Aug 19, 2011 10:21 AM
I have been running for a little over 18 months, have run everything from 10K fun runs, 1/2 and a full Marathon earlier this spring. This question is more about a problem that I lived with over the past winter, but from time to time I seem to have a quick groin pain that comes and quickly goes, but reminds me of the injury I ran with all last winter and just want to hear if anyone has suffered anything similar.
Here we go, and bear with me as I tend to be a bit wordy at times.
The injury started in early winter and at the time I was logging about 30K a week. Symptoms of the pain were a sharp burning pain in my groin that made it difficult to support weight on the leg (difficult to climb stairs, would have to start with my good leg, lift bad leg to step, then with good leg launch to next step (ie one step at a time versus step over step as a set of stairs would normally be climbed). The pain seemed to be around the inside of the groin versus the outside of the hip.
In terms of running, getting going was stiff and painful, as a matter of fact some of my running friends indicated I had a bit of a limp from the get go, however after 3 or 4 km's the pain would subside and my stride would even out. However making a brief stop (such as waiting at an intersection for a light to change, so we are talking less than two minutes), the pain and stiffness would return and running it out would be another 2 or 3 km's... that is how fast the pain would come on... just about instantaneous. Plus after the run, walking or even putting weight on the hip due to the groin discomfort is difficult (as a matter of fact I don't think I could stand on that one leg).
I did several physio sessions and it was blamed on everything from weak gluets (spelling?) to tight hamstrings to I don't know what else. I did curtail the running for a period taking up to a week off, but the injury would return within few paces of the next run.
Took iboprophein (spelling) which gave relief, but this is not a suggested remedy as this drug only masks the inflamation and associated pain, so you feel better, but run the risk of worsening the injury as you run through the pain that should have stopped or slowed you down.
Then in early March (about 8 weeks after the injury seemed to arrive), it disappeared, like over night.
I was chatting with a friend of a friend who happens to be a nurse (and I am seeking her down again) as she said she suffered the exact same injury and explained it was a tendon that runs from the inside of the leg, around the groin through the hip and terminates at the small of the back. And as a matter of fact I have been having some back pain on my right side only at exactly the spot the tendon is suppose to terminate, this pain can be felt while at rest, but immediately disappears with motion (walking or running will stop it). She said this is an associated pain.
The reason I am writing such a long winded question for an injury that I stated disappeared, is that I have noticed a few pings of pain similar to the injury over the last couple of weeks. Nothing as intense and not causing me to limp or pain in a run, but I am fearful of it returning and wondering if anyone else has suffered a similar injury, received a professional diagnosis and have had a successful recovery process or any excercises or stretches that are recommended to combat the return or repair if it reappears...
My current regime sees me logging about 50K a week at present as I am in the midst of Marathon training for a November event.
Aug 2011 - Taylor Milne 10K Fun Run - 46:47
July 2011 - NB Triathalon - Relay Runner 8.4K - :41:01
July 2011 - NB Canada Day 10K Road Race - 47:42
June 2011- Patrick4Life 1/2 Marathon - 1:47:39
May 2011 - Mississauga Marathon - Full - 4:10:24
May 2011 - Kaufman 10K Fun Run - 47:59
Mar 2011 - Hamilton Around The Bay 30K - 2:57:25
Dec 2010 - Running Room Sudbury Santa Shuffle 5K - 24:32
Oct 2010 - NB Hospital Fdnt 10K Fun Run - 49:50
Aug 2010 - Taylor Milne 10K Fun Run - 56:50