Possible inguinal hernia???
I’m a 36 year old female who started having lower abdominal pain 2 months ago in both my right and left inguinal region. I would classify the pain as dull and pulling and radiating at times. The pain on the right side went away although I do still have a point of slight tenderness on my right side. The left side pain has remained.
The pain is better in the mornings or when I have been lying down. The pain comes back after prolonged sitting or bending. In general, both sides of my groin feel heavy and I have a feeling of pressure and discomfort in my lower abdominal region all the time even when the pain has gone away.
I also have numbness in my outer upper thigh that ends at the kneecap. It doesn’t effect the muscle. Sometimes I get shooting pains in my thigh that feel like pins under my skin.
After ruling out cysts or masses through a pelvic ultrasound, my gynecologist referred me to a general surgeon to evaluate me for a possible hidden inguinal hernia. The general surgeon said that I probably did not have a hernia because he could not feel a bulge. I asked about a possible hidden hernia, but he dismissed it saying he knew what a hernia felt like. He ordered a CT which came back with no acute findings. The surgeon said it was probably a pulled muscle.
I also notice I’ve developed some fat pockets on my right and left side above the areas of pain. They are about 3 inches long and 1.5 inches high. Would it be possible to have a fat containing hernia that leaks fat into the inguinal area?
Here are a couple of images from my CT scan. I’m not sure where to go from here. If you think I might have a hernia, are there any specialists in the Jacksonville, Florida area that you would recommend? Any other things besides hernias that may cause this type pain?
Update: Not sure what I am doing wrong with the photos, but they look really small and blurry.
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