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hip/upper leg pain while running

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  • Posted By: ElectrictyMan
  • January 25, 2009
  • 02:37 AM

I'm 25 years old and have been running since I was 14. I ran competitively through high school and college, and now I maintain an active running lifestyle of 3 to 4 runs per week, on average. My usual running time on most runs is 40 to 50 minutes. I overpronate when I run, so I wear custom-made orthodics in my shoes. I've been wearing orthodics since high school, and my last custom pair was made 4 or 5 years ago. Everything has been just fine until a few weeks ago:

I hadn't run in about a week, and was anxious to go on a run again. Feeling good, I ended up running over 80 minutes (a time I haven't reached in a long time). For the last 20 minutes of the run, I started to develop blisters on my feet and this may have caused me to alter my stride a bit to decrease the pain. For the next couple days following this run, I was sore in my legs, of course, but nothing seemed wrong.

I ran again five days later. About 10 or 15 minutes into the run, I began feeling a stiff pain in my upper left thigh/hip area. The longer I ran, the worse it became. I managed to get back home - barely - and clocked in at 30 minutes. For the rest of that day and about 48 hours afterwards, I had to limp while walking.

I didn't run again until I could walk normally again, which was about 4 days later. I could only run for 5 minutes total because the pain came right back. I waited another 4 days or so, and tried running again, this time I lasted about 9 minutes before I could feel the same pain creeping up again, getting worse as I ran.

My next run I made it to 15 minutes, then 3 days after that I made it to 20, then another three day wait, and today I ran 25 minutes but the pain was in full force at the end of the run. However, I have no pain at all walking around immediately after the run. I also tried running with different shoes, thinking that would make a difference, but the pain slowly yet surely reappeared during the run.

I have also noticed that when I lift my left leg up to my chest while standing, and then as I lower it back down again, I feel a distinct clicking feeling right in the same area that I feel pain during my runs (tendons moving, perhaps?). For comparison, when I lift and drop my right leg, no such clicking happens. I don't know if this is related to my pain, but it does seem suspect.

I don't know whether I should just not run at all for a while and then see what happens, or if I should actively pursue some sort of remedy.

I'm anxious to hear any advice on this matter. Thanks!

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  • Hey,I am have been having the EXACT same problem. I am 24 years old, a new runner and am unsure what to do about this problem. I have been training very slowly, trying to work myself up for a 10 mile run in the beginning of may. my longest run is about 35 minutes (not long for training for 2 months) and this pain has become unbearable. Everything from the clicking sensation you mention, the pain being only on he left side, and having the limp for a few days after a run has been occurring for me as well. Any feedback you discover or that others have to offer would be so appreciated.Dana
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 15, 2009
    • 07:18 PM
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  • Did you ever get an answer to your leg problem? I stumbled across this thread while searching for upper leg pain while running. I'm having the exact same problem.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 12, 2009
    • 07:08 PM
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  • I'm 25 years old and have been running since I was 14. I ran competitively through high school and college, and now I maintain an active running lifestyle of 3 to 4 runs per week, on average. My usual running time on most runs is 40 to 50 minutes. I overpronate when I run, so I wear custom-made orthodics in my shoes. I've been wearing orthodics since high school, and my last custom pair was made 4 or 5 years ago. Everything has been just fine until a few weeks ago: I hadn't run in about a week, and was anxious to go on a run again. Feeling good, I ended up running over 80 minutes (a time I haven't reached in a long time). For the last 20 minutes of the run, I started to develop blisters on my feet and this may have caused me to alter my stride a bit to decrease the pain. For the next couple days following this run, I was sore in my legs, of course, but nothing seemed wrong. I ran again five days later. About 10 or 15 minutes into the run, I began feeling a stiff pain in my upper left thigh/hip area. The longer I ran, the worse it became. I managed to get back home - barely - and clocked in at 30 minutes. For the rest of that day and about 48 hours afterwards, I had to limp while walking. I didn't run again until I could walk normally again, which was about 4 days later. I could only run for 5 minutes total because the pain came right back. I waited another 4 days or so, and tried running again, this time I lasted about 9 minutes before I could feel the same pain creeping up again, getting worse as I ran. My next run I made it to 15 minutes, then 3 days after that I made it to 20, then another three day wait, and today I ran 25 minutes but the pain was in full force at the end of the run. However, I have no pain at all walking around immediately after the run. I also tried running with different shoes, thinking that would make a difference, but the pain slowly yet surely reappeared during the run. I have also noticed that when I lift my left leg up to my chest while standing, and then as I lower it back down again, I feel a distinct clicking feeling right in the same area that I feel pain during my runs (tendons moving, perhaps?). For comparison, when I lift and drop my right leg, no such clicking happens. I don't know if this is related to my pain, but it does seem suspect. I don't know whether I should just not run at all for a while and then see what happens, or if I should actively pursue some sort of remedy. I'm anxious to hear any advice on this matter. Thanks!Sounds similar to a condition that I suffer from myself its called snapping hip syndrome or dancers hip, there are different muscles thst sre involved depending on whether it is external or medial. Its basically tendonitis and stretching hip flexors, adductors, and TFL can be helpful. Mine is internal, I have pain in my L hip, groin, and now can even feel in SI region when moving from flexion to extention my pain has increased over the years. Everytime I attempt running I want to cry, so I keep it to a minimum. I am actually going in for an MRI to rule out any labral or ligament damage. The running is painful b/c it puts 6x your body weight on your hip when you run. Being that yours came on so sudden may have strained or sprained something either way rest, ice, gentle stretching and check in with MD. Good luck!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 15, 2009
    • 05:15 AM
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  • I'm only 13, and ive been experiencing this type of pain. It started in my knee but slowly started to effect my hip/upper thigh...
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 15, 2011
    • 08:08 PM
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  • I have the same pain and I'm only 15
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