|Yeah, I could even make this girl dizzy! (source)|
Why try this route first? Well, here are some things that bother me about the injection....
- The doctor was super quick to recommend this during my 1st visit, even though he really had no idea what was wrong. Really? Is this type of injection a "cure-all"? What about PT? What about getting to the root of the problem? What about preventing it in the future? Although I will say, when researching the injections, it seems that people have the mentality, "Hey, something hurts? Go get an injection!" No biggie!
- The doctor made it seem as if there would be no pain after the procedure. Everyone I spoke to who had a similar injection said that I would be very achy afterwards. Hmmm, you'd think the doctor would mention that. Then again, this wasn't mentioned before the MRI either.
- When I asked about the negative side effects of the injection, the doctor only told me that since the hip would no longer hurt, I might be tempted to overdo it. He also said that he had trouble sleeping the day of the injection. I asked if it was because of the pain. He said no, there was no pain. Instead, it was because of the feeling of euphoria after using Kenalog. He just did not feel tired and it was difficult for him to be still long enough to sleep. He also mentioned the minute risk of infection. He never mentioned things like avascular necrosis, issues with the menstrual cycle (sorry guys!), atrophy at the injection site, etc. I am sure these side effects are rare, but jeeze, it surely makes you re-think messing with this stuff!
- The feedback I've received from friends who have had similar injections is about 50/50. The injections seem to work on some, but not on others. In fact, a few people felt worse after the injection.
I mentioned earlier that I had started taking Glucosamine, so today is the 6th day of taking that. Thanks to June's recommendation, I have also started taking fish oil. Next, I am going to try some gentle stretching and some strengthening exercises for my glutes. After the 1st MRI, Chiro #1 mentioned that my glutes were, well, pretty weak. Yeah, I kinda figured that. Just looking in the mirror while wearing a swimsuit could tell me that. Strengthening the glutes will help give my hips more support which will hopefully help me get back to doing the activities that I love.
If this does not seem to help? Well, then I will reconsider the injection. Keep your fingers crossed!