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RE: Anyone ever had a "Sports Hernia" aka: "Sportsman's hernia", "Gilmore's groin", or &
Mike in Denver,
When I went to see Dr. Hoadley, he was able to tell in 15 seconds whether or not I had an inguinal hernia. Now, I already knew that I didn't have one because I had a laparoscopy. But we went through the motions again. I'm really thin -- so it is easy to tell. I'm not sure what kind of shape you are in, but an experienced doctor could easily tell if you have an inguinal hernia unless you are extremely overweight, making it more difficult to determine.
But as you mentioned, I know a few people who had inguinal hernias and they didn't have the kind of pain we are talking about. I sneezed one day and got a sharp pain in my left testicle. By the weekend, I had a dull ache in my groin and I couldn't sprint anymore. From there it progressively got worse as I tried to play two more soccer games with the injury. I believe the injury occurred when I was doing kicking/strengthening exercises with my left leg. The force and twisting of kicking the ball likely was the beginning of the injury although I never felt it at the time.
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