Last October, ran a marathon followed by a long hike the next day. Had some groin pain on the left side, but wasn't too bad. Fast forward to late Nov, ran a 5k on Thanksgiving Day, and then a 12 miler with a football game on that Saturday. Groin pain on the left side worsened. Pain persisted getting out of the car, coughing, sneezing, rolling over in bed. Upper leg felt stiff so I stopped running for a couple of weeks. Started back running in January and by mid-Feb, the pain was gone. During a long run in March, I felt a pain along my adductor on the left side and had to have my wife come and pick me up. I stopped running altogether and read as much as I could about what this could be. Note, I am able to swim (no flip turns or breast stroke) and bike without irritating my groin.
By May, I thought I had an SH, but hoped it was something else. Saw an orthopedist and had an X-Ray and MRI. Hip area looked good on the X-Ray, but the MRI showed large fluid signal along the left side rectus abdominis aponeurosis. Recommended another MRI with sports hernia protocol. He thought there was no reason for the additional MRI and suggested a couple of Drs who could diagnose and treat this better.
In the meantime, I started PT and went from the end of May until the end of August. PT exercises were actually making the pain worse toward the end. Stopped PT and finally saw a Dr who knows about these injuries. Suggested that I either get surgery and there is an 80% chance that I would recover fully based on his statistics for guys over 40 (I'm 46), or I could wait and just let it ride. Within 5 years, the tendons should be healed and I should be pain free.
I've scheduled surgery for 10/13, but I have some mental reservations that I'm trying to resolve. In the end, I may not go through with it, but it's just hard to have the pain there daily.
Has anyone just recovered from this type of injury? How long did it take? If surgery, what type and did you recover or were there more complications?