Crappy genes

We made it to San Francisco yesterday and no one died. That is a miracle in itself between traffic and bipolar weather. We left sunny, blue skies in Monterey, went into the fog then rain then pouring rain then sunny skies. It was actually kinda cool.

We got there around lunch time and the parking next to my doctors office was full so Mike pulled into a parking garage as I read a sign “permit parking only, all others will be towed.” Too late, we had to take a ticket to get past the gate to turn around. When we finally found the exit, the automated machine asked to insert our prepaid ticket. Uh, we were there for like 4 minutes and they wanted 3 bucks. You should have seen a grown man yell at a machine “how do I get outta here?” Sorry I laughed at you cowboy. Not really.


We found parking and asked a local for directions to the nearest restaurant. After pizza(!) we found a Starbucks and headed back to the car. I chilled out for a bit with my vanilla Americano to try and calm my nerves.

Anxiety level: high

Headache level: moderate

Coffee level: Juuuuuust right

We got to my appointment with plenty of time to spare which was really nice to just sit for a bit. Then they called us back and gave me this super hawt lingerie to rock. Don’t be jealous.


The Doctor came in and was just soooooo cool. He examined me and then we sat down at a table over his laptop and looked at all the MRI and X-rays and just talked to us. He explained that my hip actually has too much bone at the front part of my hip socket. Yup, I’ve got 4mm of extra bone people. #TWSS.

He went on to explain that because of that extra bone, I have an impingement of the little labrum on the inside of the socket. You could actually see a small bit of damage where the leg goes into my hip. It’s very small at this point, but it’s just gonna get worse if I want to keep running. Turns out, this is most likely genetic. My mom never ran, but has hip issues that showed up later in life. Crappy genes is all I ever get from her!

In true Jacqueline fashion, I asked a lot of questions and after trying my best to explore every other option. I asked him if I did nothing what would happen? He gave the best answer any doctor could ever give, he answered by asking a question, “how are your mom’s hips?” ……..I scheduled the surgery for next month.

I left there with some answers for the 1st time ever. But the most important question was answered: I WILL BE ABLE TO RUN AGAIN!! Which means I can’t wait to add to my Mizuno Wave Rider collection. Boom!


I’ll talk more about the surgery + expected recovery soon, but for now I’m going to harass Mike + Bam and get a refill on my Starbucks Christmas Blend coffee. <-get some STAT!

Has anyone else had hip issues?


Coffee lovers, what is your current favorite one?


17 Comments on “Crappy genes

  1. How crazy is this! I was born breach and my legs were out of the hip sockets. I’ve had hip issues forever and it sucks! I tried so hard to be a runner – last year it didnt’ bother me but this year I’ve had nothing but pain. Working on getting some mobility back in yoga and will try again next year! SO excited you found out what’s up though!

  2. I know that I am in pain sitting all day at work and the drive to and from work (hips and butt kill me). I know that when I run long distances my hips ache so bad. I don’t know why…. I was hoping for some direction with your journey πŸ™‚

  3. Yeah! Glad you got some answers! Good luck with it all and back to running! I can only imagine the frustration as I only just started running in last two years and this past summer had an overuse injury in my ankle and couldn’t progress any further. So disappointing. I’ve got goals for next summer though! And to try to run throughout the cold MN winters! (I hate treadmills!)

  4. Sorry to hear about the surgery, hope it eases your pain! My fave during the holidays is a Soy Peppermint Mocha, but only half of pumps whatever makes it so delicious πŸ™‚ xoxo, ganeeban

  5. Hope you get one relief from the surgery. I can sympathize with you on the hip pain. I’ve struggled with piriformis pain and IT band issues for years with no relief. Now it’s my knee from an old injury that happened over 35 years ago. Uncle Aurthur has really done a number on my body. My favorite holiday coffee is Starbucks Peppermint Mocha! By the way, so glad Bam is doing well! Wishing you a speedy recovery so you cn be back on the road again.

    • Thanks Chris. I hope you are on the mend as well soon. Bam is definitely back to his butt chewing self these days. πŸ™‚

  6. I wrote on your Instagram pictures but wanted to comment here as well. I have the exact same condition- FAI and a labrum tear in my hips. My right hip hurt so bad before surgery that I could barely run for a few months prior. But afterwards I was running at 10 weeks post op, and did a half marathon at 6 months post op (although I would advise you not to do that!!). My left hip hurt mostly in the groin but didn’t get too unbearable- but I just had surgery on that one 2.5 weeks ago. Things are going really well, I was actually nervous Before surgery #1 bc everything I have researched and blogs I’ve stumbled upon have been very scary and not good outcomes, but so far I’ve been doing really well. I just know that I need to take my time getting back to running distances, unlike last time. I’d say a year or more before running a half. πŸ˜‰ I would love to do a marathon someday, too! Anyways, let me know if you want to talk more! McGinnis.meredith@yahoo or I am MereD19 on Instagram!

    • Hi Meredith! Thank you so much for swinging by! Your story is so encouraging-I’m doing my best to NOT google this. Ha! Did you have arthroscopic surgery? I should have been more clear on my diagnosis, the labrum is in my doctors words “wrinkled” not torn, but will only get worse if I don’t do the surgery. Also because of it, a tiny cyst formed which is causing the burning pain. Fun stuff, uh?
      I am so happy to hear you’re doing well. It’s encouraging to hear a success story as I will likely have to have a second surgery to repair my right hip.

  7. Sometimes the answer you get is not the answer you want but it’s still better than sitting in the dark not knowing. Hope you’re feeling better soon!

  8. So sorry – but glad you have some answers finally!!
    I’ve had a stress fracture in both sides of my hips which sucked both times but fortunately didn’t require surgery.
    Hope everything goes well with your upcoming surgery!

  9. I had hip arthroscopy on Feb 14, 2013. I had two labral tears, bone fragments, wear on the tissue in general, and they had to reshape my joint. Recovery SUPER sucked–especially if you’re pathologically independent–but I was back to running in a couple months. My hip only occasionally aches now, mostly when I go without exercise for a few days in a row (!). There are always risks, but chances are you’ll feel so much better when it’s done.

    • Wow, you’ve been through a lot. I’m happy to hear it’s over. You had me laughing about being “pathologically independent” I can so relate.
      Thanks for the encouraging story. I am doing my best to not google about this. Ignorance is bliss, right? πŸ˜‰

      • Yeah–I’m also a librarian and by nature research ALL THE THINGS. Don’t do it. What they’re telling you is absolutely true in terms of what you can expect. Sure, some people have bad experiences and trust me–post-op is no picnic, but what’s the alternative? Also, forgive yourself if you aren’t walking like a grown up on the second day. Or the third. Not going to happen. remember, this is worse than a hip replacement. They’re reshaping bone. It hurts. But it gets better.

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