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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Moderate Groin Pain

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced moderate groin pain. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Sports Hernia

    A sports hernia is an injury of the soft tissues of the groin which often occurs during sports involving sudden twisting movements (ice hockey, soccer, wrestling, and american football). A sports hernia is different from an inguinal hernia and does not cause a bulge in the groin.

    In most cases 4 to 6 weeks of physical therapy will resolve pain.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    groin pain, moderate groin pain, mild groin pain, groin numbness
    Symptoms that always occur with sports hernia:
    groin pain
    Symptoms that never occur with sports hernia:
    groin lump
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Indirect Hernia

    A hernia occurs when an organ or internal body part bulges through the abdominal wall. In the case of indirect hernia, the hernia is a result an improperly failed deep inguinal ring after the testicle has passed through it.

    Groin hernias are not a life-threatening condition. Approximately one third of patients report chronic groin pain 1 year or longer after a hernia repair, but it is likely to dissipate over time. A hernia may recur, although the causes of this are highly variable, and depend on the degree of abdominal wall weakness and the technique of repair.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    groin pain, groin lump, mild groin pain, moderate groin pain, painful lump in one side of the groin
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Mild / Moderate Hip Arthritis

    Arthritis of the hip is inflammation of one or more of the joints in the hip. Pain, swelling, and stiffness are the primary symptoms of arthritis. Hip arthritis can make it hard to do many everyday activities, such as walking or climbing stairs. It is a major cause of lost work time and a serious disability for many people.

    Varies with treatment

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    hip pain, difficulty walking, pain in one hip, limping, groin pain
    Symptoms that always occur with mild/moderate hip arthritis:
    hip pain
    Symptoms that never occur with mild/moderate hip arthritis:
    severe hip pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Groin Bruise

    A bruise is the damage of the blood vessels that return blood to the heart (the capillaries and veins), which causes pooling of the blood. This explains the blue/purple color of most bruises.

    Bruises will begin to heal within a week.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    groin pain, constant groin pain, swollen groin, groin injury, groin pain from an injury
    Symptoms that always occur with groin bruise:
    groin pain from an injury, groin injury, constant groin pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  5. 5.Necrotizing Fasciitis of the Groin

    Necrotizing fasciitis is a potentially life threatening skin condition stemming from the infection of a wound or injury. If left untreated, it can spread to body parts surrounding the infection changing the color of the skin and degrading the tissue underneath. This can result in muscle, tissue or limb loss and a severe body-wide response to the infection.

    1-6 weeks.

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, fever, chills
    Symptoms that always occur with necrotizing fasciitis of the groin:
    skin changes of the groin or genitalia
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

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  6. 6.Groin Nerve Irritation

    There are several nerves supplying the groin, inner thigh and genital region. Entrapment or irritation of one of these nerves can result in pain or numbness in this area. This is often caused by surgery in this area but can happen without a specific cause as well.

    Resolution of symptoms depends on cause and extent of the neuralgia.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    thigh numbness, groin numbness, testicle numbness, sharp testicle or scrotum pain, sharp groin pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Ectopic Pregnancy

    Ectopic pregnancy occurs when the fertilized egg implants outside of the uterus. The vast majority of ectopic pregnancies occur in the fallopian tubes.

    Treatment depends on how far the pregnancy has progressed but in all cases leads to the termination of the embryo.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea or vomiting, vaginal bleeding, pelvis pain, moderate abdominal pain
    Symptoms that never occur with ectopic pregnancy:
    disapearance of periods for over a year
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  8. 8.Ovarian Cyst

    Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs in the ovarian tissue. It can be completely normal (it's estimated that 15% of post-menstrual women have these cysts with no issues), infectious, or cancerous. Birth control pills have no effect on benign ovarian cysts.

    Most benign cysts resolve spontaneously, but some may be persistent.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    stomach bloating, vaginal bleeding, pelvis pain, lower abdominal pain, lower back pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  9. 9.Ruptured Ovarian Cyst

    Ovarian cysts are common in women of reproductive age. A ruptured cyst occurs when cyst ruptures and releases cyst fluid or blood.

    Outcome depends on severity of illness and treatment used.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    stomach bloating, pelvis pain, lower abdominal pain, being severely ill, severe abdominal pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  10. 10.Femoral Stress Fracture

    A femoral stress fracture is a small crack in the thigh bone (femur). These fractures are most often a result of overuse and are commonly seen with an increase in activity. Stress fractures of the thigh bone are much less common than those of the shin bone (tibia), but nonetheless do occur in high-risk groups such as athletes and military recruits.

    12 weeks is the usual duration of treatment. Stress fractures usually heal on their own.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    dull, achy hip pain, pain in one thigh, thigh pain, spontaneous hip pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Moderate Groin Pain

  • Q.Do your symptoms get worse when you exercise?
  • Q.Were you lifting weights or straining yourself right before your symptoms started?
  • Q.Does coughing cause other symptoms to worsen or appear?
  • Q.Did anyone in your family have a hernia?

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Moderate Groin Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced moderate groin pain have also experienced:

    • 17% Lower Back Pain
    • 3% Hip Pain
    • 3% Deep, Throbbing Hip Pain
  • People who have experienced moderate groin pain had symptoms persist for:

    • 32% Over a Month
    • 27% Less Than a Week
    • 18% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced moderate groin pain were most often matched with:

    • 36% Sports Hernia
    • 36% Indirect Hernia
    • 27% Mild / Moderate Hip Arthritis
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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