Asked 8 years, 3 months ago

What Underlies My Hamstring Pain?

I’m 37 and small framed at 99 lbs, 5’ 1”, with chronic pain in the back of my left thigh for several months. It started when I was training for a marathon, even though I was following a very conservative run-walk program. I was originally diagnosed with hamstring tendonitis. I quite running for about three weeks and went through several weeks of physical therapy, but the pain would resume almost immediately, even when increasing my mileage very gradually. Nothing showed up on an MRI of my left leg.

I only run about three times a week, 20 to 30 miles, and so I don’t feel this is an overuse injury. I have difficulty believing I have tendonitis. The pain is often most noticeable on days when I’m not doing any activity, for example when I stand up at work after sitting all day. I’ve been running for years and always increase my mileage and/or speed gradually, and have never before had problems with my left leg. Over the last few months, I’ve begun to have tailbone pain, particularly after running (and rarely during). My regular physician gave me a basic exam and some anti-inflammatories for this. I’m a bit at a loss as to who to see next—another orthopedist, or perhaps a chiropractor? I really would like to get to the bottom of this problem, and not suffer through more trial and error.

Linda Bell
New Albany, IN


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