Acute Hip Pain

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Acute Hip Pain

Postby arnsider » 8 Sep 2019, 7:43am

I am a big 69 year old guy, 6 feet tall and 17 stones.
I live at the top of Morecambe Bay and ride two or three times weekly, often over hilly routes.
Coupled with cycling, I do a little bit of Hill Walking and swim twice a week.
I have two bikes;
A heavy Thorn Nomad steel tourer and a lighter Alloy/Carbon Kinesis day tourer.
Both have drops and Brooks B17 saddles.
Recently, I did a lot of cycling in one week and rode a total of 113 miles, the longest ride being a 46 mile circuit of Ingleborough with a drop to Lancaster, then a return via Morecambe front.
After the last ride, I realised that my seat post on the Thorn had slipped in the frame and dropped some 25 mm.
Pedalling had become pretty tiresome but not painfull.
Within a couple of days, I was in a lot of hip pain, mainly from my right side.
I can follow the outside thigh muscle up over my buttock and feel a tender area.
Also, the pain is worst when I take the weight of my right leg and raise it in the sitting position.
I have had an Xray, but as yet have not got the results.
I did try a thirty mile flattish ride about a week after the problem started, but was in a lot of pain the day following, so have laid off the bike.
I have tried 400 mg Ibuprofens and rubbing Glocosamine gel in, but only get marginal relief.
It may well be onset Arthritis aggrivated by the saddle slippage, but the discomfort has come on so suddenly that it might also be an overstretched tendon.
I'd love to hear from anyone experiencing similar symptoms.

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Re: Acute Hip Pain

Postby al_yrpal » 8 Sep 2019, 9:21am

Get an osteoporosis check, you may have a cracked vertebrae like my wife has. This can cause nerve pain around the hips and groin.

Touring on a bicycle is a great way to explore and appreciate the countryside and towns you pass through. CTC gone but not forgotten!

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Re: Acute Hip Pain

Postby reohn2 » 8 Sep 2019, 9:28am

It sounds as if you've over stretched something due to the saddle being too low,25mm is quite a bit especially if you've been riding a long time (years not just one ride)in the same position.
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Re: Acute Hip Pain

Postby Audax67 » 8 Sep 2019, 9:48am

Speculation and internet diagnosis won't get you anywhere. Best see your GP, get an X-ray and go on from there. Back in 2006 I thought I had a dodgy hip joint, but taking the GP route meant that within a week I was on a physiotherapist's table and in two weeks I was fine - I had a contracture of the gluteus medius, brought on by concentrated long rides.

And even if you do have a dodgy hip-joint, I've done 100k rides with a bloke who had a titanium hip. He was 70 when he got it and did the first 100k of his life at the age of 71.
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Re: Acute Hip Pain

Postby charliepolecat » 10 Sep 2019, 2:44pm

Speculation and internet diagnosis won't get you anywhere.Best see your GP, get an X-ray and go on from there.

Best advice!

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Re: Acute Hip Pain

Postby John1054 » 10 Sep 2019, 2:49pm

Yes, get it checked out properly. Hip pain can have several causes, each requiring different treatment. Please say hello to Arnside for me (an ex-Cumbrian).