Originally Posted by Wolfman
Here's my story. Some time ago I started experiencing a very minor pain in my left groin area when I bent and twisted a certain way. (usually when i pulled my leg up to my chest) It was very minor and only happened in certain circumstances so I didn't think anything of it.
Then one day my friend taught me to drive a manual transmision in his Volkswagon Beetle. Obviously your left leg and hip/groin muscles get a lot of work when using the clutch.
The next day I was in extreme pain - felt like a burning pain in the groin muscle area on the left side (same side where i had felt the earlier pain). Almost to the point where i couldn't walk properly. The pain is located right in the area where my thigh meets the abdomen and extends upwards through the pubic bone area and into my lower abdomen right below my belly button (on the left side).
It got better in the following weeks but never truly went away. The whole leg continued to feel weak and the burning pain returned (although far less severe) with any kind of excercise.
The doctor thought this was simply a groin injury but nothing seemed to help -heat, ice, over the counter anti-inflammatories.
Probably two years have gone by since the car incident. (Granted I've only been seeing a doctor for a year or so - I just kept telling myself this would heal on it's own if I gave it a chance)
Finally he (doctor) did some X-rays of the left hip/pelvic area. I went to see him today and he feels that the problem is osteoarthritis in the hip which is causing the problem however he finds it very odd considering my age (I'm 24) and have no family history of this disease. He seemed a little confused and felt it was odd that the symptoms hit me so suddenly and that I don't have symptoms anywhere else.
He has referred me to a specialist for another opinion (could be some time before I get in to see him). He gave me a handfull of Celebrex but they don't really seem to do anything at all.
The pain (without medication) is bearable but seems to come and go randomly... it makes walking long distance difficult and I've pretty much accepted that I'll never jog or peddle a bike again.
I snuck a peak at the radiology report and it said simply "Minor burring on the left femor. No other abnormalities present" He based his diagnoses based on this and some poking and prodding...
What does everyone think? Does this sound like arthritis? Any advice would be appreciated. This diagnoses has devestated me....
Do you also get pain in the buttock with this. If so it may be sciatica. I was toubled with symptoms like yours with pain in the buttocks. I did some online research and found a great excersise which has helped me trendemously. I no longer suffer from sciatica unless i forget to do my excersises!
you will need a blanket and a watch or timer
step 1: roll a blanket up so that it is about 6 -8 inches thick and place
it on the floor
2: sit on the the rolled blanket and bend your right knee so that
your right foot is as close to your left hip as possible, as if you
were going to sit cross legged. Put your left foot in front of
your right knee as far right as possible, or if possible next to
your right thigh this is your goal. (I haven't acheived it
yet but I try to go as far as possible each time)
3: Place you hands on your left knee for stabalization and sit in
this position for 2 min. Keep telling yourself to relax your hip
and try to get your knee to the floor if this is not possible don't
force this will get better as the muscles strectch out.
4: After 2 Min switch legs and repeat the excersise. (Do 2 sets
on each side twice a day.) When this gets easy gradually
reduce the thickness of the blanket for more stretch
Let me know if this helps you as much as if has me. Good Luck