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
Look at your foot and ankle, without them you would not be able to walk to the store, dance to your favorite tune or drive a car. The foot and ankle are at times our only contact point with the earth and the things we do on earth. If something goes wrong with these important body parts, your whole world can fall apart.
Notice how complicated your foot is from heel to toes. Each foot has 28 bones and 30 joints ; now that is one complicated piece of equipment! Just above your foot is the ankle joint where the shinbone (tibia) rests on top of the talus (the uppermost foot bone). Because of the complicated anatomy and high degree of stress on the foot and ankle complex, this area has a frequent amount of over-diagnosed, under-diagnosed, and misdiagnosed conditions. You and your doctor need to understand that certain conditions can masquerade as others. Falling into a trap of an imposter can give you a never-ending cycle of unhappy feet.
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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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