My left hip started to hurt three days before the Columbus 10K. I thought maybe it was because I was doing a track workout - quick stuff, lots of circles - the pain persisted and hurt with every step of that race. After that race I was in a world of pain. I could barely walk and the pain was very reminiscent of when I got the stress fracture two years ago.
I called the doctor the very next day. I've got big plans and big goals this year and if I'm injured, let's get on with it. The doctor, of course, thought it was another stress fracture. Awesome. I had some x-rays that showed nothing, was told no more running for a while (double awesome) and was scheduled for an MRI.
A few days later I had the MRI and a few days after that I was back in the doctor's office. No stress fracture. Say what? I could go back to working out as long as it didn't hurt. Honey, everything hurts but if it's not fractured, I'll keep working out in some way. I did a lot of swimming and a lot of water jogging. I tried one run. I made it nine minutes and had to turn around and walk/limp home.
I sent a message to the doctor. She wanted to do more evaluations including another MRI, this time with contrast - an injection right into the hip joint.
Last week I had the arthrogram MRI done at the local hospital. It was painful, it took forever, and I don't ever want to do it again. I can't believe I've now had two of them for my hips! I got the results the next day. I have a labrum tear on the left side (both my hips are gonna fall apart!) and tendonitis where the hamstring connects to the sit bone. I exchanged about one billion emails with the doctor - why is there pain in my outer hip and my groin when the tendonitis was in the hamstring/sit bone? She wants to do physical therapy. I want better answers. She said I could workout as long as it didn't hurt.
I, of course, signed up for a race a few days later...