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Life can be a pain in the groin. You hear about groin pain all the time if you watch enough football, baseball and basketball. But, you do not have to be an athlete to experience a pain in the area where the abdomen meets the legs. Actually, it is quite easy to understand why so many people experience groin pain at some point in life because so much is happening in that region of the body. Many different muscles attach in that area. The major bones of the spine, pelvis, and legs join in that area. And some very important internal organs lie nearby as well. With so much that can go wrong, it is no wonder why life can be a pain in the groin.
By far and away, the most common cause of groin pain is muscular. Did you ever wonder why a big 300 pound lineman could hit the ground and wince like a baby due to a groin injury? Hey, those muscles really can hurt. One muscle is the Iliopsoas which flexes the hip. Because of its deep position along the spine before it attaches in the groin, ...
Competitive and recreational sports athletes can develop painful groin symptoms from a pulled muscle. The condition is called adductor enthesis . Adductor refers to the group of four leg muscles that attach to the pubic bone in the pelvic/groin area. Enthesis is the place where the tendon meets the bone. Usually this spot is a mixture of fibrous and cartilage soft tissue. Overuse from repeated kicking and/or sprinting sets up an inflammatory response that eventually becomes chronic with telltale changes in the soft tissue structures. The condition is diagnosed through a combination of patient history, clinical tests, and MRIs. The groin pain may occur only after activity or it may be described as occurring with activity but without restricting movement. More severe pain will restrict activity; some athletes with adductor enthesis have chronic (constant) pain that may get marginally better but never goes away. In this study, athletes evaluated and treated at a sports medicine clinic for g...
Over the weekend, I noticed an interesting question in a column by The People’s Pharmacy’s Joe and Teresa Graedon that addressed the topic of flatulence due to diet. The person who wrote in said that her son is a vegetarian who eats a lot of beans and dairy for protein, as well as lots of vegetables. He especially eats a lot of broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and carrots. “He is so flatulent, we can hardly stand it,” the mother wrote.
Smelly gas is one thing, but as I did a little research, there can be other outcomes from gas, such as misdiagnosis of other health issues. For instance, gas in the intestines can cause severe pain for some people, leading to misdiagnosis for a more severe condition. When pain from gas is on the left side of the colon, doctors can confuse it with heart disease. When the pain is on the right side, doctors may suspect gallstones or appendicitis.
So what is gas? Why does it occur? Why does it become smelly? What foods caus...
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