Just finished reading all 47 pages, reckon I know enough to perform the surgery on myself now, lol.
Here's my story.
I live in England and play a lot of soccer. About 4 years ago, I had the groin and lower abdominal pain. I saw every specialist I could, had MRI, ultrasound, herniagram, CT scan, all came up clear. I had a steroid injection into my pelvic bone, tried PT saw a chiropractor. All in all, I was out of action for 15 months, just when I was about to give up, I found out about Gilmore's groin/SH on the net. I went to see Jerry Gilmore in London, who did the "stick the finger where it hurts test" He diagnosed me with bilateral groin disruption. He prescribed 4 weeks of straight line runnning, jogging building up to sprinting and abductor stretching and strengthening exercises, up to 400 per day. If this did not help, the only hope would be surgery.
Well lo and behold after about 3 weeks, the pain entirely went without surgery, I have never been so happy in my life.
Since then I have played 3 full seasons of soccer, also done weight training, swimming, everything with no pain. Since the injury I have always worn Vulcan support shorts to protect the groin when I play.
Then, this August just as the new season was about to start, I woke up one morning with the same pain as I had before. I couldn't believe it. As I now believe I knew what the injury was, I have rested and last week, tried the straight line running, but as yet no joy.
I say Michael Owen was having the surgery in Munich so contacted the clinic, emailed my notes and have booked the surgery in for November.
This forum has been like a weight lifted off my mind as sometimes with this injury, you feel no-one believes you.
I would really appreciate some feedback and any advice, certainly with any pre and post op exercises that will help.
Also, I have the following questions :-
Having read the whole forum, I haven't seen anyone who has made a full recovery without surgery, yet I went 3 full years without a single twinge, can anyone shed any light on this or had a similar time with no pain before it came back.
I have read that your recovery post op will depend on how long you have had the injury, is it likely that I have had the injury for the full 4 years, or is there a chance this new pain is a new SH not related to 4 years ago.
I am both excited and scared about having surgery, but not playing football is actually very depressing and I worry, I'll never play again.
Thanks for listening