I am not really a power lifter but I expect I will get the most informed feedback here. For the last year plus, I have been experiencing problems with my left hip. The joint itself gives me problems if I try too much running, and will wake me if I sleep on that side too long. Normal day to day activity does not seem to bother me much.
To be honest, I'm a week away from my 43rd b-day, so I just accept it as the result of over 20 years of sports and lifting. What does bother me, however, is the intense pain I experience when doing squats, weighted step ups, lunges, etc. The pain is not in the joint itself. It seems to manifest about three to four inches below the hip joint, on the outside of my left thigh. The closest that I can describe it is like the worst case of tendinitis ever, but tendinitis does not seem to fit.
My friend and Dr. suggest it may be bursitis, but suggest little to help other than "stop doing whatever the hell you are doing that makes it hurt." He thinks I am crazy to still be lifting heavy in deads, squats, etc. in my mid forties. He does not understand that it is one of the few things in my life that still makes me feel young and alive. I love it. I don't want to walk away. I have laid off for long stretches, but it just seems to come back as soon as I start doing heavy hip dominant work.
What about it guys. Any suggestions as to what I am experiences and what I can do to self treat the condition. Any help is greatly appreciated.