Pains in the groin?
If you're having pains in the groin area, you are probably worried as well as uncomfortable. You might even be embarrassed to talk to anyone about it. I know I was. It got so bad, I didn't want to walk or even stand up. Even while seated or laying down, I just couldn't get comfortable. I told my wife that I was willing to have my testicles cut off just so the pain would stop! That's pretty drastic. Fortunately for me, that wasn't necessary, and it probably won't be necessary for you either.
Pains in the groin can be caused by a variety of things, including hernia, muscle strain, testicular torsion, urinary tract infection, or a prostate infection. Which of these do you have? You won't be able to answer that question by yourself, unfortunately. You are going to have to seek the help of a medical professional.
I didn't want to do that. For various reasons, I don't necessarily trust doctors. Some of them are very good, some I'm not so sure about. It took a few weeks of suffering before I even began to consider going to see a doctor.
Finally, I had such a tough time trying to walk around at work just to do my job, I decided to check myself into the hospital. I went to the emergency room with my wife and waited to be seen.
They called me in from the waiting room and asked me a bunch of questions. Then they took me to an exam room.
When we got to the exam room, there was still another patient in there. So they set me up on a bed in the hallway. I didn't like that.
After a while, a doctor came over and pulled a curtain around the bed so she could examine me right there in the hallway! My mind was swirling with all kinds of negative thoughts. Why am I being examined in the hallway? What if I have cancer? Am I going to die right here? There could be a whole bunch of things going wrong because now I seemed to hurt everywhere from my chest to my testicles. I couldn't breathe. I couldn't cough. I couldn't even stop myself from shaking uncontrollably. I felt like a little kid.
The doctor didn't know what was wrong, but she was going to get me into that exam room. In minutes, someone came to take the patient that was in there to a permanent room upstairs. Then they wheeled me and my bed in there.
Over the next few hours, they gave me some medicine that they said would help me feel better. It did. They took me out a couple of times to run tests. First an X-ray. Then a CAT scan. I don't even remember if they took blood, but I did give a urine sample. And we waited.
After being there for about 8 hours, a different doctor walked in and had me stand up. He placed his hand in my groin area and had me cough, which I was finally able to do. He said I had a hernia and referred me to a specialist. I was discharged within minutes.
The next day came and went and I was still experiencing pains in the groin. The E/R doctor prescribed some Percocet, but I only took it twice. I didn't like the idea of taking a narcotic.
The following day I went with my wife to see the specialist. He was great. He obviously knew a lot about what could be going on down there and examined me. He found no hernia. He drew me some pictures to show what he was looking for, and how he could find even a small one with a slightly more aggressive technique. I told him to do it, and he still found no hernia.
What the heck is going on? He began to prescribe two weeks of rest, ice, and ibuprofen. Finally I admitted that I thought the pain might actually be in my testicles, specifically. He examined them and when he applied a little pressure, i almost hit the ceiling! Right away, he wanted me to go see a urologist.
I couldn't get into the urologist that day, mostly because I needed a referral from my primary care physician and they were gone for the day at 12:15, even though their posted hours for Friday were until 1 PM. Remember how I said I don't necessarily trust doctors? How do you leave for the weekend almost an hour earlier than your posted hours? You're a doctor, not a lawyer!
So I had to wait the whole weekend to see the urologist on Monday. I had to go alone this time because my appointment was for the same time of day that the kids get out of school, and my wife had to be there for them. So I'm sitting in the waiting room and I can't help noticing that not only am I the only one there without a spouse, these guys are OLD! What the heck is happening to me? I feel like a little kid, but I have OLD MAN problems!
A nurse brings me back and has me give a urine sample. Then she takes me to an exam room and does a quick ultrasound scan of the area over my pubic bone. She finished that in just a couple of minutes and left the room.
A few minutes later, the doctor comes in. He listens to my story and gives me a testicular and rectal exam. So embarrassing, but by this time I felt it was absolutely necessary. He promises he will figure out what is going on, and that he will fix it.
He leaves the room to go check out my scan, and whatever information they got from the hospital and the hernia doctor.
When he comes back in, he says I have a prostate infection. How the heck did I get that? He didn't really have a good answer to that question. He said that he sees them all the time, it's common for a man my age, and that some antibiotics should do the trick. He gives me a few pills, a prescription for another week's worth, and sends me on my way. He says I should stay off my feet for a few more days.
My story ends here for now, but I do have reason to believe that everything should be ok after a few more days. I decided to share it with you now, because I know if you are experiencing pains in the groin, you are uncomfortable, worried, and probably even scared.
All I can say is this: Don't be scared. Go see a specialist. Get checked out. Don't wait anymore, especially if the pain is staying with you most of the time. Even though the condition may not be life threatening, there's really no sense in suffering. Not only that, you will drive yourself crazy wondering what is causing your pains in the groin. It could just be a pulled muscle, but it could be more serious. You need to undergo some tests to get to the cause of your pain.
Some good news is that testicular cancer doesn't usually produce pain, so that's probably not your problem. Most of the causes of pains in the groin are totally treatable, so go get yours. You may be able to put this whole episode behind you quicker than you realize!