Hi folks. I’m new here, but an avid reader of, and subscriber to, RW magazine, and looking for some help.
I’m a regular long term runner. 20 – 22 miles per week average.
Recently I started experiencing some pretty severe pain in my left hip which came about as follows:
A couple of months ago I didn’t do much running for a period of about three weeks due to holiday. Not a problem I thought. I could do with the rest. After the holiday I then did a couple of weeks at my average mileage and following a Sunday ten miler woke the next day with the hip pain.
It’s a constant ache but with stabbing pain deep in the hip joint when loading the leg through walking or running. Stairs are almost impossible, especially downover. I can’t stand on one leg to dress. I can’t find any muscle or tissue pain through pressing or prodding.
After the pain first started I gave it ten days rest, which helped a fair bit, then attempted a short run. This immediately put me back to worse than square one. I then gave it twenty days rest. Again, the pain subsided but another attempt at a run a couple of days ago caused a relapse and that’s where I am now, walking with a pronounced limp!
I saw a physio yesterday evening who, after much twisting and pressing, had no idea what to diagnose. He deferred to a senior physio and ditto, he had no idea either, so I threw in the words ‘stress fracture.’ This was dismissed out of hand because I’m ‘not seventeen stone and have just taken up running.’
At this point I lost confidence in these people and their suggested action was a six week course of generic physiotherapy with the option of an MRI as soon as I wanted it (at a cost of £250 – or a few months wait on the NHS).
I feel like I need to take the weight off that leg for a while with crutches or something but the physios dismissed this too ('we need to strengthen the hip etc. etc.').
So what to do?
Anybody out there with similar experience, or just some good advice?!