Hip Update

Last night I iced my hip and then took a hot bath with sea salts.

Sea Salts

I relaxed in the hot bath and hoped that would help my hip. It’s really more on the back side of my hip in the butt-region. I have no knee pain and no pain in my thigh.

Fat Kitty is sooo curious about bath time. He runs into the bathroom and pokes his little head over the side of the tub. I’m not sure if he’s curious or if he’s worried about me. He wants to supervise my either way. I tapped on the tub and his little ears poked up and his eyes got wide. “Oh my god! There’s a funny noise! Where is that?” And he tried to find the noise and then he’d poke around the water and run away. Goofy cat!

After my bath, I slathered on the Icy Hot.

I crawled into bed and hoped that I’d wake up cured.

The Icy Hot seemed to help a bit. I felt better this morning. I still have some irritation. I’m wondering if the hip discomfort is from running stairs. That’s a new addition to my running routine and it’s really the only thing I can think of. I haven’t increased my speed OR mileage so it’s not that. My new shoes have been great for the last month–no pain. It MUST be the stairs.

Today is a rest day and tomorrow is a rest day. Thursday I had planned on running but I will not run until next week.

Breakfast this morning was waffles again but this time I used the real maple syrup.

I’m bummed about my hip. I hope it’s not tendinitis. I REALLY hope it’s not something serious that could end my running. I’m going to buy some Epsom Salts during my lunch break and tonight’s plan is some gentle yoga and another bath.

QUESTION: Have you ever had hip pain from running? How did you fix it?

9 responses to “Hip Update

  1. Do you think maybe your stride was different because you were running with someone else? I hope your hip feels better. Try to swim, maybe it will loosen it up a bit.

  2. I wish I had some answers for you, but I don’t. I think immediate rest is in order and then just play it by ear next week?

  3. NO HEAT! Whenever you injure something heat only causes it to swell within the first 72 hours! ICE ICE ICE! If you can 20 minutes on/40 minutes off for the first 72 hours. Then heat if the injury is feeling better. But if it is still hurting stick with the ice!!! I wish I had seen this sooner!

  4. I am sorry to hear that your hip is still playing up. Here’s hoping after a few days rest it will settle down 😦

  5. Ohh I know that sucks! Seriously YOGA and stretching helps me when I have hip pain. Pigeon pose is the best hip opener EVER. If you feel too sore to do it, don’t push it, but I’d definitely look into yoga if you haven’t already. It has helped me a lot.


  6. I’ve always had knee problems due to the structure of my legs, but I know a lot of women have hip problems. I think a hip problem is one of those things that occur due to muscle imbalance and not enough stretching. I would honestly take it easy (i.e. not run) until it clears up. Maybe some NSAIDS and lots of ice (and I agree with Kelly, no heat!). Icy Hot actually only sends a signal (hot/cold) that goes faster than pain neurons, so you feel the temperature rather than the pain… so it doesn’t actually help fix the problem, just sort of numbs the pain in a funny way.
    If it doesn’t clear up in a couple of days, I would definitely go to a physiotherapist just to see if your muscles are balanced and what sort of exercises and stretches you can do to help even things out. Because females have larger hips, we use our leg muscles fairly unevenly, and there tends to be inflammation where muscles/tendons attach at the bum/hip area.

    (long enough reply hey?)

  7. I haven’t had hip pain from running but I have had on and off hip pain from poor walking stride (that and snow shoveling where I did pull a muscle or something) Have you had your stride analyzed? After my various injuries of late, it seems to keep coming back to either my insanely tight calf muscles or some poor misalignment with my stride.
    Good luck, and I agree – if it’s not clearing up with rest/ice/elevation – then get thee to a doctor and/or physio.

  8. I found a couple of articles on hip pain at runnersworld.com – my go-to for any running problems I’m having! http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-241-285–11807-0,00.html and http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-369-370-377-12182-0,00.html

    My fat kitty is intrigued by the bath too! She fell in once trying to get a closer look and was under the bed for the rest of the day trying to lick herself dry.

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