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Inguinal Hernia or Enlarged Lymph Nodes?

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Old 02-12-2010, 05:15 AM   #1
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Inguinal Hernia or Enlarged Lymph Nodes?

I am trying to figure out how I can tell if the groin problem I am having is due to an inguinal hernia or enlarged lymph nodes (which may be due to cancer?).

I've had this problem for 5ish years. I know I am terrible for not going to a doctor, but I have a phobia of doctors. However, I recently finally worked up the courage to research my condition and for the most part it seems like I have all the symptoms of a large inguinal hernia. With a few main exceptions.

First a foremost, the thing that concerns me is that I have recently developed lower back pain on the same side as the possible hernia. This pain also radiates into my buttocks area, again only on that side. This is a possible symptom of enlarged lymph nodes in the lower back putting pressure on the sciatica nerve. Or, it could simply be coincidental especially considering I have terrible posture and I sit all day at my job. I've also had some lower back pain on that side on and off for the last 5 or so years, but it usually clears up after a few days. This has been persistent for a couple of weeks now. And the buttocks pain is recent to November-ish.

But again, I honestly think I've had the crotch problem for five or so years. I feel like if it were cancerous related I would have exhibited other symptoms by now. I do not show signs of any sort of side-effect cancer symptoms like fatigue, weight loss, night sweats, etc.

But how do you know? What is the difference between enlarged lymph nodes in the groin vs an inguinal hernia? I've looked at pictures online for both and they look very similar.

I do have an appointment for the doctor scheduled. I am only here because, like I said, I am terrified of doctors and I like to have some confidence before I go.

What do you think?

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Old 02-12-2010, 03:06 PM   #2
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Re: Inguinal Hernia or Enlarged Lymph Nodes?

Any inguinal hernia will give a cough reflex, either at the lump itself or by inserting a finger into the opening in the scrotum where the testes sometimes hide. Just give a good cough while pressing the lump or inserting the finger. If you feel a distinct reaction at either site, it is more than likely a hernia.

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