Groin/abdominal pain?

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  1. MacBeatsPang

    MacBeatsPang Registered User

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    Folks,

    I play in an inline rec league and some occasional open hockey, usually once a week. Lately I've been experiencing some pain in my lower right abdominal muscles after games. It usually moderates after a day or two, but doesn't really go away. More recently it has spread to the groin/inner thigh area on the same side. It doesn't really limit my play but I'm getting a little concerned that it's a long-term injury that I'll have to treat. Just wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience and how you handled it.

    Thanks!
     
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    I had some issues withthat a while ago. I just rested up and did some rehab on the machines at the gym. Yes, the thigh machines....looked like a queer getting on there but oh well. I think it was cause I switched skates and me trying to skate less hunched over. Once I worked my muscles, I was fine.

    But I'd get it checked out, make sure it's not a hernia or some other ab injury.
     
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    Thanks; I'm going to see my doc about it but in the meantime have been doing some 'net research and am thinking it might be a sports hernia. Anyone have any experience with this injury?
     
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    I had a hernia but had no pain with it which is less common, I did however have a lump pushing out which was kind of scary. You definately need to get it checked out because you don't want that getting any worse and tearing any more than it already may have done.
     
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    Herenia of that nature is treated on an out-patient basis. A small incision and a mesh screen is stritched in place. many times done right in the doctors office instead of hospital. Recovery time is just long enough for the stitches to heal(7-10 days at most). gently probing the area with two fingers you would be able to feel a LUMP or protrusion where a segment of intestine can slip through the opening in the muscle wall. In the Abdominal area is not normally a problem but low in the groin you can "pinch" the lower GI closed, which can be life threatening....

    By the way, those with little one at home...DO NOT let them near the magnetic building toys. Swollowed, they are strong enough to grab each other and close the instestinal tract. Several Toddlers have died from these things...back to the topic...

    many things can cause the pain you describe. If your work also stresses the area a muscle tear can become cronic with no recovery time. Low back issues in the l3,l4,l5 areas can also cause these types of "phantom pains" but they are ussually a "shooting" type pain that comes and goes.
     
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    Just work on the muscles there and get it checked out, one of my teamates had a sports herenia, he to walk bent over for a week.
     
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    It's just my opinion, but this is bad advice.

    Until you get a diagnosis, if it hurts to work the muscle, don't work it. If it hurts to stretch the muscle, don't stretch it.

    I've been suffering from similar symptoms for over four months now, only my problem started in the groin and worked its way into the lower abdominal region. My doctor ruled out a hernia, and since then I've seen physical therapists, a massage therapist, a chiropractor, and two orthopaedic specialists. While none of them can figure out what's wrong with me, all have agreed that it's a VERY BAD IDEA to put any undue stress on the injury.
     
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    Thanks for the input guys.

    I should clarify, though: a sports hernia isn't an actual hernia, in which internal organs push through a muscle tear. From the research I've done, it's a weakening of the groin/lower ab muscles where they attach to the pelvic bone, which causes chronic pain in those areas. There's no visible "bulge" like with an actual hernia. Sports hernia is very common in hockey and soccer players. John Madden, Kyle Wellwood and Daniel Briere are among those who have suffered from them. The treatment ranges from rest and physical therapy to surgery that repairs and strengthens the muscle/bone connections.

    Just wondering if anyone out there has had this diagnosed and gone through any of these treatments, and how it turned out/what advice you might have. Thanks in advance.
     
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    As you've probably discovered "groin injury" is a general term for multiple lower abdominal,upper thigh injuries. You've read the protocol which involves the ice,heat,rest for 2 weeks before proceeding. I would suggest resting beyond the time where the discomfort disappears. Groin injuries can linger and nag mostly because of impatience and could worsen. Rest,ice and non steroidal anti inflammatories for 2 weeks minimum before stretching,strengthening. A proper conservative approach safeguards against lengthy downtime.
     
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    I meant like work on it when it doesn't hurt, cause with mine it comes then goes and if you can work it when it doesn't hurt it would be good.
     
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    I used to get groin pain too that would heal and then come back the next time I played. It would get to a point where it was painful to even walk after the game. Then I took a couple weeks off and it went away and hasn't come back since.
     
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    Bringing this one back from the dead. As of a couple of days ago (to present) I've had this very slight pain on my lower right abs and groin. Could it be the beginnings of sports hernia? I read that sports hernia is very common for hockey players and soccer players, so I'd assume it's a good possibility.
    Originally I thought it could be appendicitis, but I think I would be in much much worse pain if it was.
    Also I think maybe I could have just strained my muscle, IDK.
     
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    Give it a couple of days, then get it checked out if it still is a problem, my teammate had one and he figured it was a strained muscle but when he went it was a sports hernia.
     
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    Well I have a game tomorrow night and then I'm going on vacation, so I won't play for 2 weeks. Hopefully by the time I get back I'm fine.

    I just hope that playing one game won't make it worse.
     
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    Man, don't risk ruining your vacation by playing hurt just before your vacation. Take the game off and get some needed R&R on vacation and reassess when you get back.
     

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