Patient Comments: Hamstring Injury - Cause

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Comment from: Edski , 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 23

I threw my right leg up on a table for a hamstring stretch. I leaned forward too abruptly and heard a popping sound coming from the inside middle to lower hamstring. I think it might just be a strain, not a tear. Twenty four hours later, there was no visual bruising. I’ve been resting, icing, compressing and elevating. Thirty six hours later, I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel with the healing process. I think I’ll be ok in another 20 days.

Comment from: Adabutterfly, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

I fell off the right side of my horse. Left foot was caught in the stirrup at the top of the saddle which created an abnormal stretch of the back of my leg and caused the hamstring injury. Every time that it started to heal and I used it slightly, it seems to get worse and go backwards as far as healing is concerned. It took three or four months to get complete healing.

Comment from: igk, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 27

I slipped and fell with the injured leg going in front of me hyper extended causing the hamstring injury.

Comment from: hekrishna, 55-64 Male Published: September 09

Glad to see your web site on incontinence. My story is, I am a heavy coffee drinker, say 16 cups a day double double. Habit made while travelling. Now it is 9 years since incontinence developed. Two years ago, family doctor tested for prostate, liver, kidney, urinary tract, hernia, etc., and all negative except right side hernia. I have urination 4 times at night and day time 8 to 9 times; urge incontinence. Sometimes I pass urine in car, while walking on road, etc. I have no idea what to do, many remedies tried but of no help so far. I am an active man, walking a lot, etc., and a pure vegetarian since birth.

Comment from: Pete, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 18

I slipped on ice with my left foot. My left leg skidded forward and my right leg went behind me. I fell back onto my right leg and felt a terrific strain on my hamstrings then a sudden shock. The pain was very severe and I couldn't move my leg at all or even sit. I was also on warfarin since I had atrial fibrillation. It took 3.5 hours for an ambulance to arrive in wet and cold conditions, and my core temperature dropped severely. Turns out I had torn my hamstring at the buttocks and in the middle, and also my calf muscle. I lost a large amount of blood internally and needed 3 pints transfusion. MRI showed a large hematoma running down my femur that will take a year to be absorbed. After 5 weeks I can just about walk with one crutch, but it will take several weeks before I can walk normally. The initial pain was horrendous, and even now it is sore to walk and I feel very weak when I try to walk unaided. Main pain after 5 weeks is at joint of thigh and buttocks and in the middle of my calf. I have always been active, playing football and rugby, and also middle distance runner from 12 till until aged around 45.

Comment from: Gerald Drake, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 06

I was working and I reached out over a rail too far when I felt something give in the back of my lower leg. I have no pain but it hurts when I walk. I wonder if I have injured my hamstring. I'm at sea and won't be in port for another couple of weeks.

Comment from: Wildbird , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

I was severely constipated so I got hemorrhoids. While trying hard to pass stools I felt pain in my left buttock and back of my thigh, to realize later it could be hamstring injury.

Comment from: Big Dennis, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 29

I have had atrial fibrillation for over 3 years. I tried living with it, but I started getting depressed and feeling more run down every month. Four cardioversions did not help. I finally had an ablation on 12/23/2015. So far it is working, but it is too soon to say how successful it is. My heart is in rhythm and I feel better every day.

Comment from: norovirus, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 15

The stomach flu hit me around 3.30 pm on a Friday, and now on Monday I can finally eat some crackers and drinking Gatorade. The stomach cramps the first two days were unreal, never have I felt pain like that and I have a decent threshold for pain. Now on day 4 the cramps are minor and my belly is a little sore. I had diarrhea for the entire time but never crazy out of control. Now I'm noticing it is a dark green color which says that the bacteria is finally making its way out. Good luck to anyone that gets this as I wouldn't wish it on anyone!

Comment from: shahid, Published: December 10

I am a retired soldier who was exposed to a lot of firing of small as well as heavy weapons without any ear protection kit. For the last couple of years there is a ringing noise especially at nights when it is calm outside. Recently my sleep is quite disturbed although I have been regularly taking Ativan table 1 mg every night for last couple of years. When the effect of this tablet decreases I start dreaming quite bad and do not feel fresh when I wake up. I need an expert opinion how to cope up. All my life I have been suffering from allergic rhinitis and keep using nasal sprays for post nasal drip.

