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Chronic Nerve Pain in Right Groin area

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  • Posted By: buzzardme
  • February 21, 2009
  • 07:00 AM

While serving in the US Army, I had 2 hernia operations, after the second surgery I had develped pain on the right side of my groin. I was sent to Walter Reed Army Hospital for pain treatment that absolutly did nothing. So then I was released in June of 1989. Since that time I have been thru 3 other operations trying to find out what was going on, removal of my right testicle and one exploritory operation. I have been to many pain treatment centers up and down the east coast of the US from florida to New York. Also have been on about every type of medication that is out there and yet to this day nothing at all helps. Yet the pain has gotten worse, it had got to the point where I was forced to go on disability and now totally disabled. I fought with the Military for 15 years and in 2004 finally was awarded full disabled veteran benefits.
My pain starts by doing nothing and stops by doing nothing, it is a dull pain, sharp pain, prickly pain, throbbing pain, pins and needles type pain and zap like being plugged in to an electrical socket. I experience all the various types of pain in a single day, they come as fast as lightening and can go away just as fast or stay all day long.
This has put me through ***l, I am unable to have a sexual relations due to pain and area it is at. My life consists of staying at home all the time, because I'm always in pain and my way of dealing with it is being in a rocking chair, listening to music while drugged up on medication that only makes me high. But that's better that drinking. I't seems all the pain doctors all say they have the answer but none really do, maybe if I had cancer or somthing they can see, because to look at me, I look normal and ok, my body looks fine, but then take a closer look as I constantly rock back and fourth while standing or you see my face look angry due to pain. All I do know is that nerve pain hurts, and I have been searching since 1989 to find help either to fix it or just help it and I have found nothing.
So if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.
thanks, Buzzardme

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  • Dear Friend,I was doing research for my boyfriend who has your exact condition. Do you know what it is? What have they tested you for? I'm afraid my boyfriend is headed towards the same condition as you, permanent disability. It has ruined our sex life since he has severe pain during ejaculation and pain for hours afterwards. He has three types of pain: heaviness, "lightning" which feels like someone put an ice pick through his testicles, and burning like a hot poker, especially around one area. One day it's on the right, the next on the left. Do you have any advice for us? My boyfriend's with Kaiser and they won't authorize a MRI. We're going to do it privately to see if we can find anything.You're not alone. Let's help each other out.Much love and blessings.
    ingenue637 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • Dear Buzzardme and ingenue637,I myself may have similar pains, but I am not sure. If you could reply maybe after I share my own story, to see if it really is the same thing, we could together try and find a solution. Firstly, I am really sorry to hear both of your stories and cannot imagine a tough it must be.However, My pains started about 2 years ago. Before, I also have had 1 hernia operation and a testicualr operation. The hernia op was 7 years before the pains and the testicular was about 4. The testicular surgery was done because I often endure pain in the left testicle, so the doctor thought there was something wrong with the blood flow. The surgery helped to a certain extent, but I still have pains mostly in the left but sometimes right, just not as often as before the surgery. The pains are extreme and I am not aple to have lightly touch the testicle. They dissappear after about an hour, and taking a warm bath helps.THESE are NOT my main pains though! 2 years ago, I randomly started getting sharp/lightning pains in my pubic area. Sometimes on the left, right or even middle. They pains offten changed. Most times I would only feel the pains if something applied pressure on to that area. It could be the lightest pressure...these pains resulted in me not being able to wear jeans/pants, so I often have to stay home. If i were to lay there nkaed for example, I wouldnt feel the sharp pains at all. But I would feel a tightness in the area. I have had surgery, broken bones, but these pains are the strongest I have ever endured. The Pains seem to be some sort of nerve pains, because they are often close to the surface of the skin, but also often reach deeper. It really is hard to explain. I have seen 33 doctors from every background. Meds arent helping.Then, since a about a month, I have been getting somehwat similar pains on my chest and stomach area, but again almost always are only felt when anything applies pressure. I know this Info may not be a solution, but I am just trying to understand if My pains and yours are the same thing; so if you could elaborate a bit more in response to my pains, it could be a first step to finding a mutual solution.Thank you
