| | Question: hip pain and pelvic mass (?)
Hi there. I'm 26 and a graduate student. This is my first post. Not sure if it's the right place to ask, but here goes -
Several months ago (in late August) I began to experience mild pain around my left hip, mainly on the exterior. It worsened after dancing at a wedding on Labour Day Weekend. It was diagnosed as bursitis and I was prescribed painkillers that weren't especially effective. However, it didn't hinder my daily routine in any way (although it did make me anxious). After a few weeks, the increased pain caused by the dancing had improved to a dull ache.
The pain hasn't really worsened over the past few months, but it has not gone away, and it has changed in slightly worrying ways. It hurts mainly at night. It sometimes hurts from movement, but not consistently. My lower back on the left side now aches, and the front of my left hip, near the groin, feels sore and tight. I sometimes feel nerve pain in the area (I'm guessing that's what the little electrical shocks are). My left hip is warm and a bit tender. I also get pins and needles quicker than normal in my left leg.
But more worrying than all this is the fact that I can feel something long and quite hard when I press down on the lower left side of abdomen, just inside the pelvis. It seems to run from the point of the pelvis towards the groin, a few centimetres inside the pelvic bone. It does NOT hurt to press on it, but my lower left abdomen does occasionally ache in a vague, general way. Is this a muscle or tendon? Part of my intestines? I also get this odd bubbly feeling around there, and my last period caused discomforting cramps on that side too (more so than normal). There doesn't seem to be anything similar on the right side.
I've had problems with health anxiety over the past few years - chest pains, shortness of breath, joint pain, plenty of bone cracking (my joints/bones crack a whole lot, all over my body - ribs, shins, ankles, elbows, shoulders, you name it). Stress from writing papers has caused swelling and hives. I don't get nearly enough exercise and feel out of shape and older than I am. This could be anxiety-induced too (I rather hope it is). I've resolved to contact a doctor on Monday, even though I'm embarrassed about doing so again, and I've resolved - again, again, again - to begin a regular exercise program. Any suggestions for improving muscle/bone strength, especially in the hip and lower back?