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Comment from: Mrs B., 75 or over Female Published: October 27

I am going through chemotherapy and I just noticed my ring finger turning red first on the side and spreading up to the middle and sore to touch. I soaked it with equal parts of white vinegar and water and I scraped banana peel and applied around it with the use of Band-Aid. Now it is starting to dry and I have less pain. I went to show it to my doctor the following day and he advised me to put triple antibiotic if my paronychia got worse. He asked me what I put, and I said I tried to use my emergency home remedy and it helps.

Comment from: bob, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 12

I'm 71. I was sprinting about 300 yards to try to catch a train and the area around my hamstrings gave out. I take blood thinners. The area above my knees in the back is deep purple. I can walk but there is some pain. It's been about ten days now.

Comment from: Lydia, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 24

While herding cows and 4 wheeler tipped, my left foot caught under gear and the right foot was extended. My shirt caught on the throttle, and result was pulled left hamstring.

Comment from: MichelleH, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 16

The hamstring injury happened in winter. I stepped over a pile of frozen snow onto what I thought was bare concrete. It was actually black ice. I fell and hit my hamstring on the frozen snow. I had horrible pain, and was unable to stand. They told me at the clinic that it was a bruised hamstring. I turned black and blue from buttocks down. I was unable to sit in chair, muscle spasms, and walked with limp. I insisted on seeing an orthopedic who sent me for an MRI. I had a stage 3 tear and had to have surgery to repair it.

Comment from: craig, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 03

I was doing intermittent running, i.e., stopping and starting on uneven ground when I got my hamstring injury. I am not very fit as I lead a very sedentary life. As I stepped forward I heard a 'pop' noise and a twinge on the back of my leg directly behind the knee. I stopped and limped off the field.

Comment from: Soulrunner, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

I felt a pop just below my left buttock and at the top of my thigh at the back while doing deep squats. No pain immediately after the hamstring injury and it only felt sore in the area as the day wore on.

Comment from: Millie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 05

I am not an athletic person. I entered my house, took my boots off. In socks I took a step forward with my right foot ending in doing a perfect cheerleader split as flat as my legs would go. My left leg was behind me. I had no control and the pain in my upper, posterior thigh was unbearable. All I could do is moan and cry for maybe 20 minutes. I ended up in emergency room for hamstring injury. That was 5 days ago. I am still in severe pain, the massive dark purple bruise runs from my buttock to below my knee. The buttock, whole leg down to foot is swollen.

Comment from: Fi0na, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

Like a few others here, a slippery surface led me to slide into the splits inadvertently. I think the pain and swelling after (and having to drive 2 hours in a manual car) was the worst agony I have ever experienced, including ACL, childbirth and hip replacement. So glad to see I am not alone.

Comment from: horseoats, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

I was injured in my hamstring while making a quick run from an active bee nest. I don't recall the actual reason for the fall, whether it was a trip on something or not, but next thing I knew I was flat out on the ground in extreme pain. My knee was bent and I could not straighten it. I was in extreme pain and was non-weight bearing.

Comment from: Kathy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 03

My hamstring injury was cause exiting a kayak as a large wave hit. One leg was on land, and the other still in the kayak and was being pulled forcefully into an unnatural splits position.

Comment from: zeyneczar, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 22

I just injured my hamstring-gluteal muscle when my Siberian husky got loose from his leash and I chased him and stepped on his leash to stop him. I felt the pain immediately and it is painful to walk and sit. I can bend my knee and cross my knee, but sitting in a certain position causes pain. I am icing it, resting and taking Aleve.

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Comment from: UnkleBob, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 11

I was mountain biking on 7/14, crossing a log, standing on pedals. I got a cramp at the same time I was pushing the pedal with that leg to get the back wheel over. I felt/heard a pop, ended up at the bottom of steep fall next to the trail. I'm bruised butt to knee now, with a hamstring injury, not to mention the other scrapes and bruises resulting from the fall.

Comment from: Ace, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 17

Playing hockey, carrying the puck, I “hit the brakes" to avoid a check, and yikes, tightened muscles at the back of braking leg. It hurt for rest of the game, still sore today, but plan to play tomorrow and rest of the month, will have the summer to rehab if necessary.

