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can a woman have a hernia on the left side of the groin?

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I have had a pain in my groin area on the left side for three weeks. My doctor put me on predisone. It didn't help. He thought it sounded more like a strained muscle. I have no pain when I'm sitting down, but when I stand and get up to walk it is painful. I can feel any "growth" in the area. It appears fine. Can women have hernias and what should I do about it?? I am 63.
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replied April 10th, 2011
Yes, women can have hernias of the groin (inguinal) area, just like men. Additionally, women are more likely to have a rare variant of groin hernias, known as femoral hernias. Because femoral hernias are more difficult to diagnose by physical examination than the other types of groin hernias, some patients may require imaging studies of the groin and pelvis (such as ultrasound, MRI scan, or CT scan) to completely rule out an inguinal or femoral hernia.


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