For about 5 months now my hips have been hurting very badly after my runs and last for a few days. It is on the top of the hip, both sides, and hurts so bad when I sit in different positions and lay down in bed in different positions. Nothing hard with my training: I run 5-6 days a week, just 2 miles each day. One day a week is quarter mile intervals. And saturday is usually a long 6 mile run, about 16 miles a week roughly
just wondering if any of you have experienced the same pain
any more details, please let me know
No running till it gets better.
Find out what is causing the pain. If you make it worse you risk having to have a hip transplant. It could be that bad. Then again it could be nothing. Find out for sure though.
Running 5-6 days a week sounds like it's too much for where you're at. I've been running for a similar amount of time to you and I know for sure that 5-6 days a week would not bode well for me.
STOP. Absolutely STOP running until it goes away. If your body is sending you pain signals then something is wrong. Don't screw up your potential to run in the future by over training in the now.
I had the same pain in my right hip so had to stop running. I read somewhere that the hip is connected to the shoulder and if the left side is out then the right hip will suffer...and thats what I have... a lame left shoulder (hurt it at a indoor skydiving place). So I am doing stretching type exersices and walking until that shoulder is healed.
Maybe see a chiro? Get your spine in alignment...
I have the same issues. I've run several half marathons and one marathon, and each time I've done a race, I get the same hip injury. It often doesn't creep up until I get into higher mileage....8 miles and more. But I hadn't done a race in a couple of years and was itching to do another. So I started training this spring, hoping that maybe the hip thing wouldn't return. But it totally did. So, I'm laying off until it gets better. But here' some advice that a runner friend gave me...run only on trails. No concrete/cement/sidewalk/pavement. My friend has run over 100 marathons and said when she runs on dirt, she's injury-free. But whenever she hits the pavement, she gets hurt. So, that's my plan of attack. Let my hips heal (which I'm guessing will take a month or two..I'm planning on doing lots of yoga and cross training in the meantime), and then start on some trails and see how it goes.
It probably has to do with either your IT bands, your quads or your hamstrings pulling unevenly on your hip join ligaments. I would highly recommend seeking out an Active Release therapist. It's a soft-tissue form of chiropractic. You can search for providers here, they take most normal insurance.
I have used them for 3 separate running injuries. Works like a charm every time.
That may help, but if you are at the point where it's been hurting for 5 months you probably have distortions and knots built up in your muscle fascia along with possible scar tissue build up. Stretching will not be to get rid of all that, at least not any time soon. Active release will do a deep tissue massage on those areas and loosen them up much better than stretching can do on its own.
Which motion triggers the pain?
Running triggers it. But while running it is doable, afterwards it hurts a lot. It also hurts walking but that is very doable and not much of a problem
Can you describe the pain (ie sharp, dull, electric
It is sharp usually. But before bed when I am in bed (duh ;) ) it hurts to lay down flat of my back. So i always sleep on my side, occaisionally having to bend my leg upwards towards my chest to relieve the pain
What do you do throughout your day that possibly aggrevates it, or relieves it?
Answered above. Also, quarter mile sprint intervals once a week seem to hurt it a lot. Again, I feel it afterwards
How long has this pain been present?
A good 6 months
How long have you been running?
On an off all my life, but really got into it a year ago
How many kms in does this pain present itself
Right at the beginning of my run. When I go for my first stride
How do you sleep at night? (which positition, on your back? side? alternate sides? stomach sleeper?)
Always on my left side. Positions described in question #2
Have you had any previous injuries? (including those that are NOT within the acetabulofemoral joint)
I broke my elbow when I was very young. Other than that, no. Scrapes and bruises of course as a child
What is your age?
Do you wear orthotics?