Comment from: Matt, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: October 22

I was 19 years old, I was rounding third base in a full out sprint. As I stepped on the base, I felt a horrible pain, and I was face planted in the ground holding my hamstring. For the first time in my life I didn't even think about getting back to the base. I couldn't stand, I couldn't move, I couldn't bend it and finally crawled off the field. I still had to drive my 5-speed home and it was my clutch leg too. I developed a nasty, yellow, green, black and blue bruise across the back of my thigh of course, which lasted for almost two months. I took 9 months to rehab and heal before pushing it. For a couple years after, I had problems with slight pulls, but 6 or 7 years later now, I've learned to stretch it correctly and now I just have pictures of the nasty bruise to remember it.

Comment from: Angus, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 08

My hamstring injury was caused by kite surfing. When landing my foot slipped resulting in doing a split. I now have a huge bruise around my calf and testicles. I find it painful, more so when standing, and I am walking slowly with a limp.

Comment from: bonamar, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 14

My rheumatic fever (RF) was never diagnosed, not enough symptoms. Later I had secondary thrombosis after taking the early birth control pill for about 3 months. I was then told I had RF and all my veins were varicose.

Comment from: Debbieratliff, 19-24 Female Published: April 15

I had a cesarean and several years later a hysterectomy where some lymph nodes were taken. Doctors went in the same place as my C-section from navel to pubic bone. Now I have constant pain in my right side, sometimes left and lower back pain, maybe because of adhesions. It is really hard to have bowel movement most of the time.

Comment from: bo, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 12

I raised my leg and upon full extension of my leg, I pulled my hamstring. The hamstring felt horrible and hurt so bad.

Comment from: maydaynm, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 15

The cause of my hamstring injury was reaching forward to grab something while siting with my feet under me and spread a couple of feet apart.

Comment from: Jack, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 16

I injured my hamstring when I bent over, on a slope, to pick up a tee on a golf course.

Comment from: KJ, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

I was in a deep squat lifting a piece of furniture. When I went to stand, I felt a pop in my glutes.

Comment from: sleepdoc, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I stepped into a puddle of floor polish on a polished marble floor in a mall. My leg went straight forward into the splits. The doctor at the hospital treated it as nothing but a strain, but I had to be carried to my hotel room. I haven't iced it as much as I should. I am less than 1 week out. I can hobble along, but still in lots of pain. I will see my doctor this week.

Comment from: Bill, 45-54 Male Published: December 27

Walking to the front of a moving bus, my leg zigged when I thought it would zag and I fell, butt first on the sharp corner of a seat arm rest. Was training for a marathon and took a week off. That seemed to do the trick although there was a hint of occasional pain especially running downhill. During the marathon I had a terrible groin pain. It subsided and I soldiered on. I went to the doc the next day who then set me up with an MRI. It came back saying I had a separated tendon on my medial hamstring at the hip (point of impact of my fall earlier). The groin was causing me the most pain but the tendon seemed to be the most serious. Sports medicine did not require surgery to my surprise and relief. The groin was improving but suddenly the pain at the hamstring tendon reappeared 10 months later. Am I stuck with this? Doc said that without surgery it would reattach to a neighboring tendon.

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Comment from: Nasser, 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: May 17

About 5 days ago, I was playing soccer at school, when suddenly I felt a very slight amount of pain in my right hamstring, since it wasn't severe I decided to continue playing the game, I had the ball at my feet and went for a sprint and during that sprint the muscle suddenly started to hurt, but I stopped immediately before it got any worse. It didn't really hurt badly at the beginning, and it currently doesn't hurt when walking or swimming, but whenever I start to sprint I feel pain on the hamstring. So I was just wondering about the required treatment, and how long would it take.

Comment from: MommaMary, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 16

I had to go to a local hospital that is several miles in square feet. Just walking from one door to another is a work out. My father was having a triple bypass surgery. It was winter time and we live in the southern region, so instead of snow, we get cold rains. It was raining out when I took the trip so I opted to wear boots. The only boots I had were high heeled boots. When I got there with my two children in tow, I had to walk about a half mile to get to the surgery floor. The kids decided they were hungry, so my brother and I went to the cafeteria, which is about another half mile walk. My brother has longer legs than I and I had trouble keeping up with him. Then we walked back to surgery and shortly after that, we had to make the trek from surgery to recovery... it was a long walk at a very brisk pace to keep up with the nurse. I didn't feel it until the next day. And I have been feeling it since. It hurts when I stand up. My muscle from my butt to about the back of my knee cramps up severely. I have to gradually stretch it out. It hurts to move, to turn over in bed, to walk, (I have been limping since) And sitting is especially painful. If I sit one way, my leg goes numb, and if I sit another way, it pulls constantly, I have to sit funny. I didn't know what was wrong because I never felt a 'pop' like I hear others talking about. I just started hurting the next day, terribly so. My doc said it was a sciatic nerve... but last I checked, nerves don't do muscle spasms. I treated it like a sciatic and nothing changed. So I started treating it like a pulled, possibly torn muscle, and noticed results right away. I did my research too. I have been taking potassium and magnesium pills, they help with muscle cramps. Also drinking lots of fluid to keep from dehydrating, I took it easy at first, but that seemed to only make matters worse in the long run, so now I am walking again, and stretching and just trying to work through this. I got a little sad when I read that it may take up to eleven months to fully re-coup... but I am a tough ol' bird and now I know for sure what I am dealing with, I will put it to good use and with realistic expectations, pull through this like a champ.. :) Thanks to every one for all your posts, they have been most helpful.

