Is persistent pain in the groin area a symptom of a hernia?
Would need assessment to determine.
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.
Dr. Michelle Gibson James, General & Family Physician
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