I was going backwards and forwards from the docs and having scans for 6 months and nobody once suggested anything but a hernia even though the hernia was tiny and could only be seen with very fine scanners.
I would think that if you could get your doctor to look Gilmore's Groin up then he should be able to give you the advise you need. My visit to the private consultant/surgeon should not have been necessary as I was referred for a hernia op. I feel lucky that he was well informed. He was very anti the surgery route though, which he was not convinced it was necessary.
My husband just returned from a trip a board and brought back a strange disease and because he knew what he had been bitten by, he suspected what his diagnosis might be, his doctor thanked him for bringing him something he had not come across before and was keen to look it up. So as not many GPs seem to know about Gilmores groin he might be grateful that you suggest it.
Sneezing is very painful if you don't prepare for it!!!
Just had gilmore's groin diagnosed yesterday. After 6 months of frustrating tests and scans my G P referred me to a private hernia consultant to have my hernia operated on. As it was constantly painful he thought it could be dangerous. Within 5 mins of proding the consultant said he didn't think it was the hernia that could he causing the pain as it was too small on the scan and that up to 80% of people have small hernias that never cause them any pain or problem. The next 40 mins he went on to talk about Gilmore's Groin/ Sports Hermia and everything fell into place. I then looked up other peoples symtoms and all the symtoms were identical to mine - Hurts to do sit up and getting out of bed and the car - can not stretch the leg down. Painful at the start of a run, not so much during it but then for a day after....................and sneezing!!!!!!!!!!!!!
He was very informative and said he would advise rest and physio and was not convinced that there was enough proof that the ops worked!! He said that if he did the hernia op as suggested I would have to rest for 6 weeks and in that time the pain would have had time to heel and it would all be put down to a successful op. As he was private and doing himself out of business I felt quite assured.
Interestingly he said they seemed to be more common with runner that turned their feet out slightly, which as I also have a injured knee and my running partner says that when i get tired my foot drifts out a bit and this is also the sore side. He was quite scathing of the op as he said time taken off healing is the same as if you just rested it. Hard to do when you have a race coming up though!!
The other strange thing is that you all seem to be guys and I am a girl!!!!!!!!!!!! so it looks like it's more common in men and at least you don't have to go through all the gynie stuff first because with us any pain down there can never be anything else.
Would really like to hear if there are any women sufferers out there.
I think I will go down the resting route although my consultant said if I manage to run through it, which on a good day I can, I could wait until a convienient time comes up - ie after my next race.
You are all right about Docs not knowing about it because it seems so obvious when this last consultant looked at me. Nobody else had ever mentioned anything like it.