I have had pain in the groin area of my hips off and on for several years but it has recently worsened and I will see a doctor next week. I am a 56 yo woman, an avid cyclist, and I also enjoy walking and gardening. I am not overweight (i.e. weight is not an issue). I researched my symptoms and they come closest to the description of a hip labral tear:
- "Catching" in the medial or groin area
- Popping/grinding sound when I lift my knee (hip flexion)
- Poor range of motion
- Groin pain during/after activity or rest
- Loss of overall strength in hip area (in spite of being active)
- New: pain in lower glutes (as if I did way too many reverse hamstring curls, except I haven't done any at all)
- A slight limp due to pain
- Groin pain during the night, forcing me to change position frequently (this is NOT related to our mattress]
Possibly related: I have a small, almond-size lump (cyst?) in the inguinal crease of my left groin. It's been there about a year and has not grown.
Starting 2 weeks ago, my left hip sometimes "catches" (in the medial or groin area) early in a bike ride. I considered ending the ride early when it spontaneously "releases" on its own, bringing immediate relief. Then, as the ride progresses, groin pain gradually worsens and I have difficulty unclipping from the pedals (this motion requires slightly raising the knee off the pedal). After a brisk walk (including hills), my hips feel like I've been sitting on the couch for year!
This has been going on for a while and has progressively worsened. I have a high pain tolerance and will live with pain (without pain meds) for a long time until it starts interfering with my regular activities -- and it has. Cycling, walking, and gardening are activities I enjoy doing with my husband and with others.
I will start doing stretches and strengthening exercises for this soon and will get a referral to an orthopedic doctor next week.
QUESTION: Does this sound like a typical labral tear? Do these symptoms add up to any other diagnosis I should explore?