My second opinion went just about as good as I could have hoped it to have gone.
The “TLDR” version is that this doctor has no concerns that my stress fracture hasn’t healed. That issue is basically no longer an issue we need to be worried about.
So, what’s with my off-and-on knee pain then?
He suspects I have “runner’s knee” — the clinical term being patellar femoral pain — which may be due to mechanics of leg strength and improper muscle activity. AKA, my body has not been running for nearly a year and now my muscles are all out of wack leading me to have this knee cap area pain.
“You’ll be running again. I’m not here to tell you, you will never run,” The doctor said, adding that my cartilage and meniscus look great.
Hearing this was such a relief. It sounds cliche, but it felt like a big weight was lifted off my shoulders. The unknowing-ness of what was going on with my knee for the past several months was making me annoyed and anxious and angry.
Now I do not need to get a third MRI (that the first doctor recommended).
I kind of wish I had gone for a second opinion sooner but c’est la vie. It is what it is.
I was lucky to snag a cancellation PT appointment tomorrow so at least my comeback journey can begin soon. And, this doctor I saw is a sports med doc so I got a referral to one of the “good physical therapists” who works with a lot of runners.
There’s no concrete timeline on when I can actually lace up the running shoes again. It all sort of depend on how PT goes.
But, that’s OK.
I’m so, so ready and really, really hopeful.