Pain in upper outer thigh

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    Dec 04, 2007 10:46 PM GMT
    Hi guys,

    I'm a runner, and I'm planning to do a half marathon on Saturday. The past few days I've experienced some shooting pain in my outer thigh...I guess it would be the hip abductors (?) or are those inner? Anyways it doesn't hurt all the time but I get a shooting pain if the muscle stretches in certain directions. For example it happened today while I was sweeping and leaning sideways a little bit...can't describe it I guess but it was a normal position and the pain wasn't extreme but I could feel some pressure...also happened the other night when I paused getting out of my chair. However, I haven't felt it while walking or running. Has anyone experienced anything like this before?

    BTW I added a more intense speed training last week and I believe I noticed it either than night or the next.

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    Dec 05, 2007 5:08 AM GMT
    Sounds like maybe you have a nasty pull, but, I'm not a doctor.

    If you have acute pain, you need to cool it.
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    Dec 05, 2007 6:26 AM GMT
    i did some research and it sounds similar to hip bursitis. I'm gonna try anti-inflammatories, ice and rest and if it doesn't clear up in a few days I'll go to the doc.
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    Dec 05, 2007 5:26 PM GMT
    Don't self-diagnose it. Go to a Massage Therapist that specializes in Sports Injury or a Phyisio/Physical Therapist. It could be injured soft tissue, your IT band or tight muscles due to over-exertion... My guess is that your piriformis, TFL, and IT Bands are the main culprits. In which case you need focused massage from your glutes to your knees. As a runner, you should be getting frequent care anyway.

    If you had bursitis in your hip joint you would hurt with any movement, so count that out. As long as it's not nerve damage you should be fine with some intensive (and it doesn't have to hurt to be effective) soft tissue care.
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    Dec 22, 2007 4:49 AM GMT
    I'm a sportsmassage therapist and run into this injury a lot with runners, especially those who add mileage, etc.

    It is usually a hip flexor (piriformis) and the Tensa Fascia lata (TFL) on the top of the hip near the front of your thigh...can also be caused by a leg length discrepancy caused by a tight psoas muscle that attached to the front of your hip.

    You need a massage!