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Is persistent pain in the groin area a symptom of a hernia?

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Posted on Fri, 25 Jan 2019
Question: I am a female 58 years old and active. I am 5,10 and weigh 150. I have had an on going during pain in my left groin area, in the joint on the inside crease where my leg joins the pubic area. I have had it for about 5 months thinking I pulled something, but it has not decreased in pain. I have tried epsom salt baths and ointments but does not go away. Is this a hernia or what could it be?
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (17 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Would need assessment to determine.

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

A hernia is a protrusion through space/defect.

Normally a mass or protrusion is a need at the site of a hernia. It can sometimes go in and then return. Worsened by straining with bowel movements or lifting heavy objects. If they are very small, a protrusion may not be seen.

Hernias can occur in the inguinal area, which is the area that you are describing.

There are 2 types.

Pain can also occur in that area due to a strain of the muscles or tendons in the area.
This would respond to rest and anti-inflammatory pain medication such as ibuprofen or naproxen pr cataflam or Voltaren if these can be used. Unfortunately, topical meds do not work as well.

To determine if you have a hernia, you would need to be seen by your doctor. In addition to the examination, imaging such as ultrasound, to look for a defect, may have to be done.

If there is no hernia suspected then your doctor may prescribe a course of anti-inflammatory medication, warm compress and rest.

I hope this helps.

Regards,
Dr. Michelle Gibson James, General & Family Physician
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Is persistent pain in the groin area a symptom of a hernia?

Brief Answer: Would need assessment to determine. Detailed Answer: Hi, A hernia is a protrusion through space/defect. Normally a mass or protrusion is a need at the site of a hernia. It can sometimes go in and then return. Worsened by straining with bowel movements or lifting heavy objects. If they are very small, a protrusion may not be seen. Hernias can occur in the inguinal area, which is the area that you are describing. There are 2 types. Pain can also occur in that area due to a strain of the muscles or tendons in the area. This would respond to rest and anti-inflammatory pain medication such as ibuprofen or naproxen pr cataflam or Voltaren if these can be used. Unfortunately, topical meds do not work as well. To determine if you have a hernia, you would need to be seen by your doctor. In addition to the examination, imaging such as ultrasound, to look for a defect, may have to be done. If there is no hernia suspected then your doctor may prescribe a course of anti-inflammatory medication, warm compress and rest. I hope this helps. Regards, Dr. Michelle Gibson James, General & Family Physician