Hernia,sports hernia or nothing?

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    Hernia,sports hernia or nothing?

    So ,2 days ago I noticed a lump on my inner thigh/groin ,I searched on Google what could it be and a lot of answers are hernia or sports hernia.
    How can I be sure it's hernia and did anyone have anything similar as this.It doesn't hurt a lot but I have that hurting feeling ,nothing hard just like I know it's there.
    It feels hard on a touch,now it's more soft then when I noticed it,it has a size of about a inch,also It seems like it has a small ,really small white dot on top of it,like a pimple would have.

    I don't know should I pause on working my legs since maybe it's a teared muscle tissue or sports hernia which could lead to worser injuries.
    Should I pause anyways the lower body workout for few days until I can tell if it's going away or getting worser?

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    lovethedoggo, please note that I am not a doctor so this is not to be taken as medical advice. Long story short - see a doctor.

    In case of “sports hernia” (athletic pubalgia), the muscle(s)/tendons/soft tissue of the lower abdomen are strained or torn, it usually happens with twisting movements and hurts a lot in the moment it happens (the pain doesn’t develop slowly or after the fact). There may not be a visible bulge. In case of inguinal hernia, parts of the abdominal cavity protrude out and cause a pretty big bulge (see photo on Wiki). It hurts and the bulge may disappear when you lie down (not always).

    What you are describing sounds more like a skin condition to me, maybe a cyst or more likely a boil (an infection of the follicles in the skin) especially if it has gotten bigger, softer and has a white top. Again, I am not a doctor, but because this is a sensitive area (there are nerves and arteries/veins under it) that tends to get pressed a lot when you move your legs towards the midline of the body, I would say to stop your exercise (of the lower body/trunk at least). I would suggest that you see a doctor and they can make a diagnosis and suggest course of treatment - maybe nothing, or you may get a cream, they may squeeze it out or remove it surgically, depending on the severity. I wouldn’t try to squeeze it by myself as it can get infected badly if proper hygiene isn’t practised.

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      #3
      Originally posted by Ann-Core View Post
      lovethedoggo, please note that I am not a doctor so this is not to be taken as medical advice. Long story short - see a doctor.

      In case of “sports hernia” (athletic pubalgia), the muscle(s)/tendons/soft tissue of the lower abdomen are strained or torn, it usually happens with twisting movements and hurts a lot in the moment it happens (the pain doesn’t develop slowly or after the fact). There may not be a visible bulge. In case of inguinal hernia, parts of the abdominal cavity protrude out and cause a pretty big bulge (see photo on Wiki). It hurts and the bulge may disappear when you lie down (not always).

      What you are describing sounds more like a skin condition to me, maybe a cyst or more likely a boil (an infection of the follicles in the skin) especially if it has gotten bigger, softer and has a white top. Again, I am not a doctor, but because this is a sensitive area (there are nerves and arteries/veins under it) that tends to get pressed a lot when you move your legs towards the midline of the body, I would say to stop your exercise (of the lower body/trunk at least). I would suggest that you see a doctor and they can make a diagnosis and suggest course of treatment - maybe nothing, or you may get a cream, they may squeeze it out or remove it surgically, depending on the severity. I wouldn’t try to squeeze it by myself as it can get infected badly if proper hygiene isn’t practised.
      Thank you for replying,I won't do any lower body exercises for a week and see if it goes away,if not I'll go visit a doctor and see what they have to say.

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        #4
        Could the abdominal muscle get injured when doing this exercise? I think i felt some pain when I was doing that exercise few days ago,could that be the reason?
        I see that the muscle I worked out with that exercise is the one that leads to injury , check this picture.

        But then again,I don't feel hard pain in the whole muscle tissue ,it is maybe a skin condition ,but who knows,I'll leave it for few days and see then what happens.

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          #5
          Ann-Core is right on the money.

          What you're describing sounds much more like a skin abscess. Usually a little soft on the top/center, as though it has fluid inside ("fluctuant"), often with a firm perimeter which may be painful/sensitive to touch ("indurated"). Very common in areas prone to sweat and/or dense patches of hair (ie, armpits, crotch, etc). If there is no infection, then you can try supportive measures first: (1) NSAIDs if there is any pain, as these will help with the inflammation; (2) heat, specifically a "warm compress" (like a warm washcloth or towel) to the area multiple times a day, though some people soak in a warm bath; (3) good hygiene. This has the least evidence, but some people get multiple recurrent abscesses, and poor hygiene is often an overlooked/ignored contributor in these cases.

          If these things don't work, or it gets really painful/big/bothersome - then it may need to be cut open and drained.

          If that doesn't work OR you're concerned for infection (ie, the entire area around the abscess is bright red, warm to touch, extremely sensitive/painful to touch ("exquisitely tender")) - then it may need to be drained AND/OR antibiotic treatment. I know it may seem fairly minor, but these CAN become quite impressive and even require hospitalization.

          If I were you: I would start with the compresses a few times a day to try and make it smaller, adding ibuprofen or naproxen as needed for pain/discomfort. That will most likely take care of it.

          Good luck!

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            #6
            Originally posted by Ann-Core View Post
            [USER="53224"]Long story short - see a doctor.
            This ^^^


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