Re: slight bulge on left side of groin
Was there anything in particular that caused this lump? Has it been there a while, or just recently?
I had surgery to correct two inguinal hernias just about a year ago. I actually never thought it was a problem and never suspected they were hernias... the masses were pretty small, even on both sides. It wasn't very visible at all... I could just feel it slightly and thought it was fatty tissue or something in the upper groin. Once while working out, I felt a pull in that area and some pain, and noticed the area on one side was more swollen! That's when my husband suggested it could be a possible hernia. I visited a general surgeon for a consultation and immediately, they confirmed that they were hernias. I was likely born with them.
Hernias don't have to cause pain, and then they can. For me, they never caused a problem until that one time when working out. The surgery went well and I am fine now. I'd suggest just calling the surgeon and making a consultation appointment. They can confirm this for you and let you know what the next step should be if it is a hernia. If you ever feel very uncomfortable and in pain, that's when it's best to get the surgery done as soon as possible. For me, it wasn't a huge rush, but better sooner than later just in case.
Sure, you might have hurt your muscle tissue. That would be possible too. Sometimes a pull can take while to heal if it's in an awkward area. Maybe it could even be some sort of cyst, as those can vary in size and location, and can be quite painful or not at all.