Well, well…I finally went to the doctor (August 9th, Wednesday) instead of being my usual hard headed self (trying to run through an injury). Just by reading information on groin injuries, from medical websites, I knew reducing my mileage was not an option. A complete stop of my running was needed (a runners WORST nightmare).
The doctor confirmed the need for rest and my question was, “Just how serious is my groin injury and when can I start running again?” After going over my symptoms (pain when running, pain when lifting my leg up while laying down, blah, blah, blah!), the doc pressed different areas of my abdomen for pain…nothing! Then I performed range of motion movements, stretches and balance testing with minimal discomfort.
The doctor’s opinion was that I had a muscular strain in the groin area (no tear). Her care instructions were:
- Over the counter Tylenol or ibuprofen for pain/inflammation.
- Heat or ice for comfort.
- Rest (avoid activity that increases pain) – 2 weeks off from running (T_T)
- Light stretching:
Short and long adductor stretches.
Hip flexors and swinging leg stretches.
- Physical therapy if needed.
- Follow-up if pain persists or worsens.
In conclusion, the My Groin Pain Journey continues but with no suspense or drama. I need rest. If I can’t run, I guess it’s time for some power walking but I need to stay active (Yeah, yeah, I know walking is for women and senior citizens). I will post again towards the end of August, My Groin Pain Journey Part 3, when I start running again. So, as the Ventures said, “Walk Don’t Run!”