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I'm sorry about the length of the post but I want to explain everything that has happened with my injury to see if anyone can offer advice or has had similar issues.
I was quite an active person playing football and running 4+ times a week. After training one week my right groin felt tight as if it needed stretching. The sensation was quite high, probably an inch or so below the pubic bone. By the next day the pain would be gone, but the next time I played or ran, after I cooled down the sensation would be back!
This went on for weeks but I carried on playing as I'm quite injury prone and (maybe stupidly) thought if I rest for every little niggle I'll never exercise again! After a few weeks the sensation turned into pain, but still it would be gone by the next morning.
A few weeks after this and one time in football training I broke down completely. My leg wouldn't function from the pain, and I was limping everywhere. This pain didn't go the next day.
I rested for a month and the pain went, but as soon as I returned to training, I made one lateral movement and broke down again.
I went to a physio who thought I had tight psoas, underactive glutes and also a sportsmans hernia. The hernia was confirmed and I had a sucessful operation. I went back to physio when I was well enough and worked on strengthening my core, but an underlying pain in my groin remained. The physio referred me to my doctor to get an MRI scan on my groin so he could give me a steroid injection if needed.
My doctor referred me to an NHS physio who disagreed that I needed an MRI and instead instructed me to do more core work! Unsurprisingly this had no effect. By this point I began feeling pain inside my right glute and on my iliac crest, also sometimes in my lower right side of my back. So much so that I struggle to walk for more than 10 minutes without pain, sometimes I lose function in my leg altogether with glute, crest and groin pain.
So eventually the physio sent me for an MRI, but not on my groin as he felt it was my lower back was the problem. The scan showed more wear and tear than someone my age should have, but nothing abnormal. So he referred me to pain management.
Pain management believed I was getting referred pain from my lumbar spine, and I ended up having facet joint injections to numb the nerves. This made the pain slightly more bearable, but I still got pain. After it was unsuccessful that Doctor has referred me back to my GP, non the better for my experiences.
It's difficult to pinpoint where the pain in my groin is. The only place I can describe is an inch or so below my pubic bone, on the medial side of my right leg but inside, not on the surface. I also get the pain if I lift my knee up to 90 degrees and rotate my foot outwards (anticlockwise with my right foot). This is the main time I can feel a noticeable difference between my left and right sides.
Apologies again for the long post, but a lot has happened, and I wanted to write it all down in the hope someone could give advice. I'm 27 years old supposed to be in the prime of my life, but instead feel helpless!!
Thanks for reading.