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 5, 2009
    • 08:50 PM
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  • While serving in the US Army, I had 2 hernia operations, after the second surgery I had develped pain on the right side of my groin. I was sent to Walter Reed Army Hospital for pain treatment that absolutly did nothing. So then I was released in June of 1989. Since that time I have been thru 3 other operations trying to find out what was going on, removal of my right testicle and one exploritory operation. I have been to many pain treatment centers up and down the east coast of the US from florida to New York. Also have been on about every type of medication that is out there and yet to this day nothing at all helps. Yet the pain has gotten worse, it had got to the point where I was forced to go on disability and now totally disabled. I fought with the Military for 15 years and in 2004 finally was awarded full disabled veteran benefits. My pain starts by doing nothing and stops by doing nothing, it is a dull pain, sharp pain, prickly pain, throbbing pain, pins and needles type pain and zap like being plugged in to an electrical socket. I experience all the various types of pain in a single day, they come as fast as lightening and can go away just as fast or stay all day long.This has put me through ***l, I am unable to have a sexual relations due to pain and area it is at. My life consists of staying at home all the time, because I'm always in pain and my way of dealing with it is being in a rocking chair, listening to music while drugged up on medication that only makes me high. But that's better that drinking. I't seems all the pain doctors all say they have the answer but none really do, maybe if I had cancer or somthing they can see, because to look at me, I look normal and ok, my body looks fine, but then take a closer look as I constantly rock back and fourth while standing or you see my face look angry due to pain. All I do know is that nerve pain hurts, and I have been searching since 1989 to find help either to fix it or just help it and I have found nothing. So if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.thanks, BuzzardmeI just started about a month ago, the third night ended in the emergency room, I have been trying to be very careful since. I still have dull aches in the groin areas, but it started a month ago on the right side.They checked me for a hernia and took Xray's, and found nothing.They gave me some pain pills and some anti imflamitories. I had a hernia about 35 years ago, and a vasectomy about 10 years ago, I am 44 yaers old. My pain began without aches just a couple of very sharp pains, one one morning and 2 days later three sharp pains one that dropped me to the floor. They only lasted a brief second, but now a month later I have aches in both side of my groin. I went and saw my doctor also, he was not much help. It sounds like there are many people having the same problem. If you hear of what is causing this please let me know. I feel like I am just waiting for it to come back, and don't know how to stop it.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 10, 2010
    • 11:44 PM
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  • Dear Friend,I was doing research for my boyfriend who has your exact condition. Do you know what it is? What have they tested you for? I'm afraid my boyfriend is headed towards the same condition as you, permanent disability. It has ruined our sex life since he has severe pain during ejaculation and pain for hours afterwards. He has three types of pain: heaviness, "lightning" which feels like someone put an ice pick through his testicles, and burning like a hot poker, especially around one area. One day it's on the right, the next on the left. Do you have any advice for us? My boyfriend's with Kaiser and they won't authorize a MRI. We're going to do it privately to see if we can find anything.You're not alone. Let's help each other out.Much love and blessings.i have the same symptoms since 12/2008 and my recent diagnosis is/ permanent nerve and muscle damage, it took a year before i was told i had 2 inguinal hernias and repaired, now i am being sent for a procedure where they send in a scope and freeze the nerve in the groin area but was told 8-12 month wait for an appointment and have only used marijuana for the nausea which changes with the pain. physiotherapy helped alot, they used an ultrasound device on my groin area and i hope this can help you.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 16, 2010
    • 03:38 PM
