Groin pain is pain in the area where the inner, upper thigh and lower abdomen meet.

Seek immediate medical attention if you have

  • Groin pain associated with back, abdomen or chest pain
  • Sudden, severe testicle pain
  • Testicle pain accompanied by nausea, fever, chills or blood in the urine

Schedule a doctor's visit if you have:

  • Severe groin pain
  • Groin pain that doesn't improve with home treatment within a few days
  • Mild testicle pain lasting longer than a few days
  • A lump or swelling in or around a testicle
  • Intermittent intense pain along the lower side of your abdomen (flank) that may radiate along your groin and into your testicle
  • Blood in your urine

Self-care

If your groin pain is caused by a strain or sprain, these self-care measures may help:

  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) or acetaminophen (Tylenol, others).
  • Place an ice pack or bag of frozen peas on the sore area for 20 to 30 minutes two to four times a day.
May 30, 2014