Hi I'm new to the boards and while I was searching another issue I came across this one about hernia’s and had to say something, hoping it may help just 1 person.
In July 2001 while playing tennis I felt an internal tear, I had no pain...nothing, so I continued to play. Days later I began to feel pressure and strain in my left leg, near the superficial inguinal ring. I went to see my Dr and he did an x-ray on my hip area...he said everything looked fine. I really didn’t know what was the problem so I went home thinking it was all in my mind. Days and weeks went by it got worst. I went back to the Dr's complaining about the same issue, he sent me to a specialist, which he ran a bunch of tests, and checked me for a hernia. He told me I didn’t have a hernia and sent me to PT (physical therapy). I went to PT and it got worst! Well weeks became months and then eventually years. I had given up and had no hope. I gained 40lbs due to my inactivity.
The problems I was having were with twisting and turning, and when I stood up it felt like someone jabbed a knife into my leg and I wanted to scream...and I did!
I was at the point I could hardly walk without pain, just everyday activities were a huge bother. After 8 years I decided to see another Dr (he was an orthopedic surgeon-a specialist) lets put it this way, some of his clients are professional athletes.
I was hoping this visit was different. I did a lot of research and found Dr Gilmore and studied his finding on hernias. I emailed his office and told him about my symptoms and all the tests the Dr's did on me and their results...I told him I was still the same. They emailed me back and told me that it sounded like a hernia and to have the Dr test me in the way they tested their patients. I printed up their paper and off I went to the specialist. Well it was a sad day for me because the Dr put the paper aside and began to examine me, he didn’t even read it. Frustrated, I said politely please do not disregard my findings and please take note of what this Dr is saying. I don’t mean any disrespect to you or your experience as a Dr But I've been in pain for 8 years and I seem to have all of these symptoms. Well he didn’t listen. He did order a MRI with contrast....it showed nothing. He did nothing for me....but suggests I go to PT, which I didn’t go.
I left very, very depressed because I knew I had "Gilmore’s Groin" but no one would listen...Well long story short while at a Dr's appt for my husband (August 2010) he asked his Dr an Orthopedic Surgeon, who specializes in shoulders and knee’s about my condition...I didn’t even want my husband to say anything. Well, the Dr directed us to an old colleague of his; he said "he's the kind of Dr that thinks outside the box"
Because we have so much respect for this Dr we were off to see another Dr.
Again I brought “the paper" and I was gonna cancel the appointment because I told my husband I feel this Dr wont listen either, but this visit WAS different.
I showed him the paper he glanced over it, had me stand, and asked me where it hurt.
He placed his finger over the area said cough, and then he said "I believe you have a hernia, by what you’ve been telling me, I feel you do have a hernia." I said do I have Gilmore’s Groin…he chuckled and said Gilmore Groin is a fancy way of saying sports hernia! I'm going to schedule exploratory surgery and see what I find and fix it. You have been dealing with this for too long and its enough!”
I actually held my face a cried...I'm not really an emotional person but someone listened to me and I had a possible answer!
I said I had an MRI and it showed nothing he said, "It wouldn’t" ...I said WHY?? Well when you take an MRI you’re lying down and you'll never see a hernia!!!
First I heard of that in 9 ½ years...he said, “when you stand, you put pressure on the leg and it causes the hernia to "pop"!
I was scheduled for surgery in Oct 2010, he went in found the hernia (the one I didn’t have) and repaired it....DONE!
No pain, no stabbing feeling, nothing! I’m on my road to recovery. Surgery was very easy, he did it by laparoscopic. I only had 3 small incisions and they healed in no time...After 9 1/2 years it took no more than 1 hour to correct...the hard part is losing the weight I gained Lol
So don’t give up, don’t always believe what some Drs say…do your own home work!
Hope this helps one person!
If you have Gilmore's groin there are often no obvious external symptoms or signs.
The symptoms are pain in the groin increased by running, sprinting, twisting and turning, and kicking. After sport, the patient is stiff and sore. The day after a game, turning or getting out of bed or a car often causes pain, as may coughing, sneezing and sit-ups.
There is a history of specific injury in only 30% of patients – usually overstretching, abduction and eversion injuries. Symptoms usually indicate it is an overuse (wear and tear) injury.
Last edited by oceanbreez; 10-16-2011 at 08:37 AM.
Hi, I found your post really interesting but also alarming.
About 3 weeks ago I started getting an occasional pain in the groin. This was after I had been swimming every other day (breaststroke) for a few weeks, not having swum for years before. I assumed it was a pulled muscle caused by the jerky breaststroke kicking action but I'm wondering whether it's a hernia. The doctor doubts this as she couldn't feel anything. However, it now hurts a bit when I sneeze. The pain is a few inches above and to the right of my privates. I can feel it when I walk, not painfully but enough to make me very cautious as it can hurt badly if I stride out. The doctor told me to go away and see how things went but it doesn't feel like the sort of thing that will resolve itself. I'm pretty fed up as other problems have made me inactive for months and now this.
I said alarming because it sounds like what you had which would be hard to diagnose. I suppose I'll leave it another week and go back to the doctor but I've a nasty feeling this could be a long road.
I have compassion for you. It just may be a pulled muscle though. With what I had, it hurt more with the twisting and turning than with kicking, and when I walked it felt like my leg was disconnected. I had a limp, I kind of dragged it until whatever was going on inside calmed down then I could walk for a little bit...and after walking I was in a lot of pain...I hope that explanation helps. My first treatment was 800 mg ibuprofen 3x per day for 3 weeks and that did nothing. Pain medicine never really helped me either. I wish you all the best and hope and pray you get an answer sooner than later. just don't give up like I did, I gained weight and became a couch potato!
Thanks for that. I do hope it's a pulled muscle. I think my pessimism is the result of a couple of long-term problems this year which I hoped would resolve quickly. I've just been out for some fresh air following the Christmas indolence and I can walk ok provided I take it slowly and don't go mad, but you couldn't call it exercise. Fingers crossed, anyway. And are you fine now?
Yes, I am better than I was. I think the length of time (9 years) that I had that pain I favored my other leg, effected me. Along with the weight gain due to my inactivity. I have some scar tissue and some days are better than others, but in general I am 90 % better. I just start out slower but once I get going there is no pain at all. Thank you for asking! Keep me posted if you wish!
Hi. Thought I'd let you know how things were as you kindly showed an interest. Well, no better, I'm afraid. It's now 3 weeks since my groin/hip problem emerged. You'll notice I said 'hip'. I remain hopeful it's a groin strain and the physio said these can take 4-8 weeks to resolve so that remains a possibility. However, I'm now concerned that it's an arthritic hip. The physio thinks this unlikely given I've never had a problem there and this had a specific genesis, namely an acute pain 22 days ago. I always think the worst, though, and my fear is anything that keeps me permanently unable to walk properly. Even your Gilmore's groin is a diagnosis preferable to arthritis. Your description of your leg feeling 'disconnected' and 'dragging' was interesting and struck a chord as mine is similar, but it's really a case of walking this careful way to avoid straightening it properly and thereby inducing sharp pain. The point of this pain would be above the centre of the thigh and below the hip bone. Like lots of people, no doubt, I'm searching for a diagnosis that doesn't depress me too much! I'm seeing a doctor on Monday and I intend asking to be referred to a specialist.