Hi everyone and welcome, miami mike. Been reading about people's experiences with the cortisone. I had one about 13 months after my first op and, to be honest, it didn't make much difference. I think the hip just took longer than expected to settle down, which was probably (partly) down to the fact that my other hip wasn't right. Once that one was corrected, everything gradually settled...after about 9 months! I had my first op in Dec 2011, 2nd in Sept 2012 and was running short distances without pain from April 2013.
parklife - you asked for an update . I didn't want to repeatedly come on here with lots of positive me me me posts when, sadly, many of you are still getting pain/ discomfort and unable to run. But things have been going very well. I got a 10 mile PB (sub 63) in October and won a half marathon in mid-November - accomplishing many things I never would have expected to happen again post-op. I hope that gives people some hope, even if your aim is to return to a parkrun or similar.
When I started building up my distance, I did my exercises religiously - bridges, squats, clams etc.. I haven't been so good recently and I know I have to do better. When I try to do too much, my body tells me about it - I get aches and stiffness in my glutes, hip flexors, quads, shins, calves, achilles...actually, everywhere! It may be weakness from my 3 years of not running. I need to stay sensible and get regular (fortnightly) sports massage to let me carry on running. I don't do any x-training - nothing gets me motivated like running does.
I will keep reading and wishing the best for all of you. People say it takes a long time to recover and it really, really does. People also say that everyone's experiences of FAI/recovery are different, and that is also true.
Thanks for the mention, parklife. I emailed Adrian directly but forgot to post on here. After over 2.5 years out with hip impingement (same thing as parklife), I've had a PB at 10 miles and won a half marathon just over a week ago. I hope to do a marathon sometime in the next year or two, depending on how the hips get on with the distance. I'm mainly just happy to be running again, especially on club runs. I'm much more sensible now than I was before the big injury.
That all sounds very positive, Moozer - I'm delighted for you. Are you doing much other exercise? Cycling? Hoping to run again in a few months? Please keep updating - I still read and I'm sure others do too.
Quick update from me - I've tested the hips a fair bit over the summer holidays and all seems pretty good. I've done 30-40 mile weeks and got a 5k time that was only 9 seconds outside my best ever result. The hips are now coping with 10 - 12 mile runs and I've entered a half marathon in November. The more I run, the more I neglect my strengthening exercises, though, so that is my other focus for the autumn (as well as squeezing training into stressful working life). I get some stiffness in the hips and surrounding muscles, but never get pain these days. A fortnightly sports massage helps iron things out and stay niggle-free.
It's almost a year since my 2nd op and 20 months since the first. I don't regret having the ops at all.
Hi Tara. I don't live in MK but I'm a 2nd claim member of an excellent MK club called DLRR (David Lloyd Redway Runners). I joined them as they are a lovely bunch of people and very sociable/ encouraging - we recently jogged at the back of the MK half playing musical instruments. They cater really well for all sorts of runners and you'd meet a lot of people who are similar to you. They are also very cheap to join.
Have you tried the MK parkrun? It's a free 5k run every Saturday at Willen Lake. You'd also meet a lot of people there, if you don't find anyone on here.