Pain in right groin

by Maureen
(Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia)

I have had a chronic aching pain in my right groin coming from my lower back, for some time, mainly when I sit down or lie in bed overnight. When I first stand up and get out of bed, I have noticeably weakness in my right leg. Also have hip aching when lying for very long on the right side.

The other night not long after going to bed I experienced acute very severe intermittent stabbing pain that felt like a hot iron or an electric shock being stabbed in the inner side of my right ankle just below the ankle bone. It lasted for about 15 minutes but eventually settled. At the same time although I'd only just gone to bed, I had the groin pain. Don't know if the pain in my ankle is connected, but I had never had that ankle pain before and hope I never have it again!

Hello Maureen,
You make no mention of having a professional examination. You don't mess with pain in the groin. There are many possible causes, from really serious to degenerative arthritis, to referred pain from the spine, or sacroiliac joint.

The general rule of thumb for any pain is, if you know it's not getting better, see a professional.

The femoral nerve supplies the groin area, the anterior thigh and the inner lower leg. So your ankle pain could be referred from your back, or something quite distinct in the ankle itself. Only a thorough examination will make the distinction.

Type superior cluneal nerves into the search function at chiropractic help. They supply the buttock and groin.

Here's a little test for you to do. Lie on your back and pull your knee to the chest. Compare sides. Now rotate the hip, using the knee as a lever. Do it gently. Does it hurt, and where? Is it stiff?

I fancy an xray may be necessary, but deciding what part to xray is dependent on a thorough clinical examination.

Hernias occur in the groin too. Any lumps or bumps? Do you feel well? Weight loss?

As you can see it's complex, and I really can't give you an adequate answer on the web without examining you.

I hope this contributes. Let me know what comes of it all.

Dr B

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Jun 07, 2015
I know what you mean
by: Garry Anderson

Hi Maureen:

I know what you mean, except my problem is on the left side. Does not matter which side. How did this first appear? In my case, I was sitting cross-legged for about one hour, then I could not stand up. I fixed that with deep tissue massage. The second time it occurred, I was nicely relaxing in my recliner chair. I have been trying various things for 2-1/2 years now, and I have figured out what is going on, but have not completely fixed my problem.

In my case, the big muscle in the groin area, called the Psoas Muscle, has gone into contraction, like a cramp. It is pulling down on the spine causing nerve-root pinch. The pinched nerves cause muscle weakness in the leg and knee joint, but also everywhere else in the body to a lesser degree. The pain in other muscles is caused from the compromised nerve signals coming from the spine, which affects the entire body.

The shooting pain down my leg is from the Sciatic nerve were it goes near the Piriformis muscle, which has also gone in contraction from the Psoas cramp. So, the chain reaction is: Psoas knot, pinched nerve roots in spine, knots in Piriformis, pinced Sciatic nerve.

The most effective treatment I am using is to hang upside down, like a bat, on my Inversion Table (Ironman ATIS 4000 and Gravity 1000 models) for 10 minutes every morning and 10 minutes every evening. I combine that with 2 hours of walking each day (6 kilometers) and one 60-minute deep tissue massage of the affected muscles every week. This daily routing has virtually eliminated all the pain. Eventually, when the Psoas knot releases, I will be back to normal. At least I can function normally now while continuing to work on the Psoas release.

As a no-cost test, you may like to find a store which sells Inversion Tables and make a visit to that store. Ask if you can try the inversion for 10 minutes. When you get off, notice if there is any improvement. If so, you are on the right track. If not, let me know and I will discuss with you.

Keep in touch,

Garry Anderson.

There's a lot of virtue in inversion traction, just make sure there's someone else in the house when you first do it. Can get stuck upside down for hours!
Also, not when you're in acute pain.

Dr B

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