Thanks for your reply. Yes, it seems you and Monchi are in a similar situation and could compare notes.
You mentioned 3-4 hrs in the gymn 6 days/week. I wonder if there's something in your workout that caused your recurrence of pain? By the way last week I was looking into the possibility that I may have a hip labral tear and came across a medical website that said if one has labral tears then avoid any trunk crunching movement while your hip is flexed. One example of course is a normal situp with knees bent. Although I've decided that labral tears are not my main problem, I have since been watchful of any trunk crunching movement with flexed hip with regard to sports hernia, and I think avoiding that is indeed helpful for healing of sports hernia. Just a thought.
I started taking Vitamin B6 day before yesterday. I'm taking one 50 mg tablet twice daily.
Almost everybody with sports hernia, including me, seems to have adductor problems. Some people stretch them, others deep massage them, others roll them with foam rollers, others have the surgeon slice ("release") them.
It seems to me, and I'm only guessing, those are all the wrong approach. I'll tell you why. I live 10 minutes from a beach in Florida, where I carefully wade and swim now, in calm water, to rehab my sports hernia. I often have sore, tight, short adductors, even as I walk in the sand toward the water. Even walking in waist-deep water, my adductors are short and sore.
But when I wade out to neck-deep water, and my legs are no longer carrying my body, I notice that my adductors almost instantly loosen up and lengthen. Within just a few seconds, it's possible for me to spread my legs very wide without effort.
This leads me to believe that sports hernia adductors are not really shortened in structure, but rather they tighten up as a protective reflex of the groin area. They are connected by a signalling system. The body detects an injury/defect in the groin/lower abdomen and in response it shuts down the surrounding adductors, on and off, for as long it takes the injury in groin/lower abdomen to heal, perhaps many months.
In other words, the sore adductors are only a symptom, not the cause of the disease. But if we beat the heck out of our adductors while they are in tense mode, and stretch them while they are in tense mode, then we begin to harm their fascia connection endpoints where they attach to the pubic bone, bringing other problems upon ourselves.
frengers, it seems to me that if you had your surgery in February, then you are progressing very well. It takes time for your body to adjust to the fact that your lower abdominal muscle at the edge of your inguinal canal is now slightly different, slightly altered from its original state by the cutting and suturing. Maybe 1 cm different or something.
I think your body just needs time to slowly adjust all its movements to that new configuration of the 1 cm change. It is perhaps only 75% done in re-configuring your millions of movements.
It seems to me that now is the time to be as active as possible, but to be patient, careful and especially avoid extra high forces on the groin, such a lifting heavy objects or crunching the trunk.
frengers, take everything I say with a grain of salt. My 2 cents.
But I would like to know if you think its possible for a 59 yr-old to heal without surgery. I've already reconciled myself to giving up sports. I just want to be able to live an ordinary life where I can get out of my car normally, maybe hike occasionally, mow the yard, repair the house, etc. But without surgery.