Forest Road Hike

Hike Distance: 9.4 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1384.0 miles

Elevation Gain: 1266 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 183322 feet

It rained, then stopped, then started, etc…etc…!  It was definitely too warm for rain wear but we kept it on for the starting and stopping that occurred throughout the hike.

We’re back to walking forest roads but need to watch out for hunters this time of year.  Nobody was seen on the roads during the entire day!  The highlight of the day was the few stretches of road with complete canopy cover.  Unfortunately, no animals were seen today.

The SI joint in my back has started hurting me again and I’m frustrated with the return of pain.  I had a good solid month with no back pain but then it crept back upon me gradually until it became an issue, again.  I just saw my orthopedist and he wants me to have a pair of shoes modified so that I can increase the leg lifts to possibly fully compensate for the entire 18mm of hip height difference.  The current 9mm leg lift height has reduced my original hip height difference from 18mm down to 8mm, but that doesn’t appear to be enough to eliminate the pain. 😦

If the leg lifts can’t eliminate my SI joint pain then I will need to possibly try an experimental therapy called prolotherapy, which injects saline solution into the SI joint.  It’s not covered by insurance so my orthopedist wants to use leg lifts to fully compensate for my hip height difference.  It turns out that only about 10% of his patients don’t fully respond to the amount of leg lift compensation I’m currently using.  I guess I’m not very fortunate when it comes to this issue, and it’s definitely been a rather depressing outcome, at this point. 😦  I can still hike, and have no restrictions, but must deal with the pain that has returned.  We’ll see what the future holds, but I’m not very optimistic at this point, but there is still some hope for a better outcome.