Comment from: joani, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 01

I stepped into a puddle on a polished stone floor in Mexico. My right foot kept going and I did a very fast forward split. My body weight was over my foot. My leg went numb for a few seconds and then pins and needles. The pain was incredible. I could not weight bear at all without buckling. A doctor at the resort thought I just pulled the muscle and advised rest and ice and voltaren. 2 days later my whole upper leg inner and back was purple and very swollen. Ultrasound showed grade 2 tear of my semimembranosus and semitendinosus muscles and tendon tear. 3 months to heal!!!

Comment from: Connie, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 27

I was quickly trotting up the stairs with a glass bottle in my left hand and my flip flop on my right foot hit the stair which was sending me flat onto my face. My immediate reaction was not to land on my face and grabbed the railing with my right hand and that's when I felt my right hamstring go pop! It was so painful I screamed and wasn't even sure if I could get myself up. I never did land on my knees but caught myself dangling. The pain was instant from under my right butt straight down to my ankle! When I sit I feel like I sat on a sock or something but there's a slight bulge there. Very difficult to go from sitting to standing. I've been icing it and heat for relief. I have a feeling I'm in for a long recuperation period.

Comment from: Jill, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

Was sprinting for a fly ball and gave a short burst to get to it. Felt a snap in my right hamstring area and fell hard. Had immediate sensation of pain and couldn't walk off the field. Went to ER because of the intense pain and spasms. Grade II injury with bruising from upper area of hamstring to below the knee. very painful for days. It is now 11 weeks post-injury and I can still feel tightness when I walk. Cannot run yet. Have been faithfully stretching and do elliptical workouts but I feel like this is going to be a long road of recovery.

Comment from: Claire, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

Horseplay, I was picked up and thrown onto a bed and my legs went up over my head when I landed. Felt it immediately severe pain. My right leg didn't work for months. I felt pain from my butt all the way down to my ankle. I couldn't sit without my leg feeling dead. I held the back of my leg and butt when I walked, sat, drove in the car. Stretching was painful. But, I had to keep moving or it felt dead & painful. I've always been very athletic and I know you’re supposed to work through the pain. It's been about 11 months and I'm finally getting full range of stretching. Still fill the tenderness when I walk on an incline, jog and stretch. I thought it would never get better and I would feel this pain forever. Patience and taking it slow worked for me. You have got to work through it.

Comment from: Jm, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: March 15

I have an abscess on my right tonsil. I am very worried this was already too long, about three months ago. I already went to two doctors but nothing changes.

Comment from: Tweety bird, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 01

I fell backwards on my hand with all my weight. The doctor says I was lucky I didn't shatter it! But I don't know which bone it is, so I am wondering which one is fractured.

Comment from: paul, 35-44 (Patient) Published: February 26

I hurt my hamstring bouldering, while attempting a heel hook.

Comment from: eddiebmartinez, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 01

I slipped on water in the kitchen. My left leg went forward and my right let when backward. I did a split and then fell to my left side to the floor. The pain was so bad I could not move for about 10 minutes. It has been 2 months and I am still in pain. All along the back of my left leg and now after all this time, the front of my left leg is starting to hurt (not sure why) Just wish to be back to my old self.

Comment from: ironlady, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 26

I was playing golf and walking on the course and suddenly I felt pain in the right-rear upper leg. Two days later, I was again on the golf course and walking up a hill when I felt an intense pain/pop in that area. When I bent down to get the ball out of the hole, I was hit with extreme pain again. I finished the round, took painkillers, and a week later went to the ortho doctor who diagnosed it. I’m using NSAIDs, 200 mg daily, and exercising by stretching

Comment from: johnny G, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 13

Playing 3rd base, batter hits a shot between me and the foul line. I lunge for the ball and made a nice back handed stop. Unfortunately, I felt something in my left thigh. It's been 5 weeks now, I'm at about 90% healed, still a little frightened to use it.

