Hernia???

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    Aug 17, 2009 12:05 AM GMT
    Okay...

    Last Thursday I noticed that in the pelvic region, on the right side, it's larger than the left side. This, I don't recall being there last week. In certain positions, it hurts, but not bad. I had a friend that's an EMT come and look at it, and to him, it appears to be a hernia, but it doesn't hurt like he expected it to. Needless to say, I"m calling my doc in the morning.

    I don't recall anything that I did physically that would have caused this, but I lift a lot, both at the gym and in working around the house and the garage.

    Has anyone had one? Had the surgery? Had any other experiences?? Obviously, I'm not lifting anything until I find out what's going on.

    Thanks!

  • EricLA

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    Aug 17, 2009 12:22 AM GMT
    I had a hernia as a kid. If you lift a lot and aren't careful, sure you can get a hernia. And, yes, I had the surgery. Walked at a 90 degree angle for a few days. Getting up from being seated or laying down required a bit of rolling. Was told I'd only have a little scar, but it's a few inches long, though now thin and only a slight shade pinker than regular skin.
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    Aug 17, 2009 12:28 AM GMT
    What you're describing sounds like an inguinal hernia, where are fairly common.

    I had two, one on each side. The one on my left was so bad part of my intestines had distended down into my scrotum.

    Oddly enough it never really hurt unless I got super stressed or did a lot of lower ab work. I'd had the one on the left for years before I finally got on insurance and got it taken care of.

    Surgery wasn't any big deal at all. I was in the hospital for about 12 hours total, including checking in and the operation being pushed back two hours... then having to wait to pee after.

    Recovery wasn't much fun. You're going to be sore. Very sore. Anything that engages your core is going to hurt to do. After a couple of days it gets less annoying to move around, but you're looking at at least a week off from your job. I took two, and I was glad to have the second week.

    The only scaring I have are two small lines on each side about midway on my torso, and a small one in my belly button where they put the scope in.

    Anyway, good luck when you get the surgery done. I recommend getting a TV series on DVD to kick back and watch, and some liquids to eat for the first few days.
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    Aug 17, 2009 1:10 AM GMT
    Not sure I have much to add as GwgTrunks hit most of it. I had an inguinal hernia on my left side ten years ago. Like you I didn't do anything to cause it. And it only hurt in certain positions. Laying down I was fine because the intestines would go back to where they belong. When I sat for long periods I would have the tell-tale bulge where there shouldn't be one. It was never too painful, just uncomfortable. If it wasn't for that bulge, I'm not sure i would have gone to the doctor when i did.

    According to the doctor, there was a hole that never closed after the testes descended into the scrotum and the hernia could have appeared at anytime after birth. He also said I have a 50% chance of developing a hernia on the other side.

    I had a morning surgery and was home after lunch. I was only out of work for 2 days afterward (but I also had the weekend for additional recovery). I was unable to exercise for 6-8 weeks.

    The only lingering effect of the surgery is I felt that there was a lack of sensation around the scar. I would say that lasted for at least five years. I don't notice that anymore.

    Good luck

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    Aug 17, 2009 1:17 AM GMT
    I actually have a DOUBLE hernia right now. Thankfully it rarely painful, mostly uncomfortable when I feel anything. I just have to avoid lifting anything too heavy (including when I'm working out -- I have to do lighter weight, higher reps). I also have to avoid certain foods (ie. broccoli) as they can cause some gastrointestinal discomfort.

    Go have it diagnosed -- it's very quick and and easy for your doctor to determine it (the notorious "turn your head & cough"). If it is a hernia, it can be repaired before it gets any worse. I'm having it done in a clinic that ONLY does hernias -- because it's a double hernia, I"ll be in there about 6 days (they will do each side separately on different days, with at least one day of healing in between). It's pretty routine, so I'm not worried. I'm more anxious for it to be over.

    Let us know how you get on.
  • swimmerdude52...

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    Aug 17, 2009 1:27 AM GMT
    done a little bit of rotation work in hospitals and this is the best at home advice i can give you...but you need to go see a doc to be put on meds or fix the problem. Never want to goof around with that area

    if it is a hernia then you should be able to push it in and feel it almost pop in.

    If it is sore and the lump dosent pop back in then it the lymphs and you have an infection
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    Aug 17, 2009 2:01 AM GMT
    Thanks guys for all of the advice.

    I've only noticed pain when sitting down, with my left leg over teh right knee, or sitting indian style. popping the lump back in doesn't hurt, and it's not sore or tender to the touch.

