This is going to be a weird post.
Since my last FAI surgery in November 2013 I’ve had this strange, searing, ripping, pulling sensation in my groin. I described to numerous docs and PTs that it felt like something was ripping away from my bone and they all just shrugged it off and suggested I do more clam shells and stretch my hip flexors.
Stretching my hip flexors didn’t do jack since this wasn’t a tightness issue it was a searing issue!
The pain wasn’t bad enough to keep me from doing anything and I tried to ignore it as best as I could. It was always there. Worse when walking. Slightly better when running. But always there. Everyday of my life for the last 2 plus years.
And now it is gone. Like totally gone.
The pain got super intense during the last few miles of the Red Hot 55K last month, but I motored through it because I really wanted to just finish the darn race.
After the race, I went straight back to the hotel and right into an ice bath for 20 minutes. When I got up, I couldn’t stand. The pain in my pelvis/groin was so excrutiating I thought I might puke. It was the same pain I had been having for the last two years times one zillion.
I was so cold from the bath and I thought heat might help loosen my hip so I tried to make it out of the room and around the corner to the hot tub. The journey took me about 10 minutes and the pain was horrendous and Fritz kept telling me, “This isn’t good!” I didn’t really care, I just wanted to make it the 10 feet to the tub.
Heat felt good and when I got out of the hot tub the pain was gone. The next morning, the pain was gone. A week later when I tried to run again, the pain was gone. A month later, the pain is still gone. How weird is that?
My only explanation is that I had some sort of adhesion or scar tissue stuck between a muscle and the bone and finally with some miraculous combination of running for 6 hours plus ice plus heat finally broke apart what had been hindering me for years.
This searing sensation was like a familiar friend of sorts always reminding me of my crappy hips and everything I’ve been through and urging me to be cautious and never push too hard. And now it is gone. In a bizarre way I almost miss it, but I’m also afraid it will come back, but I know it won’t because whatever was going on there is so clearly gone and there’s just no going back.
Has anyone ever had similar issues with scar tissue?