Here?s my story, sorry about the novel, but I?m worried and need some sincere educated opinions
I am a 20 year old healthy male and have always been an extremely active, bodily conscious, nutritious person in great shape and participate seriously in mountain biking, kayaking, snowboarding, MMA type training, running, and heavy lifting.
About 7-8 months ago, I was simply curling a straight bar and felt a slight "pop" or "bump" on the edge of my oblique (psoas muscle I believe) It only had some mild pain associated with it right at the moment. I even finished my workout without really thinking about it.
The next day I did my normal workout routine and while doing oblique declined sit-ups, I felt a slight discomfort in that area so I stopped working out that day and rested the next. It went away completely. The next night, not even thinking twice about the little incident, I worked a heavy bag for a good 20 minutes and sorry to be graphic but got lucky that night, and the next day I woke up with severe "discomfort" on the edge of my oblique. For the next week I had to be very careful doing everyday activities like bowel movements, coughing, or even getting into bed. I became quite conscious about it and started mildly stretching and very lightly working it out and after a few weeks of rest and it got much better. But after that there was a very slight discomfort or tight feeling in that area all the time. This is about the time I started being able to actually feel it becoming raised up more than the other side. I actally thought it was a hernia for quite some time but was recently ruled out.
After about 2 months I started working out again with not too much problems but always felt a very slight tight feeling or discomfort in that area, and couldn?t strain myself like I used to. Then one day about 3 weeks later I decided to step up my workout and the next day I woke back up with the same terrible discomfort as the first time. At this point I felt pretty stupid, scared and helpless. I knew I was in for quite a long recovery time this time.
Since then, it has never gone away and is VERY easily re-injured by something as simple as almost slipping on ice or sleeping different. About 2 months ago, I was able to make quite a bit of the pain subside by stretching and lightly working it out again, it actually started feeling normal for a few days, BUT OUT OF NOWHERE, the feelings came back. It has been about a 2 straight months of pain and discomfort making it impossible for me to do any type of the sports or activities I love.
If I compare one side with the other, my right side (injured) is bumpy, and about twice as large as the left side, I?m guessing it?s just a mess of scar tissue. It takes me about 10 minutes of slow stretching in the shower every morning for the extreme tight feeling to go away.
Pain and discomfort is greatly increased when I am full from eating, or have a full bladder. I have to be very careful while urinating not to try and "push" it out" or else I will feel slightly sharp and annoying pains.
Right now I am on my 3rd "self physical therapy session" of stretching and its getting SLIGHTLY better but just does NOT want to stretch out. I am beginning to become worried that I have done permanent damage. Doctors have begun to just kind of shrug me off because they can?t find any hard evidence. DOES ANYONE RECOMEND AN MRI?? I?ve already had a CT scan to rule out a hernia, but this did not show any muscle damage. This injury has not only kept me from staying active and keeping fit in favorite sports, but has significantly cut into my mood and confidence, throwing me into a funk I?ve never been in. Now I am worried and convinced I will not be able to work for the tree service I make big bucks at when I come back home from college.
What I am asking is if anyone has ever had such muscle injuries and how they healed them. I have seen several doctors about a possible hernia and that has been ruled out by CT scan. They all tell me it will be better in no more than 6 weeks....HA
I found a diagram online that shows pretty much the exact point of injury. http://www.yorku.ca/earmstro/journey...tobliques.jpeg
It is right where the bottom arrow is pointing right at the edge of the oblique.
Currently I am trying hot compresses accompanied constant stretching by reaching for the sky, kneeling and leaning forward, and laying on my stomach and pushing up with my arms to stretch the abdominals.
THANKS FOR YOUR TIME!
any input greatly apreciated