Posted: 30/11/2013 at 19:49
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.