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What groin pain is my doc referring to?

moeck01mmoeck01 Posts: 29
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:03 AM in Lower Back Pain
Okay, as i had said in a different post, 2 years ago i had a PLIF at S1-L5, L5-L4. CT scans showed loosened hardware and possible pseudoarthrosis at S1-L5. I have since had a nuclear bone sacn and am waiting for my f/u appointment on June 6'th.

During every visit I've had with my neuro he has done an exam and asked me about pain. The last two visits he has asked me about groin pain. I haven't had any so far but was curious (and didn't think to ask him)just what type of groin pain is he asking about? Sounds silly but I am curious. Any ideas?


  • He probably thinks because your having trouble in the area of the spine that nerves run to your groin area if you have experienced groin pain. Sometimes i get pain spasms in my groin area and sometimes its just a general pain all over that area.
  • Moeck -
    Google "lumbosacral plexus" to learn what all the nerves that exit the intervertebral foramina between the verts you had fused innervate. Branches of the lumbosacral plexus partially innervate the scrotum/labia and if inflamed can cause a "saddle-sore" kind of discomfort or pain.

    Hope this helps-
  • moeck I herniated L4,L5 and have had genital pain for the past 6 months. I didn't think that the back could cause genital pain but I was wrong.

    At least your doc acknowledges that you might have pain down thier. My neuro told me that my back wasn't the problem. I had a second opinion and he said it is common for that level to cause genital pain.

    Hope this helped.
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