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  • Hi, I am sorry to hear of your conditions, which sound really severe. My condition is not quite as bad as yet, but I can relate to much of what was said here. Critically, I can suffer moderate discomfort for days after sex, which is not the best situation to be in. It seems to stem from my left inguinal canal. I have seen 3 surgeons in the UK, one of which has operated twice on my right side and now won't go near me. They seem to all be of the opinion that the right side is chronically damaged (because the pain has never gone away there) so why do the same to the left, but I know something is wrong internally on the left side. Sadly, the ultrasound I had over a year ago suggested an inguinal problem on the left, but the surgeons are not buying it. They say it's post-operative pain and tell me to take anti-inflammatories. The thing is, the drugs don't touch this pain. It feels so deep. It varies form stabbing to itching to aching to shooting down my leg and into my abdomen. Wearing jeans is a no no. Sorry if this is off point but I would like to know if any of you experince itching just off-set from your penis as part of your conditions? I have not read of this anywhere yet, and I am trying to build up a picture of what is going on here, as we all are. My impression is, unless you have a clearly detectable lump in your groin, it is for the Gods to protect us (!). FYI, I believe that there are standard ops now for severing key nerves in hernia regions that may be helpful to those of you who have previously had such surgery and are experiencing related pain. Thanks
    tm1981 1 Replies
    • January 5, 2011
    • 02:02 PM
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  • Even though the original posts in this thread are from 2011, I'm still going to post here hoping someone sees it and may offer some help. Around October of 2011, I began having groin pain, but no bulging or anything like that. Just a shap pain right where my thigh meets the pubic bone area and the abdominal wall.... in the apex or crease of where my thigh bends. It's only been on the right side. I went to see an Orthopedic Specialist, had 2 MRIs (thigh & hip), and they only saw slight inflammation and a little bit of fluid, but I've never had a fever associated with it, so I don't think it's an infection. I've been taking Voltaren regularly for a long time, and actually had to work from home for about three months (luckily I had a job where I could work from home, but I had to lie in bed completely stretched out to keep from being in such pain). This has gone on for so long and still persists to this date. I cannot sit in chairs where my legs sit at a 90-degree angle to my body without having excruciating pain upon standing. It's like the groin muscle gets all bunched up and when I stand and it stretches out, it is very unhappy about that situation. Sometimes it takes me 2-3 minutes to just stand up fully erect. And even then I limp for a while. I have to stand up fully, stretch out my leg and actually kind of stretch my leg backwards to more fully elongate the muscle. If I sit in a passed chair where the chair back can be pushed back, it's not so bad. It's also fine sitting in my car because that's not at a 90-degree angle. I've always thought it was just a pulled muscle, but the orthopedist thought it might have been torn originally, although the MRI didn't really show that fully. To this very date, I am restricted because I cannot stand for a very long time because it hurts so bad. I don't have a problem going to the grocery story because I have a cart I can lean on, but just free-standing is limited to about 2- to 3-minutes at a time. I have no clue how the injury occurred, but the doctor told me that it could have been something very slight (a roll-over in my sleep, a mis-step) that I wouldn't have noticed at the time of the injury. I started noticing it when I would sit for a long time at my desk, and when I'd get up, I would be completely incapacitated and couldn't walk for several minutes. Am I bound for surgery or what can I do? I'm at my wits end, and this is at a VERY inopportune time as I am currently looking for a new job (was laid off from last one due to the economy). Any input would be tremendously appreciated. Thanks!OkieGirl
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  • I've had this same problem for about 15 years. My doctor recommend I take Allegra, an antihistamine, to dull the pain. I have found it helps on most day, but have also found that the amount of heat that builds up from wearing jeans or multiple layers of clothing cause it to flare up. I've had skin problems my entire life and one of the medication i use, Betameasome, is a topical steroid does a good job at eliminating the pain. After applying it, it takes about 24 hours to work but the pain then goes away for several weeks. I have also discovered that the amount of sweat that build up down there can cause it to flair up. So when I notice the sweat building up I change my underwear. These are not permanent solutions, but they can make it tolerable.
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • September 10, 2015
    • 11:29 AM
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