I am a 50 year old woman who has been running for about 3 years, 4 to 5 times a
week 3 miles faithfully until recently.
I have had a groin pull before that put me out for a couple of months. It was
very painful and I could not run at all. During the healing process, I did a
lot of stretches. It seemed tight when I started running agian but I was able
to work through it.
I have the pain again on the other side and have laid off and am doing stretches
while I am healing. Now, I am beginning to wonder if it is a pulled groin or
maybe something else.
I went to my OBGYN last year when he told me that I might want to consider a
hysterectomy. In the last few years, I have noticed that things are slipping
down. Is is possible that because of this, things are pushing against
nerves/muscles in the groin area and causing this pain? I feel pain even when I
sit. Has anyone complained of this before?
I also have lower back pain, but believe it is because I am compensating because
of the groin pain.
I plan on getting a second opinion about the hystrectomy but also think that I
need to seek another specialist. What do you think?
I do not want to give up running and have been very down since this all has
happened. Please help.
Hi Veronica. Thanks for your question. Please consider the following:
It is very likely that your pain originates in your perineum secondary to the
"slipping down" you describe. Good news! Seek the help of a physical therapist
who is familiar with the pelvic floor and the various techniques including
biofeedback and relaxation/strengthening strategies which have been described in
numerous texts. Kegels are an example of pelvic floor muscle exercises. I hope
you avoid the surgery.
On the other hand, it is possible that you have a groin injury. The groin
muscles are reciprocal, and as such, injure one, and the other suffers. So it is
not uncommon for one side to hurt for a while, then the other side to huirt fr a
while. They are combination sagital plane, transverse plane muscles, so a
frontal plane strategy is often tollerated pretty well - try a slide board and
see how you do. Roller blades work pretty well also.