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Old August 20th, 2010, 11:40 PM   #1
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Red face Numbness/Tinglinng in the groin/inner thigh area

So this stuff has been bothering me for the last two months now. I have made an appointment with the neurology specialist, but it's not for months, so maybe someone here has an idea or a similar problem.

It actually began one afternoon after inline skating (I have been skating for a couple of months prior), there was strong tingling in the right side of my inner thigh and groin (testicles, etc.). I've tried to mark it on a diagram below. Sorry for the low quality



This tingling sensation lasted about half a day and then it went away. And from then on I have been having these strange symptoms in the same area, such as slight tingling at times, loss of sensation (feels different to the touch), soreness. It has more or less stayed the same, with some better and worse days.

I don't know if skating has much effect on this, after skating I do get some slight pain in this are and the symptoms seem a bit more noticeable. I have since taken a break from skating for like a month, but the symptoms are mostly still there, so I don't know really.


So does anyone have any useful information on this or perhaps prior experience? I really want to continue skating but not if the problem is going to get worse. Maybe a change of activity (cycling and such)?
Thanks everyone.
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Old August 21st, 2010, 12:58 AM   #2
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Hi LeQ, good diagram man. Back when I was a state residential hosing inspector I would be on my feet all day, every day and once actually calculated an average of well over 300 flights of stairs a week. OK, not marathon training, but after a couple years I started to get what I will call shooting numbness in my right thigh. For me, it was something that originated on the outside (not inside or groin) of my thigh about 6 inches below my hip bone and shot down into my knee. Got odd tingly sensation with it. Started in with some odd hip pain and lower back aches after a bit (of being an idiot and not getting it checked out right away). Then the numbness thing started just a bit on the left side and on the right it was starting in my ankles. Sorry for the long intro... Good family friend is a Podiatric surgeon. Mentioned this to him and he did a quick look over and scheduled me for an evaluation. Turns out my arches are completely shot out. Some part genetic and some part idiot riding motocross bikes either barefoot or in cheap Chucks. Those foot pegs did a job, maybe that's part of why they make motocross boots? I have been in prescription orthotics ever since, 14 years, I know because I went in to see him today to talk skates. What a difference. If I could get them in porcelain and bolt them to my shower floor life would be almost perfect. All that went away, all of it. It'll creep up still, Now and again, mostly hanging barefoot by the pool and being on the concrete for a long afternoon. I put my sneaks back on and ahhhhhh! Now I am not saying this is anything or not. I'm no doc. "Boot sports" as doc said this a.m. are tough on the feet until you get the boots just right. He was not liking my current skates BTW. He wants me in better boots soon. I hope all is good and you get skating again soon, and most of all I hope all is well!
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Old August 21st, 2010, 02:14 AM   #3
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Thanks four your input man. I guess improper boots might be part of this problem, although I have had them for several years now without other problems, until this one of course.
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Old August 21st, 2010, 03:16 AM   #4
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Had the same feeling 3 or 4 years ago. I dealt with the pain, nagging feeling for about a year.

For me it was a hernia.
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Old August 21st, 2010, 09:40 AM   #5
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My guess is that there is some damage in that area, with a bit of swelling to boot. The swelling will irritate the nerves, causing the tingling. The pain may be pain from some connective tissue or muscle slightly damaged in that area.

LOL. Double checked your post. Yeah, biking, especially on a recumbent, would be my suggestion. Biking will not stress that area the way skating would. Mostly just a workout for your quads, and hamstrings and calves if you are using clips.

Any discomfort while stretching up in that area? I was having a right hip issue that I think I caused by trying to stretch too far too fast. Perhaps you may recall doing something similar? Or a fall, perhaps?
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Old August 21st, 2010, 09:56 AM   #6
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The muscles of the inner thigh are fairly weak and easily injured compared to the other muscles of the leg. You may have a minor pull of the muscles, tendons, or ligaments. Given the areas you marked possibly near where they anchor to the upper leg bone. Nothing but a doctor can actually tell though. In the meantime, try long soaks in epsom salts and hot water.
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Had the same feeling 3 or 4 years ago. I dealt with the pain, nagging feeling for about a year.

For me it was a hernia.
Yeah my doctor was checking for signs of that based on my symptoms, but said there are no external signs pointing to hernia.

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My guess is that there is some damage in that area, with a bit of swelling to boot. The swelling will irritate the nerves, causing the tingling. The pain may be pain from some connective tissue or muscle slightly damaged in that area.

LOL. Double checked your post. Yeah, biking, especially on a recumbent, would be my suggestion. Biking will not stress that area the way skating would. Mostly just a workout for your quads, and hamstrings and calves if you are using clips.

Any discomfort while stretching up in that area? I was having a right hip issue that I think I caused by trying to stretch too far too fast. Perhaps you may recall doing something similar? Or a fall, perhaps?
Could be some damage definitely. Not really having much issues when stretching.
As far as accidents go, this year I don't think there have been any. I have had the occasional near-fall, when you get something stuck in between you wheels, so it might be this.

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The muscles of the inner thigh are fairly weak and easily injured compared to the other muscles of the leg. You may have a minor pull of the muscles, tendons, or ligaments. Given the areas you marked possibly near where they anchor to the upper leg bone. Nothing but a doctor can actually tell though. In the meantime, try long soaks in epsom salts and hot water.
I used to have baths previously but it became too much of a chore. But I'll try it again if it might help.
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Old August 21st, 2010, 01:31 PM   #8
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Had the same feeling 3 or 4 years ago. I dealt with the pain, nagging feeling for about a year.

For me it was a hernia.
That's what I was going to suggest. A cyclist friend had this for a while, and had the hernia operation about a year ago. Try and be persistent with the doctors if they try to shrug it off, or ask for specialist referral. Good luck,
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Old August 22nd, 2010, 04:08 AM   #9
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While not allowed in some pro races, I've heard that cross-gender drafting can also cause these symptoms.






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While not allowed in some pro races, I've heard that cross-gender drafting can also cause these symptoms.

Yeah, I have had a swelling problem from that. And the Ibuprofen I took did not help.
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Old August 22nd, 2010, 01:02 PM   #11
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So what are the other signs of a possible hernia, besides the bulge, which I don't seem to have,, unless it's really small and not noticeable?
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Old August 22nd, 2010, 04:51 PM   #12
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A hernia is the abdominal contents pushing past the normal abdominal wall and towards the scrotum as it follows the route of the vas deferens to the testicles. You'll get a bulge as the contents push against the weakened wall. There would also be a bit of discomfort and nerve involvement associated with it.

I'd let the doc diagnose it first, though, before running down paths of self-diagnoisis
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