Definition A groin lump is localized swelling in the groin area (where the upper leg meets the lower abdomen). It may be firm or soft, tender or not painful at all. Alternative Names Lump in the groin; Inguinal lymphadenopathy; Localized lymphadenopathy-groin; Bubo; Lymphadenopathy - groin Considerations All groin lumps should be examined by your health care provider. Common Causes Allergic reaction Cancer Drug reaction Harmless (benign) cyst Hernia (usually a soft, large bulge in the groin on one or both sides) Infections in the legs Injury trauma to the groin area Lipomas (harmless fatty growths) Sexually transmitted diseases such as genital herpes, chlamydia, and gonorrhea Swollen lymph glands in the groin area
Walking abnormalities are unusual and uncontrollable walking patterns that are usually due to diseases or injuries to the legs, feet, brain, spinal cord, or inner ear.
The pattern of how a person walks is called the gait. Many different types of walking problems occur without a person's control. Most, but not all, are due to some physical condition.
Some walking abnormalities have been given names:
Propulsive gait -- a stooped, stiff posture with the head and neck bent forward
Scissors gait -- legs flexed slightly at the hips and knees like crouching, with the knees and thighs hitting or crossing in a scissors-like movement
Spastic gait -- a stiff, foot-dragging walk caused by a long muscle contraction on one side
Steppage gait -- foot drop where the foot hangs with the toes pointing down, causing the toes to scrape the ground while walking, requiring someone to lift...
When I first got sick, I couldn’t fathom taking part in walks for rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. At the time, it felt like a gavel coming down, like taking part in such a public and overt display made it all real, meant that I really was sick, and that I was a twenty something living with these illnesses.
In some ways, it worked out that my diagnoses came right around the time when the walks were taking place, so in 2008, there was absolutely no way I was going to do them. But since then, I have made these walks an annual thing, a symbolic representation that I am living with these illnesses.
In 2009, I did the arthritis walk with one of my very good friends, and the lupus walk with my aunt. I was still feeling unsure about the whole thing, but ultimately, I have come to see these walks as a necessary part of my life. If I am physically healthy enough to do them, I will.
This year, my aunt and I did the arthritis walk a few weekends ago at the Detroit Zoo, a...
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