It was 62 degrees when I left this morning and 72 when I got home. The humidity must have been high because I was sweating buckets today. I ran 15.51 miles.
WELL......I finally got a diagnosis on my groin/abdominal issue that has been plaguing me for months now. I got in to see the sports-med doctor today. After talking to him and doing some initial testing he was sure I had a sports hernia. He did an ultra-sound and said that it was NOT a sports hernia because the muscle was still attached. The he found something else just adjacent to that area. My tendon has pulled away from the pubus bone and I have a bone spur there and the gap has filled-in with the wrong stuff. Officially it is called Abdominus Rectus Tendonosis. It is an overuse/imbalance injury that he has seen before.
The good news is that it can be healed without surgery and I do NOT have to stop running. He said if I was younger, say 25 or so, my body would have flooded the area with blood to heal it but because I am 46 the blood flow is not as good so my body did not recognize the actual injury very well. I was very impressed with his knowledge on the subject and his expertise with the ultrasound. From what I have read, not very many doctors are that proficient in ultrasound diagnosis of this kind. Luckily, he is the doctor that all the university track and cross-country runners go to in this area. If there is an expert....he is it!!!
He has prescribed a nitroglycerin patch that I will wear while sleeping to increase the blood flow to the area to facilitate the healing. He said the only reason it will work is because I am thin enough because the patch has to be within about 1 1/2 inches from the injury. Thank goodness for being thinner due to running. I also have to do specific exercises to strengthen other muscles. I will see him again in 3 weeks to check my progress.
Needless to say I am OVERJOYED to have a specific diagnosis and a plan to heal. I can still run although I may not be very fast as intensity does cause it to flare-up more.