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I managed to get a stress fracture of the pubic ramus exactly 5 months ago. I now feel like I have healed, and I'm hoping someone might have some advice about when I should try to start jogging again! I have seen suggestions that you should wait 6 to 18 weeks after injury. I'm female, 29, have completed 2 marathons and around 15 half marathons and here's my timeline:
16 April 2012 – 15KM training run, sudden shooting pain in hip/groin area. I assume it's a muscle pull.
22 April – failed London marathon attempt. Pain intense, break down, crying.
June/July – occasional very short jogs on treadmill at gym, mild pain. See three physios, all think it's a muscle-related issue.
22 July – slowest half marathon ever completed, occasional mild hip/groin pain
7 August – xrays, diagnosed with pubic ramus stress fracture, complete stop to all running/jogging.
August/September – still no running but cycle at gym 3-5 times per week. Triple dairy/calcium intake – but only in food, not taking supplements.
Today – zero pain in hip/leg/anywhere. Haven’t tried running or jogging. Hip makes popping noise 4-6 times per day but not painful at all.
I feel completely healed, but am terrified of reactivating the injury since I didn't heal for such a long time after the initial injury (although the pain went away quite soon after I stopped running). If you had any suggestions, advice, warnings, war stories - I'd love to hear them!