I was recently diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. Anyone else ever have this? Or any type of hernia? If so I would like to hear your story. What kind of hernia did you have? Did it prevent you from doing things you ordinarily did (running, hiking, sports, etc.) Did you get surgery for it? If so, how did that go? Any recurrent problems or adverse effects from the surgery? How long was the recovery time for you? Any hernia experiences you could share here would be much appreciated.
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Anyone here ever had a hernia?
Posted 17 November 2017 - 06:20 PM
You do not want diverticulosis though.
My brother has had that type of hernia and he's not had surgery. he's had it for about 6 years. but he sits around a lot and plays video games and has not worked in quite some time.
Posted 17 November 2017 - 08:51 PM
The surgery itself went longer than it should have because of how big the tear was. A 30 minute surgery took almost 2 hours. I was out of work for 3 and a half weeks because they did a 6 inch incision and it took a while to heal properly. I was still pretty sore when I went back to work. Recovery sucked because I felt blood rush to the area every time I stood up. Going to sample wedding cake should have been fun, but I was in agony sitting there while the chef brought us a crap loaf of samples. There recovery was 10 times as worse as having the hernia.
I also had one in my belly button a year later that the first doctor wanted to take care of. But seeing as that was the first time I was ever having surgery I wasn't letting him cut twice. The second one was not bad since they did a laparoscopic procedure. Three incisions and some lasers. I was out of work for a week and was 100% when I went back.
Before surgery I was not hampered physically.
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Posted 17 November 2017 - 08:58 PM
My doctor thought I had a small one earlier this fall that caused pain without noticeably protruding, so I had to take it easy for a bit to try to keep pressure off of the area, but then the sonogram came back negative. We had already scheduled an appointment with a laproscopic surgeon, but I fortunately got the results just in time to cancel that appointment.
I hope that your hernia doesn't cause you many issues, regardless of the treatment plan you get set up.
Posted 17 November 2017 - 09:54 PM
I found out a few weeks ago that I have a ventral hernia. This is when a weak spot in the abdomen enables abdominal tissue or an organ to protrude through a breach in the abdominal muscle area. It results in stomach distention. I'm going to have to get it operated on, I'm afraid.
Posted 18 November 2017 - 01:21 AM
Posted 18 November 2017 - 01:34 PM
I had one last May and had emergency surgery and now, I have another. I'm losing weight for another surgery because they told me they can only repair one more in my abdomen and then, never again. Mine was ventral so I think it's more of a surgery issue than yours. The first one happened after I had a laparascopic hysterectomy. The doctor didn't tell me BEFORE the surgery that it was almost a 100% chance of herniating again within the following year. That happened 6 days later and my intestines got trapped so they had to operate. They told me I get one more shot at repair but I have to lose at least half my excess weight to make sure it's successful. I don't think yours has this issue, either, but I'd suggest it if you get surgery, just to give your body some 'wiggle room' to heal.
It was the toughest surgery I've ever had. I couldn't even suck on ice for 3 days following. That was tough. I was craving water so much. The recovery took quite a long time-the wound didn't completely heal for almost a year, but I carry almost all my fat in that area and I have a lot of it. I wasn't very active before so I can't speak to your questions on activity. I'd suggest anything that uses the muscles anywhere near it would be off limits til you get it fixed. If you all of a sudden feel sick and/or you can't keep food or water down-especially if you start puking-get to an ER IMMEDIATELY.
Posted 19 November 2017 - 12:54 PM
Thanks for your replies. My hernia so far hasn't caused any major problems for me. What I feel is more discomfort than pain. I can feel the hernia protruding into my groin, and it feels like I'm heavier on one side of my body. Its not a painful feeling, just...odd. I've always been very active. I like to run and hike. I've been hiking with no problems, but haven't gotten up the nerve to try running yet. I've been told by two surgeons that my henia isn't severe enough as to impair me physically, but I'm always aware of the hernia, and the odd feeling that it creates when I simply walk makes the idea of running downright intimidating. I've been told that I am not in any immediate need for surgery, but part of me wants to go ahead and get it done and behind me just so I can stop obsessing over it. Its a tough call.
Posted 19 November 2017 - 05:27 PM
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Posted 19 November 2017 - 07:23 PM
I'm assuming you push it back in. When that becomes difficult that's the sign. I didn't pay attention to that. My surgeon actually yelled at me after the surgery for waiting so long. I was still doped up so I had no idea what was going on lol.
Posted 20 November 2017 - 09:49 AM
Here's a question for all the guys who've gotten the surgery for a groin hernia. Did the surgery have an effect on sexual performance at all? Did everything still work okay? This is intended to be a serious question, so no sarcastic responses please. I want to know that I'm reading your responses in the right way.
Posted 21 November 2017 - 01:17 AM
I also had diastasis recti from my second pregnancy, did PT to fix it. It's still not perfect but my hernia risk is significantly lower.
Posted 21 November 2017 - 03:26 AM
Posted 24 November 2017 - 06:12 AM
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