Around April 2012 my groin hurt after running. So what did I do? I ran more. I ran a half marathon in training, and even PR'd in the Ocean Medical Center 5k. It still hurt. So I got it checked out, and my heart sank when I found out it was a stress reaction/fracture of my femoral neck. So I went on crutches... I should have listened.
The advice was to let pain be my guide. so what did I do? I stopped using the crutches and it still hurt. I ended up having to use the crutches even longer, and eventually had a bone stimulator, overall five months. I should have listened.
So I got off crutches, and I started running again, October 2012. And it felt great. I ran a nice 7 miles through the trails at the beautiful Manasquan reservoir, then again through the Allaire State Park trails ... and I felt my ankles hurt. So what did I do? I ran on the treadmill. My left ankle still hurt, then hurt even more. I let it go for a week or so, then got it checked out, and almost fainted when I heard the diagnosis: another stress fracture -- this time in my left tibia. So I used crutches and a boot and even a knee walker/scooter. Total time three more months.
So I listened. I went to the endocrinologist, found out I had severe osteoporosis secondary to idiopathic hypercalciuria. I got placed on medications, and was told not to run for at least 4-6 months. I got a "yellow" light to start, so I started this month, July 2013, running very little, mind you. Run-walk per Jeff Galloway, and honestly mostly walking.
Then, last week, my hip started hurting again. I kept running, and today it still hurt. I listened. I called my orthopedic surgeon, and got an MRI about an hour ago.
The result: no stress fracture!!!
I'm not a religious guy, but I'm thanking the Lord and the Universe right now. Thank you!!
I will see my orthopedist tomorrow morning. And now --
I will listen.