took some pelvic X-rays and is working on fixing the rotation of my pelvis that's leading to all of these right-side injuries.

Interesting pelvic X-ray sidenote:  Did you know that X-rays have the image of soft-tissue as well as bone?  I guess I never realized that, until my lady bits were on display in high-res on Mr. Chiro's computer screen.  Yikes.  Hello flabias, I haven't seen you since this morning.

Anyway.  Here's the gist of my diagnosis, and now that I'm thinking about drawing this, I should've just asked for a copy of the X-ray.

Here's the front view of a normal lady pelvis:


See those two little holes on each side of the bottom?  My X-ray doesn't look like this.  The left side looks normal, but the right side has an appearance of having a small slit instead of a hole because it's tilted so far forward (or backward, I don't really pay attention).

So this is making my right leg longer, and it's causing all of the issues I've been having (minus the lightening bolt pubic hair, that's only in my dreams.)

Mr. Chiro also did a foot scan, and it showed that the arch on my left foot has dropped enough to cause mild overpronation, and I'm going to try out orthotics for this.  As soon as the inserts come in, I'm going to be cleared to try to run again.

Honestly, I'm worried that my long distance running days are over.  If he can't correct the pelvis alignment, there's just not any way I can run and not have constant, severe injuries.

I've not signed up for any races this year - except Ragnar... but that's only a couple of miles, right?  Should be fine.  :)  

I really felt touched (in a loving, mostly non-sexual way) by the emails I got from a few blogger friends  during my hiatus wondering if I'd jumped off a cliff.  Never fear, I've just been drinking heavily and crying all day spending some time away from the computer.  So, thanks for being awesome!


  1. Wow! It's great that you know exactly why things are the way they are with your running. I hope your long distance days aren't over though :( At least there's always Y classes! I'm pretty obsessed with them these days.

    I hope the orthodontics work. I over pronate pretty badly.

  2. Even though finding out EXACTLY what is causing these problems is good, man - what a bummer!

  3. You should get a copy of the X-ray so we can see your flabias. :)

  4. Hopefully he will be able to fix the problem and you WILL be able to run again!

  5. Noooooooo!!!!!! This is not good. Hopefully it can get fixed. I actually have a similar problem only on then opposite side. I fear I will always fight it. Bummer. Running blows.

  6. It's good to have a diagnosis. Maybe it's fixable. We have to get you to do our ultimate ultra somehow.

  7. I need to catch up on here since your blog seems to be one of my favorites. I'm so bad about reading blogs lately but glad to be reading today. You sound like you have similar issues as me and my crooked tilted whatever pelvic bone is causing my right leg to be way shorter and thus cause all of my other issues with my body. Good news is that I have a good chiropractor and I'm being taken care of. No fun when our bodies don't cooperate huh? Thinking of you!

  8. I have faith that you will back to running and kicking all of our booties!! Seems like you've finally found the root of all the problems :)

  9. So glad to see you back! I'm sorry about all the trouble you've been having. I pray your long distance running days are far from over!

  10. hi.

    if for some god-awful reason you can't run again, here's to hoping you can invent some kind of endorphin-producing-sport-that-mimicks-running that will include all of the following: drinking heavily, shaving lightning bolts into your pubes, swimming with flippers, and cream cheese.

  11. Eh. You had a spotlight on your lady business while 20 people looked on in the birthing room, who cares about seeing a little camel toe on X-ray ?

    Let's cry in a beer together soon, k?

  12. don't give up friend! hoping that this can be fixed and you can continue long distance running! thinking of you friend!

  13. So glad you figured out the problem and are working towards a solution!!!


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