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RE: Anyone ever had a "Sports Hernia" aka: "Sportsman's hernia", "Gilmore's groin", or &
Here's my experience. Was a serious enough runner from about '95 to last year. Had already cut back running and over the winter developed a nasty cough that was bad enough to give me what I thought was a lower abdominal stitch (this had occurred in the past). It seemed to go away and I thought nothing of it when a few weeks later I was starting track work and noticed my left groin was sore whenever I made sudden forward or lateral movements (as in nailing a 200 from a standing start or breakdancing). Frigging thing lingered all the way into summer, never becoming too painful to run (I was out there about 3-4 days a week) but never healing even with whole weeks off. Finally I found this thread and realized I fit the profile of a Gilmore's sports osteistis publagic hernia sufferer, and thought back to my winter cough. A light went on and I traveled across the state today to see a hernia specialist.
The doc was good, not pushing surgery even though it's his bread and butter or even pretending he'd necessarily figure a damn thing out for certain. He normally deals with fat old folks with obvious loops of bowel protruding through their inguinal canals or outright tears in their ab muscles, or even through their navels (all of these look disgusting as hell, by the way) but has seen a few sports hernia types and has become more interested what with the attention given Donovan McNabb and all.
The long and the short of it is that a normal exam revealed no hernia, but an ultrasound allowing for real time analysis (goop on the groin with a chick weilding the "paddle" - fun, fun) showed a diffuse bilateral one. Odd thing is I've been back to running daily more recently and it's been hurting less. The doc said he could operate and repair the thing laparoscopically with no problem, but said there was no danger of the thing progressing into a typical hernia and couldn't guarantee that surgery would relieve the groin pain anyway because this pain might be originating from a tight psoas or some other misery.
I think I may try active isolated stretching, then maybe ART, but I think I'll avoid the surgery as long as I can do my rec runner thing and keep from turning into another 40 year old fatass, more of which my neighborhood does not need. I don't feel like wandering around with synthetic mesh in my person, and he did say that skinny dudes take more notice of the mesh and take longer to heal in general even though he did stress it was "minimally invasive."
As an addendum, this guy had heard of Meyers because he's McNabb's personal hernia guy now, but didn't know quite what to make of him as he hasn't published anything about his specific work with athletes.
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