Are these symptoms of an “occult female hernia?
Hello Dr. Towfigh,
I have been living with chronic pain in my left groin since 2011. It started when I helped a friend carry a 100 lbs. disabled dog and in the middle of it I felt as if something had ripped inside my groin. For the first 6 months I thought I had pulled a muscle, so I tried the usual remedies of rest, ice, etc. When nothing helped I started looking for expert medical care. Since 2011 I have been to a chiropractor, orthopedic doctor, hernia surgeon, a nurse practitioner, and a gynecologist. I have had two MRIs that showed a fibroid tumor on the back of my uterus, an ovarian cyst on my left ovary but no hernia. The cyst has since ruptured (back in 2012), but the pain and the â€œpinchingâ€ has continued.
Since the pain has gotten worse, in February I went to see my gynecologist who ordered a transvaginal ultrasound. They could see that my posterior uterine fibroid is now 7 cm but no ovarian cysts or anything else that would explain the pain. My doctor recommended a uterine artery embolization in the hopes that it would eliminate the pain problem. However, she did warned me that she doesnâ€™t warranty the procedure will eliminate the pain in my groin.
I cannot afford to undergo a procedure in the hopes of fixing the problem as I am self-employed. I would like to know if in you expert opinion, these symptoms sound like an occult hernia to you. If so, I want to continue searching for the correct doctor that will be able to help me.
My symptoms: Constant burning sensation in the crease of my groin between the lower part of my belly and where the leg begins. If I bend forward (as if I am loading and unloading a dishwasher) I feel something inside my groin â€œpinchâ€. Anytime I bend over I â€œpinchâ€. There has been times that I feel pain in my intestines when waste passes through that area, but my bowel movements are normal. Every time I take a step with my left foot, I feel it in my groin. The groin pain gets worse if I carry a heavy load (like a bag of dog food). Some days are better than others. I have tried taking anti-inflammatory medication, but it doesnâ€™t help with the pain, so I donâ€™t take them. When I am pinching a lot, I try to pull my groin skin upward to alleviate the pain but it doesnâ€™t help.
Please, any information you can give me will be greatly appreciated. I am just 48 years old and have been very healthy and active until this situation happened! Help me go in the right direction.
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