Question - Leg Muscle Injury
I work out a lot, my friend says too much, but it is how I deal with stress. I have an injury that is causing significant pain, but because I NEED to work out I keep going (usually included up to 20 miles on bike, 4 miles walk, 4 miles rollerblade and up to 37 martial art forms plus sit ups and light weights with the Wednesday night youth group activities it may add in soccer or other fun stuff with youth).
When I was 16 (1995) injured left hamstring area, healed but in spite of constant stretching it never regained all flexibility. I have been very active since age 13.
In 2006 I injured the left hamstring area (really high up in bottocks)again playing soccer. It improved slightly with physical therapy and restricted activity, but never quit hurting. For the past 4 months the pain has been unreal and has almost put me down literally multiple times. If i try a quick movement the severe sharp pain either causes the brain to say stop and then the muscle doesn't work or it becomes weak..i am not sure which.
The pain is no longer just in the buttocks area. It will shoot down the leg and the back of the calf and knee will tighten up bad and feel swollen if I continue to use it, especially if on uneven terrain. The front of the hips are extremely tender to the touch (like right inside the hip bones). I need to keep working out, but my pain tolerance level is getting taxed. I am also dealing with severe long thoracic nerve damage in right shoulder with extreme annoying pain in the scapula area on a daily basis. Do you have any advice???