    I"ll call the doc in the morning and see what she's got to say....

    Thanks for all the advice, especially to GwgTrunks. Xanadude...wow. doubles...
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    Aug 17, 2009 4:08 AM GMT
    Hey man, I had two hernias a few years back and they are not fun if you wait to get it checked out. I never remembered doing any heavy lifting to cause mine to tear. My doc said the tear was something I was born with and a quick turn could have tore it open.

    Listen to the doc on what to do after surgery with moving and what not. It was rough getting up without some pain and rolling around... Best technique is to roll onto your side and scoot your way to the edge of the bed to drop your legs over so you come up into a sitting position.

    Let me know if you have any questions.
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    Aug 17, 2009 12:34 PM GMT
    I had an inguinal heria for years... it was repaired in 2004. Doctor said it was the biggest he had seen since I had had it for years. lol

    Nothing special to worry about. Surgery is nothing to fret over.

    I remember feeling it as a kid and thought it was normal... a hernia is basically when your bowls push through your inner body lining. A section of my bowls pushed through and dropped down into my sac.

    Years went by before I realized: This isn't normal!

    So now my sac is kinda strechy... like those guys who purposfully stretch their sac with weights! lol

    *Yes my balls hang low--they can wobble to and fro. I can tie them in a knot; I can tie them in a bow. I can throw them over my shoulder like a Continental soilder. Yes my balls hang low.*
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    Aug 18, 2009 12:09 AM GMT
    I had a bilateral operation a few years back that was clean and I've had a full recovery. For the first year after the surgery it appeared like I had gained a bit of a belly as the muscles were torn and sagging. That eventually returned to normal.
  • theodore

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    Mar 10, 2012 10:30 PM GMT
    I just realized I had a hernia yesterday, but have had the pain for a couple of months, the bulge is so small that I thought maybe I just had a little extra fat. But nice to see I am not the only one, I was really depressed and feeling like a freak. I got mine because I read if the testicles hang low they produce more testosterone, so I never sat down for weeks except for about 15 minutes to eat, and when I slept. Well my feet swelled and I got a hernia, that should teach me a lesson for being vain as I thought I would really look hot if I was producing more testosterone.

    Now I read that The American Journal of Medicine is not advising elective surgery anymore, because of possible severe and lifelong complications, that is not to say that many surgeries are not a success, because they are. But I am afraid of surgery, and am considering getting a truss. Has anyone else worn one of these, or aren't they necessary?
  • Kwokpot

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    Mar 13, 2012 1:27 AM GMT
    theodore saidI just realized I had a hernia yesterday, but have had the pain for a couple of months, the bulge is so small that I thought maybe I just had a little extra fat. But nice to see I am not the only one, I was really depressed and feeling like a freak. I got mine because I read if the testicles hang low they produce more testosterone, so I never sat down for weeks except for about 15 minutes to eat, and when I slept. Well my feet swelled and I got a hernia, that should teach me a lesson for being vain as I thought I would really look hot if I was producing more testosterone.

    Now I read that The American Journal of Medicine is not advising elective surgery anymore, because of possible severe and lifelong complications, that is not to say that many surgeries are not a success, because they are. But I am afraid of surgery, and am considering getting a truss. Has anyone else worn one of these, or aren't they necessary?

    No, wrong decision. First of all, you should see a doctor. Second, I do't think you should fear the surgery. I have had 2 hernia surgerys, 15 yrs apart. The techniques have advanced alot, and the surgery itself is nothing. Only the recovery is a PITA, but only for the first week.

    While I have read recently of concerns about hernia surgery, if you find a good surgeon it really isn't an issue. You would voice your concerns to the surgeon regarding the mesh patch used, and have him discuss the pros & cons.

    I had my first hernia surgery done in 95' & there have been NO issues at all with the repair, patch, scar - no issues. I had the 2nd done in 2010, and it was a breeze, again no issues. In fact, I now continue to do HEAVY legwork @ the gym with no issues, which the doctor said is just fine.
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    Aug 03, 2012 2:43 AM GMT
    While eating dinner a month ago, some food went down the wrong pipe and I coughed to get it out. That's when I felt a slight give near the groin, on the right side of my body. I got scared and was hoping I didn't do anything bad.