Comment from: Ma5terchief, 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: October 09

I was weight lifting a while ago and pulled a hamstring. Now I cant sit down long because it hurts if I do. It's been hurting since early June but not as much now.

Comment from: 0315, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 09

I was in the gym doing dead lifts with 225 lbs. Usually I warm up with light leg presses and stretching but the gym was really crowded and I didn't want to lose my spot, so I didn't warm up properly. With the first rep I felt and heard a pop and doubled over with intense pain. I stopped immediately and limped to the car to drive home. For about 3 hours I felt terrible. I had nausea and dizziness when I'd stand up. I'm iced for 30 minutes 4 times/day for 2 days and took some NSAIDs. I kept waiting for the buising to show up but it never did. I'm 48 and amazed at how fast it's improved. I injured it last Friday morning; today is Wednesday and I went for a slow jog and ended up doing 5 miles. I feel some stiffness but no pain an hour after running. I plan on being very careful with the weights. I won't do any leg work in the gym for at least another week and a half and very lightly when I start back.

Comment from: grifep, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 09

I was playing short in softball and was running toward second and jumped for a liner over my head. I immediately felt a pop in my left hammy. Followed by intense pain from my butt to the back of my knee. This just happened yesterday and is still very painful, especially with movement and going from sitting to standing!

Comment from: horsegirl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 28

I was working my horse, long lining in a sand arena, when he jolted forward. I took a big step after him overstretching my left leg while he pulled on me. I felt a rippling, nasty feeling down my hamstring and a popping sound. I went down to the ground and had to crawl out. Now, four days later, there is a bit of blue on the back of my leg, and even though I can walk, it still hurts a lot. I keep thinking I am sitting on my phone because of the hard muscle in my butt. This is going to take a while to recover they say.

Comment from: Franconyc, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 13

I was playing first base and stretched out to catch the ball. I felt something pop in my hamstring area.

Comment from: golf hamstring injur, 75 or over Male Published: September 09

Hamstring was injured hitting a driver on the golf course. On the downswing there was a pop in the right buttocks area as I drove foreward with the right leg during the beginning of the downswing.

Published: June 09

I was getting on my horse bareback and had not stretched. I had not ridden bareback this season and flung my right leg over the horse and heard a pop and a very severe pain in my right buttock all the way to my knee. I am finding that ibuprofen and elevation are helpful.

Comment from: albert, 45-54 Male Published: April 05

A girl bet me I couldn't pick up a shot glass from the floor with my mouth without bending my knees. (I wasn't drinking.) Having done lots of yoga this would normally be very simple. Wide stance, shot glass on floor between feet. I bent down too abruptly with no warm up and felt what I'm assuming was a major rip. Now I’m all black and blue. I have an MRI next week. What an idiot.

Comment from: maggiejeen, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 01

I fell on the ice while shoveling snow. My big snow boot got caught behind the other one and down I went. I felt a pop and couldn't believe the pain in my leg. It radiated from the hip and tailbone right down to my heel. It took me a few minutes to catch my breath and a few more to get up. It’s a grade 3 hamstring pull. Ouch! I’m still recovering.

Comment from: Rhode Island Red, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

It was winter. The office parking lot was frozen with ice. At lunch, I carefully walked to my car. When I tried to open the car door, it jerked because it was frozen. My feet went flying out from under me, and my right buttock side landed on the door frame of the car. It was so painful I thought I broke something. I was fine the next day, but a month later ended up in severe pain, radiating down the outside of my leg, my quad area, and right buttock. Diagnosis: injured hamstring. I have been seeing a PT guy for 2.5 years.

Comment from: Will B, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 21

I was stooping and picking up my 85 lb 14 year old yellow lab to put her into the back of my jeep. She squirmed and put me on my toes in a squat, and I felt a hard snap at the top of my thigh. Pain was intense, and bending or twisting at the waist is still very painful after Advil and Tylenol on advise of the doctor. Icing the thigh. I am a runner, but have always had problems with very tight hamstrings.

