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lauriebizz2010-05-01 15:35:57 +0000 #1
Hi, I’m a first time poster and thought maybe someone here could help. I started running a few months ago on the treadmill – I average 3 miles / 4 days a week.

This week I have hip pain in the front of my left leg only. I visibly cringe when I get up from a seated position and it takes about 10 steps until I can walk relatively normally without a limp.

I’m currently taking an anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxer and pain medication for a pinched nerve – so I’m some what alarmed at this new pain. My pinched nerve is in my neck, so I don’t think it’s related and my neck is feeling great : ) I am scheduled to see my orthopedic surgeon on August 15th, but didn’t know if I should go in sooner. Any idea’s? My initial thought is it’s some type of bursitis.

Thanks!

Laurie
firenze112010-05-01 15:47:17 +0000 #2
I can't offer any help in determining what's going on with your hip but I can sympathize with annoying hip problems lately. I know there was an injury of the month thread awhile back and I'd like to nominate this August as hip month.

I hope someone knowledgeable comes by soon with some help for you. And I hope your hip and the pinched nerve get better soon. . .ow!
BleeckerSt_Girl2010-05-01 16:23:45 +0000 #3
I would not run on it, eat extra protein, and when you are up to it do some moderate walking instead of running. Get lots of sleep, and put a pillow between your knees when lying on your side to keep your hip joints straight.
Zen2010-05-01 16:13:32 +0000 #4
Quote:

Originally Posted by BleeckerSt_Girl

... eat extra protein...

Yogurt has terrific anti-inflammatory properties.

Quote:

Originally Posted by BleeckerSt_Girl

put a pillow between your knees when lying on your side to keep your hip joints straight.

+1 to that
horsemom2010-05-01 17:02:45 +0000 #5
Do you do chiropractic? I biked to the chiropractor's today - 10 miles exactly from my door to his. He seemed to find my biking there, amusing....but anyway, I have been having trouble with a hip recently. I can hardly stand up right away when getting out of a car when I have been seated for more than an hour. Biking to the Dr's I was having trouble with what I thought was my saddle, and my leg on the sore hip side was tingly and 'asleep' feeling.

I got the regular adjustment, and biking home felt much better, and the pain is greatly diminished and no asleep feeling.....I am becoming a believer!

At any rate, if you believe in chiropractic (I realize there are people who do not) it might be worth a try.

Laura
lauriebizz2010-05-01 18:04:45 +0000 #6
I started taking 1 1/2 doses of my pain medication and of course it alleviates all the pain – but not the source and I don’t want to injure myself further. I’m supposed to take my first spin class this weekend and am seriously considering canceling until I feel better. I’ve read that spinning uses a different set of muscles, so I’m not sure if it would help or harm.

I haven't done the chiro yet, but I am scheduled for a massage on Saturday. I did a few hurdle stretches last night and soaked in the hot tub after my slow run. It's somewhat better.

I like the idea of yogurt and sleeping with the pillow - I will defiantly try that tonight.

Thanks!

Laurie
Mighty Mo2010-05-01 16:04:00 +0000 #7
I hate to be a downer, but the pain you are experiencing on standing sounds exactly like my first symptoms of arthritis in my hip. I used to be a marathon runner and many years of overuse and some years of overweight, finally have me needing a hip replacement at the fairly young age of 42.

Do you have much mobility in the joint? Can you sit cross legged comfortably? Do you have a good range of motion sideways?

Get it checked out. I had to stop running, but I can bike comfortably. The difficult part for me is getting on the bike. I lower it to the ground and step over it to mount it.
lauriebizz2010-05-01 18:22:34 +0000 #8
Thanks for the input. Fortunatly I don't have any mobility issues... I have been stretching like crazy and it's feeling much better. I've almost eliminated the need for pain medication. It's still much more sore in the morning and I'm biking rather than running for a few days hoping it will ease up.

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