Thank you all for reaching out and for expressing your concern about my recent running injury. Thought it would just be easiest to share my status in a post. After a few weeks of having some moderate hip and Psoas pain, I decided it was time to get it checked out.
Injury Report and Update
After an uneventful run almost 4 weeks ago, I started to feel some intense muscle pain in the front of my left thigh. I initially did not think much of it. Over the course of the next few days, it got worse and I could barely walk. I started taking Advil and it got slightly better with ice and heat.
After 2 more weeks went by, I was feeling better but “not better”. While I could still take walks, do yoga and cycle, I could not run and still felt pain walking upstairs. I decided it was time to get some medical intervention. I made an appointment with my Ortho. He took an XRay which he thought may have shown a fracture. I knew something was wrong but I also knew I did not have a fracture. He sent me for an MRI.
I had the MRI last Tuesday. Thankfully, no fracture. What was evident was a hip labrum tear and some high hamstring tendinitis. My Doctor told me that most people, especially active folks, over 40 have some sort of labrum tear and he did not think that was the source of my pain. He thought it was tight IT bands.
That did not seem right to me. I am, of course not a Dr. but I do know my own body. I have had tight IT bands before and this was not that. I made an appointment to see another Ortho who specializes in hip pain. He took the time to explain my MRI results more extensively. He agreed that the labrum tear has probably been there for a while. He explained that I have an impingement in my hip where the femur connects.
Why is this happening?
I do have high hamstring tendinitis with some slight tearing at the insertion point. Basically right below my left butt cheek. I also have some piriformis swelling. I also have ridiculously tight hips. All of this is causing my hips to be out of alignment thus, causing pain in the side of hip and butt “an impingement”. Everything just kind of came together to cause a perfect storm.
Fortunately, it sounds like this are pretty common issues for runners. I have started physical therapy and I feel more encouraged than I did earlier in the week. Both the Dr. and the PT believe my symptoms can be tackled with PT. It just might take a few weeks (months?).
If you are still here reading, thanks! One thing I have learned throughout this experience so far is that you have to advocate for yourself. We know our bodies and we know when something is wrong. If you don’t feel right about a diagnosis, get second opinions. I will be updating my progress each week in the Weekly Run Down. See you there!