Sunday, November 20, 2011

Answers to My Hip Pain

So a week ago, I mentioned I went to the doctor for hip pain and I was referred to a sports medicine doctor. I was able to get into the sports med doctor on Monday and the mystery of what is wrong with my hip was solved immediately.

I have 2 things of pain that I have been dealing with for basically 5 years. First is a stabbing pain in my pubic bone and then hip pain. The stabbing pain originally was because of my separated pubic bone and now it has shown on my X-ray that I have arthritis in my pubic bone. Wonderful, huh? The doctor basically said, that this was the least of my problems. In the future he can give me a cortisone shot but lets deal with the hip and worry about that later. Thanks, Doctor, for telling me that I must deal with a stabbing pain in my groin. So much for ever wanting to have another child.

The hip pain is being caused by Hip Flexor Tendonitis. He did a bunch of movements with my legs and saw that I have a huge imbalance in muscle strength between the 2 legs. This was further confirmed by my physical therapist that I saw on Friday. Thankfully, this is a problem that I can deal with. I was not told that I have to stop running. I was not told that I couldn't run the Disney Marathon or the Boston Marathon. (My biggest fear about going to the doctor, was that someone would tell me I wouldn't get to run Boston this year. I am not convinced I will ever re-qualify again so missing out on this opportunity was not an option. I will be in Hopkinton on April 16th running that marathon I have dreamed about for years.)

Physical Therapy was my prescription and I headed there on Friday for my evaluation. On a side note, I LOVE physical therapy. When I suffered from achilles tendonitis, 2 years ago, I went to physical therapy and I was able to run the Goofy Challenge a month after not even being able to run. I loved my physical therapy appointments so much that I have gone back to school and am working on my prerequisite courses so that I can get into grad school for physical therapy. This is a long term goal, but I figured, I am wrong right? :)

So anyways, my evaluation told me pretty much everything I already knew. I have incredibly tight legs and my back pain is related to my hip flexor pain. I also found out that my left leg is longer than my right leg and that hip is higher than the right. This may be a factor in my problems, but obviously something I have lived with so I am not too concerned. I will start ultrasound and massage treatment this Tuesday as well as learn the exercises that I can do to strengthen my legs and prevent this from happening again.

So I am obviously still running, and did my long run of 17 miles today. It was a beautiful day in the 60s and I had an incredible amount of motivation after watching the twitter feed of Colleen killing her first marathon today at Philly. This should have been the perfect run, but sadly it was not. My amazing running partner had a different run on her schedule as myself so we ran by ourselves today. UGH! It shouldn't have been too bad, but look at this elevation profile.
I was cruising along until about mile 11, when my never ending incline got the best of me. My hip started yelling at me and my mind kept telling me that this sucked. Somehow, my mind didn't stop me, FOR ONCE, and I finished my run without a walk break when in the past I would have normally taken at least one. My overall time was 2:37 for an average pace of 9:15. I am pretty happy with my time considering it could have been a lot worse.
When I got in the house, I collapsed on the chair and was incredibly thankful that I could finally relax. Instead of hopping in the shower, I decided to wrap my thigh in Arctic Ease and let it sit there for about 45 minutes. I am still confused by the technology of Arctic Ease, but my hip tends to recover a lot quicker after using it the wrap to ice it. It puzzles me as I don't feel the cold, but it seems to work. You won't hear any complaints from me though as I hate ice so I am happy to have found a product that doesn't makes me cold.

10 comments:

Jessica Washburn said...

Good luck with your hip, you're a trooper for sure! Jessica

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eatdrinkbreathesweat said...

Wow. SO glad you got a diagnosis on the hip pain! Now I'm self-diagnosing myself over here. haha. My hips are so tight and have been bugging me a bit (not shooting pain, just a little achy). I'm thinking they're just tight but not you have my own wheels spinning!! PS. really glad the PT is all they recommended and NOT to stop running, that's the worst phrase to ever hear, isn't it?

Meaghan said...

I hate hip pain - sucktastic. Sounds like you've gotten to the root of it, allowing you to treat it. Yippee for that! :)

Stephanie said...

Lets never run apart ever ever again. i am officially convinced that is the source of all bad runs hahah. I am so impressed about how you run through pain and never ever complain where as i love to bitch all the time haha. i am so happy that you are getting this straightened out but a little scared about how speedy you are going to be eeekkk!! Meanwhile, told Jake today he has to have me ready for NJ marathon in May but more important to have me ready to run at least 10 miles of boston with you at an 8:08 pace! How are you feeling? I apparently need to bake cookies or somethign tomorrow night if you want in and can coax the hubby into it.lol

robinbb said...

Thanks for the support guys. And yes, so happy I know what is going on and I can still run. Fun stuff being injured.

robinbb said...

Hopefully the answers about the hip pain will help you as you recover! Great job on your run!

robinbb said...

Thank you. I hope it helps as well!

robinbb said...

New follower! Saw you on twitter this morning. Great job with your 10k! Hope your hip is feeling better. I love Dorothy too..so inspiring!

robinbb said...

I haven't figured out artic ease either and didn't have results (that I could tell). I'm glad it works for you and it's so easy to use and not messy.

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