Monday, 23 January 2012

A pain in the glute

Today's run was just three miles and, with one exception, went well.  For the first time, the pain near my hip was there while I was running.  Not enough to change my gait or make me slow down, but I was certainly conscious of it.  And I'm certainly aware of it now because it hurts to walk, at least until I stretch it out a bit.  I've been icing it all day and taking ibuprophen and Sticking it, but to no avail.  It still hurts.

I have no idea what muscle this is.  It's very localised, just at the top of and slightly behind my hip bone.  I did a bit of research on-line (much more interesting than writing the reports that I was supposed to be doing) and I'm guessing it's either the gluteus medius or the extreme upper part of the gluteus maximus and that it's related to my non-existent core strength.

However, instead of ignoring it or pretending that I know what I'm doing, I made an appointment for Thursday with a physio that I used to share office space with.  Jan the Physio is great, but I fancy another approach and this new physio is also an osteopath as well as trained in something called Global Postural Re-education.  GPR apparently addresses muscle imbalances, and I freely admit to being imbalanced.

I don't trust that my body is going to last until the end of training without doing something to address this drip-drip-drip of physical deterioration, and I'm not giving up without a fight!


  1. Sounds like it could be Sciatica.

    1. Hi Mike, I thought about sciatica, but it doesn't radiate down the back of my leg. It's just one isolated spot at the top of, and slightly behind, the iliac crest. But maybe that's where the sciatic nerve starts??? Obviously, more research (i.e. time wasting) is called for.