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z810840b
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Hi everyone- i am 3 1/2 years post treatment.I have stiffness and pain in my inner thigh area near the groin.Anyone else having similar symptoms?

AZANNIE
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I'm 9 months post treatment and for the last few weeks my right hip has been sore. If I sit for a long time, there's stiffness until I move around for awhile.

shirlann54
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I GET LIKE THAT TOO .Its my right leg .Ihave been out of treatments for 14 mo. Its hard for me to even but on a sock .I have a really hard time even painting my toe nails .washing my foot any thing i do with my right leg.

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Hey, it's so good to see my twin back on here, but sorry that you are feeling a little discomfort. This seems to be such a common side effect from the radiation. It happens to me (and I'd rather blame it on the treatment rather than old age!). Good stretching exercises can help and just keep moving. I have found that sitting for any length of time anymore really cripples me up for awhile. I hope you can find something that will help you get past this.

BTW, my 3 1/2 year post-treatment mark was reached on March 9th!

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z810840b
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hi twin...Congrats to you on 3 1/2 years!!!! Hugs alyse

Phoebesnow
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1 year and a few months out groin pain increasing. A screamer every once in a while, takes me by complete suprise. I just scream. Like a reflex. Never had pain like that before, usually i have dull aches in that area.

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I’ve had really tight hip muscles since about 9 months after treatment. I also get really badly cramped up after walking about 200 feet – so much so that I have to sit for a few minutes, then it goes away and I can continue on. I don’t exercise much and with the walking issues I’ve gotten even less exercise than before. I also had an intervening lengthy hospital stay (2 months in the hospital then 2 more months at home unable to get around much at all) that I think caused atrophy of some of the inner muscles. Radiation, the hospital stay, inactivity, age – I think they may all be attributing to my walking problems and hip tightness.

I went to physical therapy about a year ago and she gave me all kinds of stretches and strengthening exercises. She told me that atrophy like that won’t go away with just getting back to life and that special exercises were needed to target the affected areas. The exercises helped tremendously with flexibility but didn’t help the walking issue.

Recently (actually, just last Friday) I returned to physical therapy and this time she’s doing deep tissue massage. We started on Friday and one of the muscles she concentrated on was on the inner thigh near the groin (can’t remember the name of the muscle). The other was the piriformis, a muscle deep inside the butt. Wow, could I feel it when she massaged those muscles – pain that diminished as she continued the massage. I have relatively high hopes for the deep tissue massage.

I won’t be going back for a couple of weeks because of scheduling issues but when I do I’ll let you know how it progresses.

Rose

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I just wanted to wish you good results with the physical therapy. I'm a big believer in PT and I hope it will give you some relief!

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Thanks so much Martha! And I need to start exercising, at least some. Gotta be like you and do more to help myself. You're a very good example for all of us. :)

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You are very sweet. I do believe that exercise is so very important. I was very active before my diagnosis and one of the first things I thought of when I found out I had cancer was that I would never be able to do all of those activities again. Fortunately, I was wrong. I am actually training to do a marathon on April 21st. Realistically, I can not run the entire 26.2 miles, so there will have to be some walk breaks. I'll let you know how it goes! In the meantime, begin walking--that really is the best exercise!

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April 21st - not so very far from today. You can be very sure that you'll have a tremendous rooting section here on the forum! I think that's wonderful - congratulations in advance!

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I appreciate your support!

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Id be happy with doing a 1/2 so I truly admire your determination. Good luck!

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tufi000
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Forget the mahjong, do the golf.

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z810840b
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i agree sherry...but it sure does hurt...:-(

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tufi000
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Don't want you hurting princess. It's always something. We will talk and feel free to call and whine.

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I am a year and a half out and have the same problem. I believe it is scarring from the radiation pulling in. My sister in law is a myofacial release therapist and has been treating me for a couple of weeks. I have noticed it is helping with pain in my hips and legs. I am very lucky to have her helping me

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I am a year and a half out and have the same problem. I believe it is scarring from the radiation pulling in. My sister in law is a myofacial release therapist and has been treating me for a couple of weeks. I have noticed it is helping with pain in my hips and legs. I am very lucky to have her helping me

cap630
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Hi Alyse,
I have pain and stiffness too. I'm finding that water areobics is helping to relieve the stiffness.

duckyann
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I am almost 3 years post treatment and have been having more lower back, leg/thigh and groin pain than before. I always get scared that it is coming back but was just checked in the middle of December. My doc did tell me that I have a lot of scar tissue and that it does continue to change. I have to make a better effort to exercise more.

shirlann54
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I have pain in my lower back too.and my right leg and hip i have been taking walks thats helping me I,am 14 mo out of treatments. Shirley

duckyann
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Thanks Shirlann! I have to start walking more and exercising more.

sissy310
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Hello Z - I am 19 months out of treatment and noticed a few months ago that I was having increasing stiffness in the right hip,leg area. I have to keep moving and stretching or it becomes very stiff. It sounds like we all have some type of stiffness depending on various areas in the pelvic/hip area. I guess this is a part of the radiation side effect? I do know moving and keeping hydrated helps me more than if I am sitting a lot (I do sew a lot so I have to get up and walk around) and not hydrated. I too have to be more diligent about exercise...need to get back on the treadmill. It's been my New Year's resolution for at least five years now. :-) Marilyne

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z810840b
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hi everyone- Today i got a massage and she also stretched me.It was fabulous and i felt 90% better.Tonight the pain is back.I think if i continue to get stretched..the pain will dissipate .I know i need to keep moving. :-) alyse

eihtak
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Hi, I am just short of a year out of treatment and like everyone else have pain and stiffness in the pelvis and groin area for sure. When I was young I was a dance major and continued to stay flexible as I aged. (now 53) But.....now I can not even sit comfortable "indian style" dumb word but I think thats it????? I started a light yoga class a couple months ago concentrating on breathing, relaxation, and light stretching to improve circulation and lymphatic system.....what a difference!!!! Its been just wonderful and truely notice my pain and stiffness lessening.I do even just 15min. of stretching everyday, doesn't have to be a big time consuming or professional thing, just stretch and deep breaths in a relaxing atmosphere and you will feel great! Good luck.

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Indian style - no way! :) I'm glad just to be able to put one leg under the other. And that's a huge improvement from 2 years ago. I gotta try yoga - I keep hearing how good it is for us...

Thanks!

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I'm glad you are getting some help through massage and stretching. Obviously, the stretching is something we who suffer with this must keep doing. I have found it most helpful too. As a matter of fact, I'm going to stretch right now! Enjoy your weekend!

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Hi Alyse,

Was it deep tissue massage or regular massage? Not that I know the difference, but I'm starting deep tissue massage this Wednesday and am hoping it helps. I'm so glad whatever you're getting helps you! Even if the effects only last a little while right now, I'll bet in the long run it'll help a lot.

I wish I could say I'm going to stretch right now like you Martha, but NO. I was out this morning and have done enough for today. Oh, that's such a cop-out - maybe yes I will go do some stretching (after a little bit). :)

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z810840b
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Hi Rose- It was a regular massage.She worked on all my muscles,..The pelvic stretching was fantastic.I can't sit Indian style either..I'm going back tomorrow...alyse

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