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Lower Stomach & Groin Pain

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author image Dr. Robert Petros
Dr. Robert Petros has been working at the Yerevan State Medical University Department of Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases since 2009. He has had experience with thousands of patients and done a considerable amount of work in epidemic prevention on the government level.
Lower Stomach & Groin Pain
Pain in the lower abdomen or groin can be a sign of serious health problems. Photo Credit pelvis crest image by JASON WINTER from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

Pain in the lower portion of the abdomen and groin can be a symptom of a number of health conditions, some more serious than others.These conditions include inguinal hernias, kidney stones, testicular torsion in men, tumors and appendicitis.

Inguinal Hernia

When a part of the intestinal tract protrudes through a weak point in the lower abdominal wall, it is known as an inguinal hernia. Inguinal hernia usually manifests itself with a bulge in your groin, pain in your abdomen and groin during physical exertion and a heavy feeling in your groin. Inguinal hernias are usually not dangerous but may cause serious complications.The most common remedy for hernia is corrective surgery.

Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are small solid deposits of minerals and acid salts that gather in your kidneys. They do not usually cause pain in your groin or abdomen until the stones pass through the ureter. The abdominal pain can be accompanied by urine with traces of blood, pain that starts in your lower back then moves to your stomach and groin as well as a persistent urge to urinate. Small stones may pass through your system with little or no medical intervention, but larger stones require medical intervention.

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Appendicitis

The inflammation of the appendix is a common cause of pain in the lower abdomen and groin. The pain is most often located in the right pelvic region but can radiate all over the lower abdominal region. Appendicitis can also manifest itself with fever, nausea, and a swollen abdomen. Appendicitis is an emergency medical condition and if you suspect that you have appendicitis, you should seek medical attention. Appendicitis is treated by surgical removal of the appendix.

Testicular torsion

Testicular torsion can be a cause of pain in the groin and lower abdomen in men. The pain has a sudden onset and can be felt in the groin, abdomen and scrotum. This condition is also characterized by vomiting, nausea, swelling of the scrotum and oddly positioned testicles.This condition is caused by the rotating of the spermatic cord, which goes from the testicles to the abdominal wall. This condition requires immediate surgical correction.

Tumors

Tumors of the urinary systems, lower digestive tract and reproductive system can cause abdominal pain. After reaching a certain size, tumors begin to exert pressure on the organs they originated from and neighboring organs, nerves and blood vessels. This pressure disrupts blood flow and exerts pressure on and damages organs, which can lead to pain in the area of the tumor. A tumor may also cause a heavy feeling in the area it is located.

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