My first symptoms didn't occur until Christmas 2006 so I wasn't ready to rush into anything. Plus, my wife just had our third child so I wanted to make sure all was well at home before heading under the knife. This is my first surgery and I'm definitely worried that I'm doing the right thing. What I know is that I cannot run without pain. That is a significant downer. I am able to cross train on the bike and the elliptical but I'm going out of my mind from boredom. Lately, it's been bothering me while I walk. It certainly doesn't prevent me from walking but it's a constant presence, a mild discomfort. I suppose in some ways that's a sign that the surgery is the right answer. Meyers told me I was a perfect candidate given my MRI and that I need the adductor release too. That part really worries me. I don't like cutting my adductors. I worry about long term consequences of that. So I'm grappling with it alot. Do you know of any other resources to research this?
OK. So it was your decision to wait until June. Got it. I thought it suddenly took a really long time to schedule surgery with Meyers.
I can't really help you with the long term implications for an adductor release, as I didn't have the procedure. And what do you mean by long term? I'm 42, so the way I look at it is this: I clearly could not continue running in the state I was in by Jan 2007. Now I'm running again, and if Meyers bought me even 3-5 years of running it was worth it to me. I'm sure something else will go wrong by my late 40s, as running is simply brutal on the body when doen in relatively high volume and high intensity.
I know someday I'll have to give it up. But, thanks to Bill Meyers that did not come at 42.
I wouldn't worry too much about long term implications. If you can afford the procedure and it's important to you to get back into running, it's worth it.