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  • RUNNER w/ extreme hip/pelvic pain,possible hernia?

    Posted by Runner4Life on March 11, 2014 at 1:10 am

    Hi there! Thank you for reading my post. I am a marathon runner and cross fitter (as of 7 weeks ago) who is now bed ridden and in extreme pain sitting, laying down, and walking just over these last 7 weeks. It started as slight left hip flexor pain when I went running a week after a 40 mile race. Since then, it has developed to pain on both sides and through pelvis. The pain runs from both hip pointers along the crease to the pubic bone and is also in the pelvis region above the vagina. Often, I feel full/nauseous from it and am in so much pain, I am confined to my bed as simply walking or sitting hurts very much. I have now seen 13 doctors in 6 weeks, MRI, XRAY, CT SCAN, Physical Therapy, seen a hernia specialist, OBGYN, cortisone injection, Ecoscue, Massage therapy, and chiropractor. I am at a loss. To see pictures of myself just 7 weeks ago in the best running shape of my life having just qualified for Boston to now be stuck in my bed, forced to work from home without having done physical activity for 7 weeks is absolutely the worst thing I’ve ever gone through. I’m 25 years old, female, 5’9 and 140 pounds. My life revolves around running and cross fit, but to not even be able to move anymore, I have pretty much lost my life it feels like. It honestly feels like a labral tear on both sides, but the doctors can’t seem to find it. I don’t know what else to do. I’ve exhausted all of my options, spent thousands, and only get worse every day. Feels like burning, pinching, aching. A lot of the pain is along the inguinal ligament with of course pain in adductor and pelvis. Please let me know if you think this could be a possible hernia. The hernia specialist couldn’t find it and the CT didn’t show it, but please let me know your thoughts.

    Runner4Life replied 10 years, 3 months ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
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  • drtowfigh

    March 15, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    RUNNER w/ extreme hip/pelvic pain,possible hernia?

    Tearing the along the groin crease is most suggestive of a hip labral tear. MRI hip with arthrogram (contrast injection) should identify this problem. Also, see a hip specialist. Other problems include femoral acetabulum impingement syndrome (FAI). These can all be worked up by a skilled orthopedic surgeon.
    To definitely rule out a hernia, CT may not be adequate. MRI pelvis, without contrast, with Valsalva (push out on belly) is most sensitive imaging study for this.
    I hope this is helpful!
    Best of luck.

  • Runner4Life

    March 13, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    RUNNER w/ extreme hip/pelvic pain,possible hernia?

    Thank you so much for your message. This gives me hope. Did your daughter have the same symptoms of burning, pinching, tearing all through the crease between her leg and pelvis?

  • Helene

    March 11, 2014 at 11:51 am

    RUNNER w/ extreme hip/pelvic pain,possible hernia?

    I am not a doctor, simply a mom of a daughter who had pain for years that the doctors were not able to diagnose. It wasn’t until about 3 weeks ago that it was determined that she had bilateral inguinal hernias….surgery to repair them last week and she is well on her way to full, pain free recovery.

    The one piece of advice that I learned from Dr Towfigh and my daughters Interventional Radiologist is that CT Scans may not be an appropriate diagnostic tool for hernias. Ultra-sound may be the correct answer. My daughters CT was negative but the ultrasound showed they existed. That is because my daughters hernias disappeared when laying down and only appeared when standing or when bearing down. On that basis, of course they wouldn’t show on CT.

    Again, I’m not a Doctor, simply the mother of a 22 year old patient who no longer is suffering because the correct radiologist found her hernia tears via ultrasound. I’m not diagnosing anything for you just wishing you the same sort of success we found.

    Good luck and don’t stop fighting to find the correct diagnostician who will make the correct diagnosis…and then will make the fix

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