lowrez: belated congrats on the towpath run and the report!
Update on my stress fracture: much to my surprise I have found an orthopaedic surgeon in the NHS who appears to understand that people who get stress fractures from running (as an overuse injury, not due to osteoporosis) are also people who find it very hard to stop running for a period of some weeks. However, I have agreed to do so. I am off the crutches, allowed to walk ("not long distances") and to swim ("not 300 lengths of the pool!") immediately (any stroke so long as it doesn't hurt), with stationary cycling allowed in a couple of weeks starting at low-resistance and short-time (and again, so long as it doesn't hurt). I asked for physio and he said he'll organise that - mainly I think because he realised I'd go to a physio anyway if he didn't organise it and this way he has some control - he says that physios tend to push people and he'll be giving instructions to start me gently.
He also warned me that the people with stress fractures who take longest to get back to running are the ones that won't accept the initial non-running phase of treatment - apparently he has someone at the moment who is still having pain nine months on. Bone takes a certain length of time to heal and there's not much that can be done about that.
So, I'll probably come to SA and collect my Champion Chip from the expo, and meet everyone and and not bring my running gear so I can't be tempted to make a last-minute decision to run anyway...
Thank you everyone for your support. I have NHS fracture clinic appointment this Wednesday, but am still intending to book in with a sports specialist consultant privately, as I want treatment/management including early physio, early return to non-weightbearing exercise etc., not just 'stay on crutches for 2-3 months and then we'll give you inadequate physio'. (If they had given me a couple more sessions and got my left ankle flexibility back properly last year I probably would not be in this situation now).
If I'm reasonably mobile by the end of the month then I will come over to Durban and support everyone - but I have to be able to e.g. walk up coach steps...
Thanks everyone. If I'm sufficiently mobile (i.e. not totally non-weightbearing, like I am now) I will probably come over and cheer everyone on, since I've already paid out for the flights and hotel and had not actually got travel insurance yet...
Time scales...from what I've found online, the only good news is that pelvic stress fractures are at low risk of delayed union (very slow healing) or nonunion (not healing). But I'm looking at months not weeks off running.
Pelvic stress fracture confirmed by x-ray yesterday. Gutted.
Presently on crutches - totally non-weightbearing on the right leg. No idea how long I need to continue NWB before I can start putting some weight through it again - I've only been seen at A&E so far (sent there by my GP), not the fracture clinic.
SO frustrated. If I'm really, really lucky I might be re-starting jogging gently in four months or so. Or it might take a year or more.