Painful Lymph Nodes Around The Groin

What Causes Painful Lumps Around Groin?

Painful lumps around groin can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'critical'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose painful lumps around groin, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "painful lumps around groin" as a symptom.  Here are eight possibilities:
  • Vasectomy Side-Effects
  • CLL Leukemia
  • Lymphatic Congestion
  • Infectious Mononucleosis
  • Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis)
  • Enlarged Lymph Nodes
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Sarcoidosis

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
elevated lymphocyte count
frequent stools
fatigue after slight exertion
unexplained fevers that hit hard
occasional sore throats
frequent swollen inguinal nodes
current sore throat
high sensitivity to bright light
excessive thirst
unusual current rash
current atypical headaches
watery eyes
... and more than 60 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of painful lumps around groin:
Cause Probability Status
Vasectomy Side-Effects 94% Confirm
Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis) 27% Unlikely
Enlarged Lymph Nodes 14% Unlikely
Sarcoidosis 0% Ruled out
Lymphatic Congestion 0% Ruled out
Infectious Mononucleosis 0% Ruled out
HIV/AIDS 0% Ruled out
CLL Leukemia 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate recent swollen/painful lymph nodes, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
GROIN (INGUINAL) REGION: Do you have any tender or painful lymph nodes here?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No
→ Often, but not right now
→ 1-2 lymph nodes painful
→ 3 or more nodes painful
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate no painful inguinal nodes, frequent painful inguinal nodes, painful inguinal nodes or multiple painful inguinal nodes, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Enlarged Lymph Nodes

Enlarged Lymph Nodes also suggests the following possibilities:

... and also rule out issues such as:
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