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Mike in Va
RE: Anyone ever had a "Sports Hernia" aka: "Sportsman's hernia", "Gilmore's groin
Surf,

I highly recommend trying to get an appointment with Dr. Muschaweck in New Jersey next week if you can swing it. I am going to share all the information that I get out of my appointment with everyone. The biggest thing I am looking forward to is getting a specific diagnosis on my specific problem by an expert in this field. She could give me my life back. I have been to 7 doctors appointments in the US, and no one has an ability to firmly diagnose my problem. I know she can. Once she does, then I can make a more educated decision on how to treat it. I would love to solve this through rehab, which I have said before on this board. But, the more I learn about my specific problem, the less likely I think that is going to be. I have to reinforce the lower abdomen and release my nerve problem. I almost see this as very similar to having nerves entrapped or pinched by a slipped disk in the back. Its a snowball effect and why it takes "33 Hours" for it to take place.

1. The Lower Abdomen (which is weakened) gets irritated and swells.
2. Then the inguinal canal swells putting pressure on the nerves and creates soreness in the groin area.
3. The nerves are then entrapped and cause shooting pains into your lower abdomen, testicles, legs, and butt.

Will rest allow the fascia of the lower abdomen to repair itself over time? I really don't know. I am going to have to live a very stationary lifestyle for that to happen and avoid re-injury. As a Dad with a 3 year old daughter, somehow I believe this will never happen.

One thing you have mentioned and is a huge factor in this whole thing is that this problem is very mental. It beats you down. Doctors can't help you. You know more about it than they do. Insurance companies won't cover it. The pain comes and goes. Exercise will always have a high price so is it worth it when your still hurting. Sex life is definitely impacted. I am very grateful Dr. Muschaweck agreed to see me so I can begin to see a light at the end of the tunnel. I have only been dealing with this for 4 months. I commend people who have had this issue for years. It's a true testament to your will power, because this injury is life impacting and very real. I'll update everyone after my appointment next week.

Mike in Va with Ice on the Groin

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