Stress fractured left hip during Tucson Marathon in Dec. 2008. Got diagnosed 6 weeks later. Crutches four weeks. Gentle walking for another 8 weeks. Started running 1 mile or so at a time, 3 times a week-slowly ramped up to 25 over the next 3 months. 1 year later, could comfortably run-but still had minor sciatic type pain-not so much when running but when sitting for long periods, etc. Ran another marathon 18 months after injury-17 minutes faster than when I got hurt-but to be fair, I walked most of the last couple miles when I got hurt. After 3 years, I still have the sciatic numbness. Went back to Tucson this past December and ran faster than I have run in the last decade-but it is an aided course.
Hips are slow healers, and I'm an old man-late forties Started drinking lots of milk-and took Calcium pills. Combining my heart healthy baby aspirin regimen with calcium supplements resulted in kidney stones-the salicylic acid in the aspirin reacts with the Calcium-precipitating in my kidneys-the most painful part of the whole deal.