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RE: Anyone ever had a "Sports Hernia" aka: "Sportsman's hernia", "Gilmore's groin", or &
Yes, I've had groin pain for over 2 years and its getting slowly worse. The first assumption is always that physio will sort it out - but the stretches just aggravate it. High doseage Ibruprofen can sort out inflammation to promote healing in muscle damage but it may affect digestion - it did with me! Sometimes the pains were like an electric shock whilst running but always on the morning after running or playing badminton I'd have groin stiffness probs. Geeting in and out of the car is one of the worts probs.

I had x-rays and an MRI scan - neither showed up the prob. I had to stop running 9 months ago and I can now only manage a little badminton. I've started walking with a limp because the action of straightening the groin hurts. Pushing a finger into the groin doesn't really hurt. There's no lump when I cough.

Eventually I got to see an excellent ultrasound specialist and he said that the prob was not quite a full hernia but that something was bulging in the groin when I made a downwards pushing motion with my internal muscles - but this didn't feel too bad to me!

Now I've been referred to a consultant who said I probably have Gilmores Groin (sportsman's hernia). He's going to do a microsurgery investigation in the groin. If necessary, he will make further incisions near the navel, pump in carbon dioxide, and look for any places inside the groin where there are leaks (standard procedure, I understand!). Repairs can be affected using dacron? gauze if necessary pushed in thru the microsurgery holes. He referred me to Gilmore's website. PhysioRoom also has a good description. The consultant said that if there was muscle damage, I may have to live with it - but it seems that Gilmore is able to repair the muscles.

Unfortunately the waiting list in our area for this type of National Health Service surgery is 18 weeks - but saying that you can be available at short notice may mean an earlier operation. More news later!

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