4 years of hip/groin pain. Help!
I will try to make this short. I am a 37 year old man. I had pain in the front and back of my left hip during exercise that gradually came on 4 years ago. It kept getting worse to where I would get aching on both sides of the hip after sitting for more than an hour or so. Leaning forward made it even worse. Standing for more than 30 minutes or so would cause aching. Running/hiking for more than 15 minutes would hurt so I had to stop doing that. A general surgeon said he thought I had a small, inguinal hernia which he could repair and “see if that worked”. An MRI showed something that could have been small, bilateral fat filled hernias, but ultrasound showed nothing. I had an MRI of my hip joint that showed a small labral tear, so I had labrum surgery. That did not work. I had a second labrum surgery (releasing psoas tendon that time), also did not work. Now I still have pain and weaker hip flexion, though the ortho surgeon says my labrum looks fairly good.
I just went to another general surgeon a few weeks ago who palpated and said I had a small hernia on the left, and possibly the right too. I got a repeat MRI which the radiologist said was unremarkable, no hernia. No other significant findings. So, I don’t know if I really have a hernia or not. I’m not sure what to do now, I am in constant pain and it is greatly affecting my life in a negative way. Should I proceed with a hernia surgery and hope for the best? I also still have pain in the back of the hip, which is probably not related to the possible hernia. It might be bursitis/tendonosis, and is a separate issue. I’m also starting to feel an occasional twinge in the front of the right hip as well. Would that make sense I’m starting to get a right hip/hernia problem now if I really did have a small hernia? I”m getting a third opinion from another surgeon next week. I don’t know what to do, I can’t even walk a mile or even sit in a chair without pain. I’ve tried PT, acupuncture, chiropractor, labrum surgery, etc. to no avail. I used to be very athletic, ran a half marathon, played basketball, did boot camp workouts, etc. Now all I can pretty much do is yoga.
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