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hockey player
RE: Greetings from Post-Op
Turkdog, I've probably explained my symptoms a few times on previous pages but I don't know the numbers, and don't mind recounting quickly for you here:

I first presented with right-side RA pain the morning after hockey games in April 2007. Started in a small area a few inches above the pubic bone. I kept playing through it and eventually the pain and tightness radiated down to the pubic bone, across the groin, adductors and down into the inner-lower thigh and even my knee. At my worst, I was limping around for a few days. Then I decided to shut it down and see a sports medicine doctor, who prescribed an RA strain/possible sports hernia and sent me to physical therapy.

After 2 rounds (6 months) of PT I felt almost 100% better but when I tried to skate the same pain came right back. Saw Meyers in September. MRI showed bilateral tears and hip labrum tears, even though I had no symptoms on left side or in hips (though left side and hips did begin to give me pain in recent months).

Even then I wanted to do all I could to avoid surgery, so I tried more rest followed by a gradual return to physical activity. Started with elliptical, treadmill, light cycling, then light ab/core work and eventually skating. I had a bit of pain here and there but it was going back to skating that brought the old pain back the same way it was at the beginning. At that point, in April 2009, two years after it all started, I made my appointment for surgery. I think if you're torn badly enough all the PT in the world won't fix you.

Regarding the anesthesia, I ate a huge steak at about 5:30 pm, then an apple at about 9:30 and a glass of water before bed at 10 pm. No nausea at all, though I normally have a pretty strong stomach.

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