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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Severe Groin Pain

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

  1. 1.Severe 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.

    6-8 months after surgery, patients reported to recover about 80% of physical functioning compared to healthy persons

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    hip pain, difficulty walking, severe hip pain, spontaneous back pain, pain in one hip
    Symptoms that always occur with severe hip arthritis:
    hip pain
    Symptoms that never occur with severe hip arthritis:
    mild hip pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Groin Hernia

    A hernia occurs when a loop of intestine bulges out through the abdominal wall. With age, the supportive tissues that keep organs within the abdomen become weaker, and the risk for a hernia increases. Groin hernias, called inguinal hernias, are the most common type. They often result due to muscle straining, such as during heavy lifting.

    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:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in the lower right abdomen, pain in the lower left abdomen, groin pain, testicle pain, groin lump
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Groin Hernia Requiring a Doctor's Examination

    A hernia occurs when a loop of intestine bulges out through the abdominal wall. With age, the supportive tissues that keep organs within the abdomen become weaker, and the risk for a hernia increases. Groin hernias, called inguinal hernias, are the most common type. They often result due to muscle straining, such as during heavy lifting.A complicated groin hernia, also called an incarcerated hernia, is a medical emergency. This type of hernia cannot be easily reduced, in other words pushed back without surgery. An incarcerated hernia is at high risk of becoming strangulated, meaning that pressure on the loop of bowel can cause the trapped segment to lose blood supply. Unless the blood supply is restored promptly, the tissue can rapidly die. This is a life-threatening condition.

    Complicated (incarcerated) groin hernias are a life-threatening condition. However, if treatment is performed early, the prognosis after surgery is excellent.Chronic pain 1 year out from the surgery is reported by some patients, but it is likely to dissipate over time.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, nausea or vomiting, fever, groin pain, groin lump
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  4. 4.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
  5. 5.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

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  6. 6.Ankylosing Spondylitis

    Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis of the spine. 'Arthritis' means inflammation of joints, and in ankylosing spondylitis this means that there is inflammation (irritation and swelling) between the disks that make up the spine. There can also be inflammation between the spine and the pelvis. Ankylosing spondylitis occurs more often in men and in people who have family members with the same disease.

    This is a chronic condition.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, back pain, trouble sleeping, joint pain, hip pain
    Symptoms that always occur with ankylosing spondylitis:
    back pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Hip Dislocation

    A slipped capital femoral epiphysis is a separation of the ball of the hip joint from the thigh bone (femur) at the upper growing end (growth plate) of the bone.

    With treatment and after recovery in the hospital, no long-term effects.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    hip pain, moderate hip pain, dull, achy hip pain, thigh pain, groin pain
    Symptoms that always occur with hip dislocation:
    hip pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  8. 8.Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome

    Greater trochanteric pain syndrome is a common cause of hip pain caused by damage to the tendons and/or bursa (fluid-filled sac near a joint) at the outside point of the hip known as the greater trochanter.

    Weeks to years

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, pain in the outside of the hip, moderate hip pain, groin pain, limping
    Symptoms that always occur with greater trochanteric pain syndrome:
    pain in the outside of the hip
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  9. 9.Abdominal Aortic Aneurism

    The aorta is the main blood vessel to everything below the neck. Weaknesses can happen within the wall of the aorta, which balloons out due to the pressure of the blood pushing against it.

    Small aortic issues can be dormant for months to years, until a sudden increase. As they get larger, they can grow much more rapidly. Prognosis after surgical intervention is highly variable, and a trained specialist must be consulted.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, side pain, general abdominal pain, abdominal pain that shoots to the back, abdominal bump
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  10. 10.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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Severe Groin Pain

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

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Severe Groin Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

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

    • 15% Lower Back Pain
    • 4% Deep, Throbbing Hip Pain
    • 4% Hip Pain
  • People who have experienced severe groin pain had symptoms persist for:

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

    • 50% Groin Hernia Requiring a Doctor's Examination
    • 28% Groin Hernia
    • 21% Severe 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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