I started having pain in my hip in early August 2011, but found when I got running the pain would subside, so I just tried to lessen the run distances and was taking ibuprofen and icing after runs. I visited the Orthopedic doctor in September and he said it was likely a mild tear, and prescribed an anti-inflammatory. They also did x-rays and noted that my hip was misshapen buy just minimally, as I was born and treated a birth with Hip Dysplasia. (Of note many woman have this and are unaware of it) This helped a bit, so I continued my marathon training. I continued till Mid October when the pain started to get worse. It was a sharp pain in the front side off my hip, and was especially painful when rotated, such as when getting out of a low car. Back to the Orthopedist I went, and this time he suggested I get a MRI with Contrast. This showed that my labrum was torn quite a bit and I also had arthritis in my hip. The doctor suggested I first treat with anti inflammatory and Physical Therapy, and no running. I tried to bargain with him since I was ~ 2 months away from my marathon, and he begrudgingly agreed (I gave him no choice) that I would not run till 2 weeks before the marathon (give hip time to heal) and then If I must I could do the marathon, knowing full well that I would have to do a lot of walking to finish. I did just that, with the potential for needing surgery increased. After returning from the marathon, which ironically did not hurt as much as I thought.....in fact soreness was gone by end of the day after. I came home for another MRI with contrast and I had increased the damage and schedule the surgery. I have to note, that my slightly misshapen hip and socket contributed to this, and my arthritis will be there forever, but I only feel a slight ache every now and again, when the weather is shifting.
The good thing for me was that aside from a week post surgical, I never had to miss work, as I only had pain during rotation of the hip and could sit in a chair just fine.
I would also add that my mother in law, also tore her labrum, and was able to heal without surgery , but it took over 3 1/2 months of meds and PT.
Hope this helps, and feel free to post any follow-up questions
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