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Suffering from pain in groin, left side of stomach, chest and back due to scurvy

Last Updated - Fri, Mar 16 2018

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I am 35 years old male,from last 3 months I am facing little pain my groin left side and small pain in left side stomach and small in left side of my chest and left side back pain. I am getting much saliva and when I chew and split getting little black or red colour blood in saliva, my mouth getting bitter sometimes.
I have shown to my family doctor 20 days back. He did all the blood tests (sugar,blood count etc) and urine test and he checked my groin also. He told everything is fine and he given some vitamin C tablets and iron tablets. The main thing is from last 6 months sometimes I am standing and working continuously for 12 hours in a day. I don't have cough or any other problems and not even weakness. Also, I am not a smoker. 
Can u please let me know the problem?

Category: General Physician

Dr. Aditi Gupta

MD - Internal Medicine
Angeles University

Pain in groin can be due to many reasons. One of them can be muscular pain. From your dental symptoms it appears you have Scurvy, that is deficiency of Vitamin C. This requires correction as advised by your family physician. However if the pain is continuous you must seek a hospital care and consult a Surgeon for further management and treatment. Get abdomen pelvic ultrasound done and may discuss reports.


Scurvy is a disease caused by vitamin C.
The patient can develop debility, exhaustion, anaemia,  swelling in some parts of the body, and sometimes ulceration of the gums and loss of teeth.

It is impossible for humans to synthesize vitamin C, which is necessary for the production of collagen and iron absorption. In order to prevent the vitamin C deficiency known as scurvy, we have to obtain it from external sources, i.e. from fruits and vegetables, or some foods which are fortified with vitamin C.

Causes of Scurvy

The primary cause of scurvy is insufficient intake of vitamin C which may be due to ignorance, famine, restrictive diets (due to allergies, food fads, etc.), or difficulty orally ingesting foods. 

Symptoms of scurvy

  • Scurvy symptoms may begin with 
  • appetite loss 
  • diarrohea
  • poor weight gain
  • fever
  • rapid breathing
  • irritability
  • tenderness and discomfort in legs
  • swelling over long bones
  • bleeding (hemorrhaging), and feelings of paralysis
  • bleeding of the gums
  • loosened teeth
  • petechial hemorrhage of the skin
  • mucous membranes

Treatments for scurvy

Scurvy is treated by providing the patient with vitamin C, administered either orally or via injection. Orange juice usually functions as an effective dietary remedy. Also specific vitamin supplements can be taken if needed.

Dr. Aditi Gupta

MD - Internal Medicine
Angeles University

Dr. Aditi Gupta has worked in the emergency department for Hospitals like Fortis Hospital (Bengaluru)and St.Philomena's Hospital(Bengaluru). She has also participated in numerous health studies in Philippines.

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Pain in groin, left side of stomach, chest and back due to scurvy

Suffering from pain in left side of groin, stomach, chest and back due to scurvy. Also experience a lot of saliva when I chew. Please help.