For a little over a month I've had soreness that starts about an inch below my belly button and extends downward to the base of my genitals (sorry, no idea about the correct name for this body part). I'm not trained to make a diagnosis, but the pain is most reminiscent of a pulled or strained muscle, subsides a good bit with rest, is agravated by exercise (even low impact things like an ellipitcal machine), and the pain intensifies if I push the on the region. I'd say that overall the pain is never more intense than a level 5, but it is there and it feels like if I really pushed myself it would worsen.
my concern is that it has lasted over a month, even after laying of exercise. if this is a muscle pull or strain, is it an area that tends to require a long recovery? are there any good stretches or exercises to aid in recovery? is there anything that suggests that it might be something other than a muscle strain? should I see a doctor? and if so, can I wait two weeks to see a doctor, or should I find one overseas (where I am currently travelling)? (I had a urologic appointment that coincided with the second week of my pain, and the urologist assured me that the pain I was feeling was unrelated to anything genital, and he humored me and checked for a hernia, which I didn't/don't have)
Age: 23 Gender: Male Exercise: At the time of injury, very minimal because I was nursing a knee injury. but I'd say my level of exercise is definitely high when I'm healthy (5 days a week if not more) Cause: I can't really say. I remember doing a bodyweight lunge (to test my knee) and feeling the pain in the low abdomen for the first time then. However, it didn't feel like it happened at that specific moment, rather, as I went into the lower range of the lunge, i noticed the tight/tenderness in the abdomen. I'd say this was around 5 weeks ago.
as for other info, i can't think of much other than what I've already written. I'd just like to get some thoughts on what my next step should be, or if I should continue being patient and try to rest it even more. I feel like I'm at a place with it where it may be time to slowly get active again, but the problem is that I have a hard time holding back once I start exercising at all, and thus have a habit of turning minor injuries into chronic conditions.
Post by Beverly Jordan, M.D. on Jun 9, 2006 9:50:40 GMT -6
A hernia would be the most urgent problem, and as your urologist has ruled this out it is most likely a groin strain (pulled muscle). These can take a long time to heal because you use these muscles in daily activities like standing and walking. However, it is hard to diagnose over the internet, so I would reccomend you see your physician for a full evalutaion as well as for referral to physical therapy to speed your recovery.
Post by Emily Casey, M.D. on Jun 9, 2006 14:54:41 GMT -6
Differential diagnosis= hernia, which you have ruled out. It could be a muscle strain , they can take months to heal. Strains may need therapy, ani-inflammatory medicines and rest. Also, osteitis pubis- inflammation at the pubic joint could be a possibility. I would see a physician soon, I do not think it is urgent now that the hernia is ruled out. you may need xrays.
Post by uspsinjured on Jun 23, 2007 18:37:38 GMT -6
I work for the US Postal Service and I was injured moving a shelf at work. I felt a tug/pull in my lower left abdomen above the groin region if felt like someone put their hand their and grabbed that region. I have seen several doctors who say that its not a traditional hernia and that's basically it, they don't really have an idea what the problem is. I have even brought the doctors data about sports hernias, but i guess they dismiss the self diagnosis. I still have pain even while sittting sometimes, working(limited duty) sex, lifting weights over 30lbs. anyway the big problem is i am on workman's comp and its hard to find a dr. who takes workman's comp and rectify the problem
I am a lineman for a power company,and i am in pretty good shape before my accident i ran adout 20 to 25 miles a week and worked out on june 4,07 i was at work lifting a light off a bucket truck stepping down about 3 feet off the truck when i felt a burning sensation in my left lower stomach that radiated down to my left testicle,it wasent a terriable pain i just knew something was wrong.the next day i went to work then to the doctor,i felt like someone had kicked me between the legs just on the left side i had problems like urinating standing sitting everything;iwent and had a ultra sound done of my testicles it was ok i had a bladder emptying exam it was ok ihad a mri of my back and pelvis done it semed ok, sence then a doctor sent me to therapy it didnt help so they sent me to different doctor a bone and joint surgeoin 'i wanted to go to a sports medicene doctor' he treated me for a adductor pull it got alot better but he didnt know what was wrong with my abdomen or my groin he sent me to get checked out for a hernia they said i didnt have one,ive read about a sports hernia and was wondering if i could have that.some of my semptoms are pain in the left side of my abdomen radiating down my inguinal canal down my left testicle and under the testicle in that joint,it hurts when i do anything that involves my abs like lifting anything reaching out of the bucket truck exercises i also have pain while sitting leaning foreward while sitting also pain in the left cheek of my buttock"s,pain when i have a errection it get worse after a orgasm the left side enguinal canal seems to be more promanent than the right everything seems to get a little better if i dont do anything butt it is always there it gets worse after work and exercise sometimes making me nausiated and sick to my stomach this has been going on fore about 10 months,my sister is a nurse at uab in birmingham and seen this sight and told me about it just wondering if anyone could help thanks.
i forgot to tell that i am a 31 year old male and that they have sent me to see a urologist, that checked out ok, he put me on 150mg lyrica and 800mg ibprofen three times a day i dont take the lyrica anymore i took it fore 5months and it didnt seem to help, and i have whent down on my dose of ibprofen to 600mg a day because of my stomach.
Post by Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. on Apr 16, 2008 15:49:49 GMT -6
Phillip, I just spoke with one of our specialists. He suggested that you see a primary care sports medicine physician or orthopaedic surgeon for an evaluation. They can check for osteitis pubis and other diagnoses.
thank's for responding so quick Mr. Glenn Fleisig,was wondering if you could suggest someone in the birmingham area that is good that i can see and help me.I have been dealing with this so long that i cant remember what feeling good is like.thanks for any help or info you can give me.
Hello, i have developed the same condition described in everyone's post. it began when my left testicle became swollen and painful. this was the morning after a very vigorous bike ride that turned into a race up a 3 mile hill at the end of the ride. about one week before riding, i had sustained a trauma to that area when slipping off one of the petals on my bike. I was examined by a doctor but it was after the swelling had ceased. He said i should wait to contact him unless it happened again. Last Wednesday, I moved to a new house. I lifted a couch and several other heavy items. Now, I have pain one inch from my belly button that is aggravated especially when I sit up from laying down. The doctors have examined me for a hernia but ruled it out. However, they were confused as many of the symptoms were identical to those of a hernia. Any advice or outcomes to other peoples' troubles with this problem would be greatly appreciated. I am 20 years old and have always been healthy - exercising daily.
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