I’ve had this condition for about more than a year now (probably longer). From my research it seems to be Sports hernia (which unlike how most people think [including a lot of doctors] is not really a hernia).
I am 24 years old 6 feet and 205 pounds. I am weekend runner, so I am not exactly athletic but I do run/exercise at least regularly sometimes 3-5 times a week, while I could also go for 2-3 weeks without any exercise. I like to sprint and do the karaoke run (for developing footwork) [alternating sideways run].
- I have felt a discomfort along my inquinal area (upper inner thigh) that started for a long while ago (2 years ago) though it comes and it goes. It is only recently (4-5months ago) that it has plagued me continuously. But as I said it is only a discomfort so I can even run through it and play basketball.
- This dull pain/discomfort sometimes radiates to the testicles.
- I have also felt it on my lower abdominal area.
- When I sneeze and cough the discomfort is heightened. (As if I just worked out my abs)
- It seems like there is barely any muscle in my ab area. I no longer do any ab exercises because on my first repetition/set it already hurts as if its being pulled apart.
- The dull pain is heightened by:
o sideways movement/turning in running.
o While lying down squeezing inwards of the thighs
o Recently even the beginning of a run heightens the pain
- While walking on wet ground, I slip a lot, I don’t really fall down but I notice that it may have caused a quirk in my walk or I probably walk differently. Because when I slip, it’s as if my leg turns outward.
- I jog/run a lot; And I love to sprint in these jogs after I have stretched/ warmed up.
- I do a certain stretch like ballet dancers. I touch my right foot to my left inner thigh. Sometimes I feel movement in my hip, as if the bone adjusted outward, but I feel no pain (in fact it kinda feels good as if I cracked my knuckles) so I disregarded it. (I have stopped doing this stretch)
- I do high kicks/roundhouse high kicks. I started kicking just for the fun of it. I began with chest-high maybe lower, and have worked it up to my head. (In my peak I think I was able to go higher than my head)
- I play basketball. I didn’t usually wear supporters. I do now. (when I started feeling the discomfort more often) It helped although only a little.
- I recently started lifting heavy weights. Right about the time I started feeling the discomfort. I also drank protein drinks.
- I also run marathons. I ran a 21K marathon around the time the condition was aggrevating.
- When I started feeling the symptoms, I researched on what could cause these, this is where I stumbled upon Sport Hernia
- After enough research I was convinced that I did have it. Symptoms were accurate.
- So I went to our company doctor, he said that I should probably see a general surgeon since they would be able to identify hernias. (Note: Sport hernia is not like regular hernias, there are no opening in the abdominal wall present)
- I went to a general surgeon, and he tested me for hernia. The finger into the scrotum. And he concluded that my abdominal wall was in good shape and no holes are present.
- After that I went to sport medicine doctor, I told my piece and he somehow agreed that it was a high probability that it could be sport hernia but he could not conclude it. He can only conclude that it is not due to bone problems. He said I have to go to a urologist.
- I went to a urologist he recommended and got tested by the same test of the general surgeon. He also concluded that I did not have hernia. He said that we should observe the situation first. And that I should perform some core strengthening exercises.
- From my experience no doctor was ever aware of the existence of sport hernia situation except the sport medicine doctor.
- Anyone know what else I could have?
- Anyone know tests that could help the doctors identify what is wrong with me?
- Which of these data should I consider important information for my doctor to help in their diagnosis?