What is this pain and what should I do about it, if anything?
May 25, 2009 10:24 AM Subscribe
What is this pain in my hip, how can I make it go away, and should I make a doctor's appointment yet?
posted by booknerd to health & fitness (10 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Yesterday morning I woke up early to take my dog to the vet hospital. I went to the waiting room to sit down, and all of a sudden felt a sharp pain in my left hip, right around the outer lower part. It's not really a dull muscle-y pain, but is pretty sharp and feels like it's inside the joint, almost as if something was a bit out of place. It's not noticeable when I'm standing up, but is particularly bad when I'm sitting.
Later in the day yesterday, I laid down for a bit and it wasn't too noticeable. It was definitely less painful while lying down than while sitting. I took some ibuprofen throughout the day, whimpered and bit, and just hoped it would go away by the morning. Last night though, I just couldn't get comfortable at all, and the pain seemed to have gotten a lot worse. Lying on my side (either side), on my back, on my stomach, all resulted in pretty bad pain. I tried putting a pillow under my hip, then under my stomach, then under my legs, then under my back, to adjust the angle. Finally, I was able to get to sleep lying on my stomach with a pillow under my hip to elevate it a bit, but it was still uncomfortable... just not as sharp of a pain as if I was lying in a different position. It wasn't noticeable when I woke up this morning, until I tried to roll over on my side... then it hurt. When I got up, I realized it was still bothering me, especially when I had to bend at the hip for any reason. Now that I'm at work, sitting in a fancy Aeron chair, it's still hurting.
Other salient details: I'm in my mid-20s, usually run on a treadmill a few miles a week, but only ran about two miles last week. No history of joint pain or hip problems, although this hip does sometimes "pop" while having sex (but with no pain, just a bit of noise). Actually, come to think of it, I sometimes get cramps in this hip after/during sex too, but I never really thought anything of it because it doesn't last more than a minute and doesn't happen every time.
I have health insurance and am okay with going to see the doctor if it's necessary, but I usually take a wait and see approach with this sort of thing and would only normally go if it bothers me for several days in a row. The next available appointment probably won't be for at least a few days, so it seems silly to make an appointment if it will go away on its own before then. Also, it's a hassle to take time off of work if it's not necessary. Any thoughts, MeFites? Is this a problem I should just ignore until it goes away? If so, how can I deal with the pain aside from taking ibuprofren? Is it likely to be something serious? Should I go to the doctor?