Comment from: diane, Female Published: November 16

I started running again after a 6 month break. I never warm up and after the 2nd run the problems started. The following day I had pain and stiffness in my buttock and then the following day in went into the muscle at the back of my leg. I can still feel it 4 days later and wondering if it is a hamstring injury or a tear.

Comment from: Cecil B., 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 01

My symptoms feel exactly like "Moonclub" - with under thigh hurting while sitting and driving a car. Sometimes the pain goes behind my left knee and occasionally below - in calf area. Sometimes in my lower butt on left side. I don't know how I injured myself but it has gone on for over 3 months. Sometimes, not much pain at all; sometimes it gets severe.

Comment from: twilight35, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 01

My daughter was in dance/drill team practice; she had warmed up her muscles, but went to do some further stretching in order to practice her splits. She went to do a runner's lunge and felt and heard a pop. ER said strain to her hamstring. See her regular doctor on Monday and will ask for a sports medicine referral if needed.

Comment from: alicia1cheer, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: October 04

I'm a cheerleader and last winter I pulled/tore my hamstring doing my left splits, then this fall I was doing right splits and it popped and I don't know if I just pulled it or have a slight tear, So now I have a hamstring injury in both legs and I don't have time to rest it because my sport is all year.

Comment from: MoonClub, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 21

My hamstring injury hurts whenever I am sitting down and pressure is on the upper part of the leg. It also hurts the right side of my back and the right knee. My injury occurred when I fell.

Comment from: George, 55-64 Male Published: August 09

A week ago I had just spent some time in a cold swimming tank and accepted a football challenge from my grandson. I was just about to score the winning goal when dodging left I felt a pain hit me in the right butt. The pain has now moved down my leg to back of knee, but at least I can hobble about. No more football and no half marathon.

Comment from: luckyboy555, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 22

I got my hamstring injury from playing tennis. I was running backwards to hit a ball when I tripped.

Comment from: 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 20

I got my hamstring injury as I was backing down a hill on my 700 pound motorcycle. When I turned the bike began to lean to the left. I put my left leg down to hold it and I heard a loud pop and extreme pain. The bike and I fell to the ground with the bike on top of me. Took me some time to get the bike off of me and literally crawl to lay down on the grass.

Comment from: Cube, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 12

I was trying to get up on a slalom water ski when I pulled my hamstring. I am left foot forward and that was the leg that was injured. This is the second time that this leg has been injured attempting to get up on a slalom ski. Hard for me to admit that I may be done water skiing.

Comment from: myo, 35-44 Male Published: June 30

I'm a bodybuilder and I was doing leg extension and leg curls back to back to warm up for squats. On 3rd set of warm up I heard a pop under right glute, I was supposed to do 4 sets. So I stopped and went to squat from 135lbs to 495 lbs no problem. Today the injured area is extremely stiff and sore, no bruise. I've been icing and plan to lay off leg workouts for 6 weeks.

Comment from: stupid, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 24

I am 45 and was trying to show my 15 year old that I can still do a cartwheel... bad idea. I knew as soon as I started it would end bad. Everyone around me heard a huge pop and that was it.

Comment from: flowers, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 03

During my youngest daughter's Field Day, there was the "opportunity" to race the other moms. We took off and others were pulling ahead. So I gave a quick burst and felt what seemed like a rubberband pop on the bottom of my left buttocks (my hamstring). I thought, "keep going". I made 1/2 a stride more and down I went. Going down, I knew I wasn't walking off the field.

Comment from: Dianne, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 01

We were playing our second set in tennis on an early morning in Barbados. Very hot day, little or no wind. My partner hit a drop shot and me at 54 years old ran like a demon to save the point. I got there and just as I was about to return the shot, I felt my right leg give out and I had absolutely no strength and dove and skidded into the astro turf. My left leg is all scabbed as is my elbow and my right hamstring is definitely strained. I am on day four and feeling a little better with each day. Watch out for hot days and tennis---no matter what time of the day!!!!!!!

Comment from: Daisy, Published: June 01

Total knee replacement surgery led to swelling and exercise to reduce swelling. The Ham String is sore and when I stretch the leg, I feel a pop and stress on the back of the knee.

Comment from: faye, 55-64 (Patient) Published: May 26

A 5 k race in a cold day almost 3 months ago. I never quit exercising and it took me a long time to get back to slow jogging and I still feel the pain in my right hamstring.