    I had some ongoing achiness with my right testicle and groin area since then, but nothing much. Then yesterday things got really bad. I've been in pretty serious pain since then. My right nut hurts like Hell and my groin aches. I went to the doc and he felt around my groin area and said he felt a couple of small bumps and mentioned something about a possible hernia, but that he couldn't tell anything by looking at me, since everything looked fine. He is sending me to get an ultrasound. I have that scheduled for tomorrow. I really hope I don't have a hernia. This pisses me off to no end!!!!
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    Aug 03, 2012 3:11 AM GMT
    Been there done it too. Mine never really hurt. I would wear compression shorts for a week or two and it would kind of repair itself. It took 3 months before i got it operated on, when i did the surgeon cut me open to repair it. 2 days later i got pneumonia and blew it out. Three months later he repaired it again with laproscopic surgery... it went great. As mentioned by others... please don't leave it... it could strangulate and go into gangrene.. and that wouldn't be nice. Good luck...
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    Aug 03, 2012 3:37 AM GMT
    I had an inguinal hernia in 2008. As the OP described, one side of the groin area protruded. And it hurt like an absolute bitch. Hernia belt totally saved me in the period between my doc's confirming diagnosis and the surgery to repair it.

    The procedure was laparoscopic. One incision near the bellybutton was where the tube with the camera went in, and there were two smaller incisions in pubeville where the "knitting needles" went in to attach the mesh that covered the hernia. The two small incisions never caused me any pain, but the belly one was plenty sore for awhile. You find out just how many incidental body movements use those muscles when they've been cut into.

    But once I healed up, I was as good as new, and have remained so ever since.
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    Aug 03, 2012 4:41 AM GMT
    JustStartin saidI had an inguinal hernia in 2008. As the OP described, one side of the groin area protruded. And it hurt like an absolute bitch. Hernia belt totally saved me in the period between my doc's confirming diagnosis and the surgery to repair it.

    The procedure was laparoscopic. One incision near the bellybutton was where the tube with the camera went in, and there were two smaller incisions in pubeville where the "knitting needles" went in to attach the mesh that covered the hernia. The two small incisions never caused me any pain, but the belly one was plenty sore for awhile. You find out just how many incidental body movements use those muscles when they've been cut into.

    But once I healed up, I was as good as new, and have remained so ever since.

    If this does turn out to be a Hernia, my neighbor told me not to get the mesh under any circumstance. His brother had it and had to get it removed. His mother has it and he says she's been having issues too. You seem to be doing well with it, though.
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    Aug 03, 2012 4:49 AM GMT
    Helios69 saidIf this does turn out to be a Hernia, my neighbor told me not to get the mesh under any circumstance. His brother had it and had to get it removed. His mother has it and he says she's been having issues too. You seem to be doing well with it, though.

    I would Google it. And, obviously, get your doc's advice. Certain types of mesh were recalled just a year or two before I had mine done. I have read that recurrence rates are far lower with mesh repair than with suture repair. Guess there are always risks.

    I hope you don't have a hernia, and all of this proves to be a moot point. icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 03, 2012 5:27 AM GMT
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    Helios69 saidIf this does turn out to be a Hernia, my neighbor told me not to get the mesh under any circumstance. His brother had it and had to get it removed. His mother has it and he says she's been having issues too. You seem to be doing well with it, though.

    I would Google it. And, obviously, get your doc's advice. Certain types of mesh were recalled just a year or two before I had mine done. I have read that recurrence rates are far lower with mesh repair than with suture repair. Guess there are always risks.

    I hope you don't have a hernia, and all of this proves to be a moot point. icon_smile.gif

    I hope it isn't. I have enough problems in my life.
  • Matt_920

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    Aug 03, 2012 3:32 PM GMT
    Had one side done when I was in middle school. No problems but had not pushed any intestine into my sac.

    2 years ago had other side done after noticing bulge/slight discomfort. They put one of the Mesh Plugs in. 1st year tons of pain, huge effect on my life. 2nd year better but I still can't do lots of physical activities. Dr's claim either nerve damage or spermatic cord entrapment. Huge risks with taking out the mesh as becomes a huge scar tissue after healing.

    I don't think I would ever do a mesh again. Chronic Pain sucks. While the old style of just stitching up muscle has a lower lifetime success rate (higher re-occurrence) I would go that method as 5% failure rate is better than the 6% of constant pain (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1602172/).

    Good luck with your decision.
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    Aug 04, 2012 2:10 AM GMT
    Had an ultrasound today. Negative for Hernia according to the technician. Relieved.