Hip / Groin / Upper Leg

Genitofemoral Neuralgia

What is genitofemoral neuralgia?

Genitofemoral neuralgia is a painful disorder of the genitofemoral nerve due to damage and/or loss of function in this nerve.

Cause

Genitofemoral neuralgia can have many causes, the most common being damage as a result of abdominal surgery, such as caesarian section, hernial repair surgery, appendix surgery and pelvic surgery.

Signs and symptoms

The symptoms in genitofemoral neuralgia usually consist of an unpleasant painful sensation in the lower abdomen and the genitals. Patients complain of severe burning and stabbing pain.

How is genitofemoral neuralgia diagnosed?

The diagnosis can be made based on the symptoms and by exclusion of other causes. A nneurological examination must always take place.

Do I need additional examinations?

  • Diagnostic examination for other non-physical factors important for your pain, have already been done by yourself trough filling out your pain questionnaires.
  • EMG.
  • A diagnostic test block of this nerve can confirm the diagnosis.

What are my treatment possibilities?

Multidisciplinary Treatment

Depending on the cause of your pain, your pain specialist will decide whether or not to embark on physical treatment. Based on the results of the completed pain questionnaire, additional examinations can be carried out and, apart from physical treatment, other methods of treatment will be suggested.

Non-physical Treatments

If the results of your pain questionnaire are abnormal, your pain specialist will offer you one of the non-physical treatments listed below:

Physical Treatments

Medication

Interventional Pain Treatments