Originally Posted by meghurtz
Something you could take over-the-counter is Glucosamine. It works better for people with Osteoarthritis than for people with Rheumatoid arthrits so it might help you since you arent at a severe level. Try to keep as active as you can. Non-impact exercises will work better for you and less stressful on your joints. There are lots of exercise machines (for home use or at the gym) that allow you to strengthen and tone without the wear and tear on your joints. Having a trainer there show you how to use the machines helps too.
Any suggestions as far as machines go? My doctor suggested an elyptical machine but I know with out even trying that it will hurt me - it's that exact rotation at the hip that bothers me the most - impact is irrelavant.
This all started after learning to drive a standard transmission - the next day my groin (where the leg meets the abdomen) on my "clutch leg" hurt so badly I could barely walk. It's gotten WAY better than that since but has never gone away - and now it only irritated by that exact motion - lifting my towards my chest (which you do while running, biking, stair climber etc)