My husband has had a recurring pain in the groin area for six months or more. It does not occur at any particular time, such as when doing strenuous work. It can happen driving or just standing. What can be causing this?
Without knowing the precise situation, I can only guess. A number of things can cause groin pain. When a strain or injury has been ruled out, then hernia is usually one of the leading suspects. It also could be an infection or problem in the lymph glands or an inflammation within the testicles.
A hernia occurs when a portion of the intestine bulges out through torn, weak muscle tissue in the abdominal wall near the groin. The bulging portion of the intestine is the hernia. It is not always a dangerous condition, but there is a risk that the hernia could cut off the blood supply to a section of the intestines, a process known as strangulation.
Hernias need prompt medical attention because they do not go away by themselves, and without treatment they may continue to grow larger and larger.
Six months down the line, your husband has waited far too long to see a doctor. Suggest to him that if the problem were going to resolve itself without medical care, it would have done so by now. It is time to make that appointment!