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Old 04-13-2019, 03:08 AM
 
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20 years ago I was helping my dad and picked up some saddles which were probably too heavy for me. There was pain and I later was told I had a small hernia. Had pain in that area four days ago, had a CT scan yesterday and the pain is from the hernia.

Follow-up appointment in 10 days to evaluate CT scan and labs, but no infection, they said yesterday (white cells normal). I was expecting to have to go into the hospital but they sent me home.

I think I did this to myself this time from overdoing 5 lb. weight lifting. Is it possible this will go away if I take it easy. Or with surgery, aren't there some legal problems with the mesh?

I'm 69 this summer.

Your input appreciated.
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Old 04-13-2019, 04:59 AM
 
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20 years ago I was helping my dad and picked up some saddles which were probably too heavy for me. There was pain and I later was told I had a small hernia. Had pain in that area four days ago, had a CT scan yesterday and the pain is from the hernia.

Follow-up appointment in 10 days to evaluate CT scan and labs, but no infection, they said yesterday (white cells normal). I was expecting to have to go into the hospital but they sent me home.

I think I did this to myself this time from overdoing 5 lb. weight lifting. Is it possible this will go away if I take it easy. Or with surgery, aren't there some legal problems with the mesh?

I'm 69 this summer.

Your input appreciated.
Hi Kara,

Each case is different, but sharing experiences may help.

I have a small umbilical hernia, probably due to years of overeating, then stress from too much running on a treadmill.

Of course the hernia surgeon specialist wanted to operate right away, but two other doctors, one also a surgeon with a specialization in hernias and the other an experienced internal medicine doctor, told me it was not necessary; in fact, the internal medicine doctor is probably more than 70 and he has had a similar small hernia for decades.

The hernia won't go away, ever, but it is possible to help it not expand and to avoid pain.

1) I read some alternative approaches and came across that strict diet (in my case, vegan, largely organic, as few industrially processed foods as possible) that avoids inflammation of stomach and intestines is very helpful.

2) Also helpful are exercises that strengthen abdominal wall muscles, but not weights, strictly yoga-type, muscle-tightening exercises.

Some three years on, it has not expanded.

I have had a few episodes of inflammation and pain due to too much exertion, stress, and/or overeating on a holiday, for example.

3) Applying ice externally and drinking anti-inflammatory teas, such as fresh ginger, can help relieve episodes of inflammation and pain.

By not breaking a strict diet plan and avoiding too much exertion, I have not had any episodes of inflammation or pain in over a year.

I don't know if this approach will work for you, but it is worthy of consideration.

Finally, I have read that there is a 5%-30% chance of chronic pain from a mesh. Moreover, I saw a youtube video of a hernia operation that totally turned me off. I have also heard of class-action lawsuits related to meshes, even seen an law-firm advert on TV once or twice, but I never pursued the details.

Hope this helps.

All the best!

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Old 04-13-2019, 05:08 AM
 
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Hi Kara,

Each case is different, but sharing experiences may help.

I have a small umbilical hernia, probably due to years of overeating, then stress from too much running on a treadmill.

Of course the hernia surgeon specialist wanted to operate right away, but two other doctors, one also a surgeon with a specialization in hernias and the other an experienced internal medicine doctor, told me it was not necessary; in fact, the internal medicine doctor is probably more than 70 and he has had a similar small hernia for decades.

The hernia won't go away, ever, but it is possible to help it not expand and to avoid pain.

1) I read some alternative approaches and came across that strict diet (in my case, vegan, largely organic, as few industrially processed foods as possible) that avoids inflammation of stomach and intestines is very helpful.

2) Also helpful are exercises that strengthen abdominal wall muscles, but not weights, strictly yoga-type, muscle-tightening exercises.

Two years on, it has not expanded.

I have had a few episodes of inflammation and pain due to too much exertion, stress, and/or overeating on a holiday, for example.

3) Applying ice externally and drinking anti-inflammatory teas, such as fresh ginger, can help relieve episodes of inflammation and pain.

By not breaking a strict diet plan and avoiding too much exertion, I have not had any episodes of inflammation or pain in over a year.

I don't know if this approach will work for you, but it is worthy of consideration.

Finally, I have read that there is a 5%-30% chance of chronic pain from a mesh. Moreover, I saw a youtube video of a hernia operation that totally turned me off. I have also heard of class-action lawsuits related to meshes, even seen an law-firm advert on TV once or twice, but I never pursued the details.

Hope this helps.

All the best!
Yes, it does help. I'm a vegan for many years and vegetarian before that.
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Old 04-13-2019, 09:17 AM
 
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I developed a small? umbilical hernia a few years ago, did some watchful waiting and guess what, it grew to a big hernia, in fact two hernias. So said the surgeon. Anyway about 9 days ago, had open surgery and a jp drain put in. I wasn't counting on that drain. PIA and a source of infection. It is out now but still has a little bit of infection at the opening on my skin. I am doing what I can to keep it from spreading.
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Old 04-13-2019, 11:57 AM
 
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i developed a small? Umbilical hernia a few years ago, did some watchful waiting and guess what, it grew to a big hernia, in fact two hernias. So said the surgeon. Anyway about 9 days ago, had open surgery and a jp drain put in. I wasn't counting on that drain. Pia and a source of infection. It is out now but still has a little bit of infection at the opening on my skin. I am doing what i can to keep it from spreading.
pia?
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Old 04-13-2019, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Hubby has had about 6 removed over the past 10 years but will not have anymore unless he has too much pain. the last time the surgeon went in he said the walls of his abdomen were so thin he would need to have the entire wall re-build and recommended he not consider anything like that. I have an umbilical one. At times it gives me a lot of pain, but normally I am not bothered and I can, generally push it back if it does start hurting. Both my PC doctor and the surgeon has suggested I do nothing about it unless it really starts to bother me on a constant basis.
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Old 04-13-2019, 04:57 PM
 
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pia?
Pain in the axx
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Old 04-13-2019, 05:04 PM
 
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Hubby has had about 6 removed over the past 10 years but will not have anymore unless he has too much pain. the last time the surgeon went in he said the walls of his abdomen were so thin he would need to have the entire wall re-build and recommended he not consider anything like that. I have an umbilical one. At times it gives me a lot of pain, but normally I am not bothered and I can, generally push it back if it does start hurting. Both my PC doctor and the surgeon has suggested I do nothing about it unless it really starts to bother me on a constant basis.
Mine was kind of like that, but it seems all of a sudden or anyway kind of quickly it became something like a tennis ball trying to get out. I am glad I got mine fixed, I think.
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Old 04-14-2019, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Mine was kind of like that, but it seems all of a sudden or anyway kind of quickly it became something like a tennis ball trying to get out. I am glad I got mine fixed, I think.
mine gets like that from time to time as well: very rarely but it does happen. It happened just this past week.
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Old 04-14-2019, 01:50 PM
 
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Mine must be entirely internal because nothing is pouching out. I don't have the results of the CT scan, really. I was seen by a PA, who also mentioned diverticulitis. It hurts when I'm in certain positions but I guess I'm lucky it isn't screamingly painful all the time. I'll call them Monday and see if I can get the results of the scan.
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