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Lower Abdominal/Pelvic Pain While Running


I am a 17 year-old, 130 lb. female who has been running cross country for a year. I was recruited by a college to run cross country and I accepted. I have been training all summer, but a recent new road block has developed within the last 2 months, and it is keeping me from improving and completing my work-outs.

I get this terrible lower pelvic pain (left ovarian and uterine areas) roughly 10-15 minutes into a run. Intensity of the run doesn't seem to affect the severity of the pain. I do know that it only appears during the second half of my menstrual cycle (days 14-28 if a woman starts bleeding on day 1). It gets so bad that I have to stop running and sit down on the side of the road or trail and hug my knees for about 5 minutes. After the pain subsides, I can continue running without any problems.

I thought maybe it was an ovulation pain; that would explain pain during days 14-17, but not for days 18-28. Ovulation just doesn't last that long! I have tried a lot of things from a sports medicine perspective half-heartedly (changes in diet, hydration, stretching, etc). I am convinced that they won't work though; if this were a diet or hydration issue, I would've had these problems in the fall also. But I didn't.

Let's consider my past medical history: Maybe it's linked? I was diagnosed with granulosa cell ovarian cancer in April 2009. I lost my right ovary to it. I haven't had any follow-up therapy like chemo for the cancer because it was caught early. Doctors aren't overly concerned about my cancer for the time being.

So, needless to say, I am very confused. I read a similar thread on this site, and it gave a lot of ideas, but I wanted to see if anyone could come up with suggestions specific to my unique situation. I am glad, however, that I am not alone.

This pain needs to go away, and fast. I need to be able to run in a collegiate race without stopping and embarrassing myself. Thanks!

Mon. Aug 2, 2:54pm

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Pelvic pain while running

Your condition sounds just like what my 21 year old daughter is experiencing. Did you find out what is causing it?

Monday, June 24, 2013, 4:26 PM

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Please go see a doctor.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 12:24 PM

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Pelvic Pain while running

My daughter has the same issue after 1 1/2 miles of running. She too is a soccer play and triathlete and we have done PT for the pelvic and cervical area, eliminated birth control, reduced gluten, reduced dairy, added ibuprofen and even went as far as exploratory surgery and nothing has helped. We are very frustrated and would like to figure out what is going on.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 3:26 PM

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