Patient Comments: Hamstring Injury - Cause

What was the cause of your hamstring injury?

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.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
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.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
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

Was this comment helpful?Yes
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.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
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.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
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.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: grifep, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 09

I was playing short in softball and was running toward second and jumped for aliner 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!

Was this comment helpful?Yes
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.

Was this comment helpful?Yes

Patient Comments

Viewers share their comments

Hamstring Injury - Symptoms Question: What symptoms did you experience associated your hamstring injury?
Hamstring Injury - Treatment Question: What kinds of treatment, including therapy, did you receive for your hamstring injury?
Hamstring Injury - Prevention and Exercise Question: What types of exercise have you been prescribed to a prevent another injury?

Patient Comments are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on MedicineNet. The opinions expressed in the comments section are of the author and the author alone. MedicineNet does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.

Alert If you think you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.


Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.