Last year, sometime in September, I was just running across the road to my neighbor’s house when bam! I felt a huge pain in my right hip! I thought that maybe I just tweaked it or something, so I kept putting pressure on it. But it kept getting worse. I finally made it to my neighbor’s house, but as we headed for the backyard, I could not walk anymore.

I told them that my right hip started to hurt out of nowhere. I tried to get up, but my hip did not agree. I was in so much pain that I could only move my head and shoulders.

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I hopped for the next three days until my mom decided to get me crutches and take me to our doctor. We arrived at our doctor appointment on crutches. The doctor sent me to a specialist, but they still could not find out what was wrong with me. After a few months on crutches, we went to the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. My doctor thought it was rheumatoid arthritis because there was inflammation on both hips and there was an old tear on my left hip. I was told to go to physical therapy until it stopped hurting. I was upset because my favorite thing to do is run and I had to sit there every day and watch everyone do the thing I loved to do. It was a really rough time for me.

Another month later, I got lidocaine and steroid injections. The doctor said it should take a day or two to start feeling a decrease in pain, but I kept feeling worse. I had been to four different doctors and they couldn’t figure out what was wrong. In total, it had been seven months on crutches and nine months in all before I was cleared to play. That was the entire school year, so I got a total of about three weeks of playing time for that year. But wait, it is not quite over yet.

The doctors never found out what was wrong with me until the pain in my right hip came back again. We decided to go to a different doctor this time and he actually found out what it was and treated me. It was bursitis. Bursitis is an inflammation of a bursa, typically one in the knee, elbow or shoulder. So this school year hasn’t been so bad like it was last year. I am currently back to my normal self again, playing and running like old times. Now let’s hope it doesn’t come back next year.