That's Coley and I on a three mile run the other day. (It's not so easy to jog while simultaneously trying to take pictures with your iPhone.)
About a year ago, I started feeling pain in my left hip.
It didn't hurt while I was running, but it hurt throughout the rest of the day, especially when I woke up and after sitting for any length of time. And the more I ran, the worse it got. Sometimes it was so bad that even the pressure from wearing a pair of jeans would make it hurt.
Oddly enough, my sister developed the exact same symptoms (even the part about the jeans) and in the exact same hip, so I encouraged her to go and see a doctor so she could figure out what we had (since I don't like going to the doctor myself).
The diagnosis: Gluteus Medius Tendonitis.
The treatment: Stretching, rest and lots of ibuprofen.
I can do the whole stretching thing. But I already tried resting (I took two months off of exercise of any kind after the triathlon I did in July, but that was just out of sheer laziness.) and it didn't help. And I won't even take a couple of ibuprofen for a headache, so I'm definitely not going to take it in order to zip up my jeans.
So I just decided to run through it because running is the first form of exercise that I have ever enjoyed and I don't want to give it up.
Actually, the word 'enjoy' might be a stretch, but lets just roll with it.
That plan didn't work out quite as I had hoped though, so today I found myself at an acupuncturists office with about 15 needles sticking out of my left hip, arse and surrounding areas.
He said he thinks it has to do with inflammation in my iliotibial band that will subside with a few treatments and some rest. (But that rest is going to have to wait until after I run the Pear Blossom on the 14th of this month.) And then he told me that I could help treat inflammation in general with my diet (The Paleo Diet, which eliminates gluten, dairy, sugar and beans from your diet...what's left you ask?...just meat and vegetables...and I don't like meat so I'm screwed.)
So after purchasing the Paleo Diet book from Barnes & Nobles, I walked over to Starbucks and stood in line while reading it. And then I ordered a bagel with cream cheese.
Why in the world am I telling you all this?...
Just looking for advice. Wondering if anyone else has dealt with similar symptoms and what they did to treat it? Did it go away? Did it come back? Can you still run?
But most importantly, can you still wear jeans?