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Groin Pain

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,550
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:31 AM in Chronic Pain
I've been dealing with groin pain for almost 5 years and doctors have called me a mystery. My pain came on out of no where...it is VERY sensative to touch and the area & my thigh will go numb when I sit to long. The pain for me is more annoying than anything else. It's a constant stabbing pain. After 2 years of dealing with my groin pain (see signature for treatment details), my lower back began to ache. I have been diagnosed with a tear in my L5 and am considering ADR. Mean while my groin pain remains a mystery and has not improved. I only know of one individual who is experiancing the same groin pain but much more severe and doctors have not been able to help her either. I have had groin injections & radio frequency abilation-waiting for a catscan & MRI testing to come back.

Anyone out there having similar symptoms?



  • I have had simular pain in my groin. I have had fusion L2-S1. I was told that the pain in the groin was from nerve compression coming from my lower back. I remember from one of my ER visits the doctor asked me if I was having groin pain. At the time I wasn't. I asked him what that would mean if I did and he said that pain in the groin when there is back pain is a "Red Flag". I left it at that because like I said at the time I was not experiencing any pain there. I am glad you are going for an MRI. Hopefully there will be some answers for you there.
  • I have had groin pain, too, and never connected it to L5 disc issues. Is it by any chance related to L4 also?

    I know, too that groin pain can be common for other reasons in women, and may even signal endometriosis. But, this has occurred lately with the L5.
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  • Missy, it could very well be related to L4 problems as well. You could possibly have nerve compression coming from eihter or both disks. Back in 2006 I had a hysterectomy because of Endometriosis.It has ran in my Family with my Grandmother, Mother and Sisters. Have you had a MRI?
  • Pain in the groin can also result from pelvic floor dysfunction. Sometimes when people think they have low back pain, it is actually caused by pelvic floor dysfunction. All the soft tissue, sacrum, SI joints, etc. are all so closely located that sometimes it is hard to isolate a cause for the pain.

    Biofeedback can be used to treat PFD.

    You all can search on the internet for a dermatome map (sometimes called "dermatome chart") It will show you which spinal nerves innervate which areas of the lower limbs.
  • I had an annular tare at L3/L4 that did cause my groin pain. It felt like what I would imagine a hernia to feel like.
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  • Dear Chronic Pain,

    My guess would be it has something to do with one of your laparoscopies or possibly the reason you had them with the timing and the history you left in your sig. I have severe nerve pain following a surgery for endometriosis and it sounds like you're going through the regular treatments so far for nerve pain. Horrible place to have bad pain, isn't it!? Unfortunately, nerve problems, usually more like numbness, are more common than you'd probably think post-laparoscopies. If it's something like endometriosis, you could have scar tissue and/or adhesions on a nerve (pudendal, genital-femoral, or others). People who have had hernia surgery, street bikers, and women who've had children (especially larger or breeched where there's more chance of injury) are another group where you may find this. Of course, people with back problems too, but from your history, the laps stood out to me as that's what happened to me, but upper lumbar problems also can cause this.

  • Thanks for your reply fire fly but the pain start before all of my laparoscopies...they thought i had endo. any other suggestions?
  • I'm not sure what could cause it other than the back although I'm sure there are several things, but since it radiates it seems that it would be nerve pain of some sort. EMG's are not always definitive for nerve pain/damage because it only tests the larger motor nerves and not the smaller sensory nerves. When my back gets really bad, it can radiate to my groin area, but it always radiates down both legs to my feet (worse on left), through both buttocks, yeah, basically my whole lower half. My problem is at L5-S1, but I know that different lumbar nerves radiate to different parts of your legs/feet/lower half. The only way I can describe how it feels when it radiates to my groin is that it feels like it is reaching/wrapping around from my back/buttocks. I partially tore my right hip flexor when I was active in sports, and it didn't radiate but caused a heck-of-a-lot of groin pain. I have a feeling you don't have a torn hip flexor because, if you tear it all the way, your leg dangles and doesn't work at all and it doesn't radiate. I've had endometriosis, which I recently learned having surgery for isn't a cure as it will nearly always come back, but my main symptoms were cramp-like feelings all month and drastically increased pain during my periods. I'm still leaning towards some type of nerve pain for what you are describing, but alas, I am not a doctor! I wish you a quick diagnosis and pain relief!!! I'm sorry I didn't help much, but I hope I at least helped you to rule a few things out.

    Much love and understanding,

    Much love,
  • I had L4/5 fusion last July and have had left groin pain both before and after - though it is better since my surgery. Sitting makes it worse (long car rides are really bad) - but so does standing for very long. It has been attributed to adhesions, nerve pain, my back, my hip flexors, psoas, inflammation, etc. However, it is always connected to pain in my left buttocks, piriformis area, and hip. After having a cortisone injection in my left hip the groin pain disappeared along with the hip pain - for a couple of weeks. Then - I did I don't know what - my hip/buttocks started to hurt and within an hour the groin pain was back.

    I wish you the best of luck finding an answer to this mystery - and please let us know!
  • I would say it felt like my whole hip was in pain. But I had groin pain and low back pain. I think it all started when I had a pinched nerve in my hip. A year later I started getting these pains, in which I could barely walk. I would crouch down to pick up my 15 lbs dog and try and get back up and I couldn't. It felt piercing and stuck. I'd had this problem for 5 Years! I've been to Chiropractors, gotten x-rays, and an MRI. Nobody could find anything wrong with me. It was my sister who told me to go to a massage therapist, and I was really sceptical. It was a technique that she did on me Called SRT's (*Structural Relief Therapy). It only took me one session. One session!! It was right after the session and I was walking to my car.... the pain was gone, I felt I was walking on clouds and moving freely. It was not until 7 months later that I felt the pain come back and to get rid of the pain I just saw her again. I gotta say it is so worth it. I mean being in pain for 5 yrs. then no pain at all for 7 months to me is a miracle.
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