Comment from: dg2b, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 25

I was doing squats with a barbell and lost my footing, so I quickly tried to re-rack the bar, and in the process pulled my hamstring. I had only warmed up for 5 minutes instead of my usual 15, so I guess everything was still a bit tight. Luckily, it seems like it is only a Grade I strain since there has been no bruising yet.

Comment from: 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 23

I was playing softball and did not stretch before playing. Was batting and got a hit. When I ran to first I felt a pain in both legs and knew that I had pulled my hamstrings. Right leg is much worse than the left one. Luckily it has not turned black and blue.

Comment from: Granny, 55-64 (Caregiver) Published: May 11

I almost collapse with the pain in back of my thigh about 7 year ago. Because I am an older female, I underwent nerve testing and blood testing. Until recently was diagnosed with pulled hamstring, severe on the left and mild to severe on the right. I have to stretch a lot before walking or doing the elliptical. But it does feel better afterwards. It hurts more when I do not exercise! Anyway I am so relieved it was not related to my back, pinched nerves, or worse.

Comment from: ianfm, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 26

I got my hamstring injur while sprinting during a football match. Getting up to full speed and felt sharp pain at the back of my left leg. I could not walk and had to be supported off the field.

Comment from: SSkinner, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 15

70 year old woman slipped in wet grass and basically did a split that would have made a cheerleader proud. Hamstring now black blue and purple. Knee ligaments also hurt like crazy. Just when life was going great, can change in a SPLIT-second (pardon the pun).

Comment from: gerry, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 15

I was playing pickle ball, ran up for a short shot when something dramatic happened. Suddenly I was on the floor is terrible pain from my butt down to the back of my knee and simply could not move. Hamstring tear! More painful and disabling than I ever imagined. Only 3 days into this. Sometimes pain free, sometimes excruciating pain with certain unpredictable movement.

Comment from: Middle aged, 35-44 Male Published: February 28

Playing football in cold weather. I evidently did not stretch enough prior to playing. It occurred when pushing off and leaping from left leg.

Comment from: Joe, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 14

I'm an older fella who needs to lose a few pounds. Nevertheless I still engage in my favorite pastime -- Softball. After a nice triple and then a trot home to score, I grounded out next. On my third at bat I singled to left. On my way to first I felt a little twang on my left hammy. I am thankful it was a "little" twang. It was not a pop, was not a tear, but enough of a yellow flag to pull up. I'm using icy hot and an ace wrap while still continuing to walk.

Comment from: Not your Granny, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

I was halfway through a 40 yard sprint when I found myself face down on the track. My gym workouts superset strength exercises with cardio. I was warmed up and running great. I felt no tear, heard no pop, just running one second and on my belly the next. I hit both knees, elbows, and my nose. Went home for an epsom salt jetted tub soak then worked a half day. Pain was unbearable so went back home and took a muscle relaxer and a pain pill and off to sleep with a heating pad set to cycle on and off every 15 minutes. The next day was much better but I know this is going to be a very long process to get back to full force. Deadlifting and squatting will probably be at 1/4 weight for a while. Oh well, I'm in it for the long haul!

Comment from: John P., 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: March 12

I’m a forward for a soccer club, and I pulled my hamstring when sprinting. I felt a snap in the back of my leg and couldn’t even walk. Never in my life had I got hurt. It has been about three months that have passed and the pain is still very serious.

Comment from: Farm lady in Texas, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

I fell backward from a stack of baled hay, but one leg was lodged and stayed as I fell. There was a pop and immediate pain from under my buttock, down my thigh, to the back of my knee. I will be seeing a doctor shortly.

Comment from: hommedunord, 65-74 Male Published: February 07

I was playing squash, making a quick hard run to the front of the court when I felt my hamstring give. I stopped, and iced my thigh. Took Ibuprofen for a couple of days. Returned to the court nine days later, and re-injured. Repeated treatment waited another week. Played, same result. Now have a massive bruise, which appeared only today. I guess my age doesn't help, either (I'm 73).

Comment from: Mmmegg, 13-18 (Patient) Published: May 11

I was dancing and I had to leap and land in the splits for my tryout dance. I was in the tryouts and I did the jump split and heard a pop from my leg. It was extremely painful!! Maybe I didn't stretch enough.

Comment from: Chris, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 15

I was sprinting. Age 35, not a proper warm up, stupid.

Comment from: sweety12, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

I was on a 7 mile run and at mile 6 started to hurt, I walked a little but finished it out. Now it even hurts at rest.

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