A short update with the verdict from today's visit with the orthopedist.
First, I liked him. Straight shooter; dry sense of humor; understands athletes. My kind of guy.
We talked through all my symptoms and issues; he looked at the last couple of scans. He did some manipulation maneuvers on my knee and shin. Then he broke it down for me ever so gently:
"Your hip is destroyed; use it till you can't".
"Meaning it is what it is. But until it really interferes with your normal daily activities, it is not time to replace it. You'll know."
(Love that he believes that swimming, biking, running, trying to get in 10,000 steps per day, etc are my "normal" daily activities.)
"What about Ironman this year?"
"Go for it".
So what about the knee/shin pain? He doesn't think there is any thing wrong with my knee (based on what he did to check it). He doubts it is a stress fracture, but we are looking in to that.
He thinks it might be a pinched nerve in my back.
"You'd be surprised."
So he set me up for an MRI to rule out or in a stress fracture. (He said if it was a stress fracture, IM was out.), but he really doesn't think that is the problem.
The pinched nerve is a new potential diagnosis. Don't really have back pain; some nagging now and then, but my back is not something I generally complain about.
The MRI took about 30 minutes; I'll have the results of that soon. Assuming it is not a stress fracture, I'll go to see a back guy and we'll go from there.
So, while that fat lady might be itchy to sing her song, this fit lady is itching to get to the bottom of this and then back to training.
Have a nice weekend, everyone.