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What causes stabbing pain in groin?

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Posted on Mon, 16 Jun 2014
Question: Hi..I had a sudden pain in my right groin this morning after rising and taking a few steps. It is a stabbing pain that is not constant with each step of right leg. Hurts to bend or sit down but once motion is taken pain goes away. I am female age 71 and very active.
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Answered by Dr. Kerry Pottinger (25 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
May be a hernia or arthritis.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Thank you for using Healthcare Magic. From the information you provide, I have two thoughts as to the cause of your pain.
Firstly, this may be a hernia in your groin. Either an inguinal or femoral hernia. This is a bulging of the tissues through a weakness in the abdominal wall in this area. The pain can occur during activity and be relieved by lying down. There may be an associated bulge in the area that disappears on lying flat.
Alternatively, this could be the early signs of arthritis which is relatively common at your age.
I suggest that if the pain persists you take paracetamol and ibuprofen and see your doctor who will be able to assess you fully. This may include bloods and scans of your groin and hips.
I hope this is of help. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Regards,
Dr K A Pottinger,
MBChB FRCA
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Kerry Pottinger (57 minutes later)
There is no bulge in the area of the pain. The pain is sudden and very stabbing to the point it takes my breath away. I have a little arthritis and that is a gradual onset. Nothing like this. Please review. There is pain on the inside thigh only above but does not extend to the knee but this associated pain is minor compared to the pain in the groin.
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Answered by Dr. Kerry Pottinger (11 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Possible nerve entrapment of bursitis.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Thank you for the further information. Additional possibilities would be nerve entrapment or bursitis. Both of these can give sudden episodes of severe pain.
Nerve entrapment may be associated with numbness or weakness. Bursitis may be associated with some swelling or tenderness.
I suggest you need a full examination and investigation as the possible causes are wide ranging.
In the meantime pain killers should be considered.
I hope this is of help.
Regards,
Dr K A Pottinger

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes stabbing pain in groin?

Brief Answer: May be a hernia or arthritis. Detailed Answer: Hi, Thank you for using Healthcare Magic. From the information you provide, I have two thoughts as to the cause of your pain. Firstly, this may be a hernia in your groin. Either an inguinal or femoral hernia. This is a bulging of the tissues through a weakness in the abdominal wall in this area. The pain can occur during activity and be relieved by lying down. There may be an associated bulge in the area that disappears on lying flat. Alternatively, this could be the early signs of arthritis which is relatively common at your age. I suggest that if the pain persists you take paracetamol and ibuprofen and see your doctor who will be able to assess you fully. This may include bloods and scans of your groin and hips. I hope this is of help. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Regards, Dr K A Pottinger, MBChB FRCA