So the symptoms included pain in my groin area mostly, but some pain and tightness into my adductor and up through my lower left abdomen. From what I understand, this injury is most prevalent in hockey players and football players and people that move aggressively from side to side. My injury presented itself when I was doing flip turns off of the wall while swimming and using a pull buoy at the same time. I guess I can see how this may have happened. My pain did progress up to my abdominal area especially one night in the middle of my sleep, I awoke with dull achy pain in my lower left abdominal. This was scary because it hurt so bad for a few days until I could get in to see a specialist. I walked with a big limp. Also, it terribly hurt to cough, sneeze, laugh, and cry, and that made me cry even more. This was the absolute worse pain that I have experienced compared to any other injury that I have had in the past. (Clavicle break/tendonitis/ITBand/etc.) During this time, I did a lot of crying, because it would hurt every time I would try to move. I felt like I couldn't escape pain for a good month of time. You don't realize how much you use your abdominal muscles in everything you do until you have a tear in them, and it hurts every time you move. When I did get in to see the doctor, he gave me a nerve block that helped almost immediately and got even better over a few days. At this time, the Doctor told me that these injuries rarely heal on their own, so I decided that surgery would be my only option. For the first time in about 6 weeks, I felt like I could finally get over this injury now that I knew exactly what I had to do. I had laprascopic surgery to repair my tear on Monday and the doctor said the tear was actually a lot bigger than he expected to see. The surgeon inserted mesh into my lower abdomen/groin area under my lowest layer of transverse abdominal muscle layer. A few days post surgery my lower abdominal/groin area is swollen and it hurts a little more than I expected, but I am just happy that I am moving forward hopefully.
|Definitely bloated and swollen - Looking like a marshmallow.|
So now while I am healing and recovering, I have taken up knitting, painting our whole house, and spending lots of time with family and friends. I am lucky to have great support and a plan to get moving again. I have my heart set on doing a race late fall, but I have to listen to my body. Until then, I might become a pro-knitter (just kidding - I am pretty awful!)
|Not very good knitter! Xtra skinny scarf maybe?|
|Jeremy starting our painting/laying down floor project that we have been putting off for 3 years!|