how do you know if you have a hernia?

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in the stomach....i lifted and pushed a heavy carpet by myself yesterday, and my upper stomach area has been sore since. thanks doc, back to excel...

Vacillating temp (Vacillating temp), Monday, 15 December 2003 20:01 (seventeen years ago) link

Is there a bulge that accompanies the pain?

nickalicious (nickalicious), Monday, 15 December 2003 20:03 (seventeen years ago) link

turn your head and cough

Huckleberry Mann (Horace Mann), Monday, 15 December 2003 20:03 (seventeen years ago) link

Is it sore or is it a searing, blinding, incapacitating pain?

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Monday, 15 December 2003 20:06 (seventeen years ago) link

it's just sore, and there is no bulge when i cough, the pain is right below the ribcage, in the center, kinda in the hiatal area, but i don't think it's a hiatal (sp?) hernia.

Vacillating temp (Vacillating temp), Monday, 15 December 2003 20:11 (seventeen years ago) link

If you're that concerned, I'd go get it checked out, but I seriously doubt it's a hernia.

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Monday, 15 December 2003 20:12 (seventeen years ago) link

thanks Dan, that's reassuring. i don't have any insurance right now. i'll just try and not do any lifting for a couple of days, hopefully it will clear up.

Vacillating temp (Vacillating temp), Monday, 15 December 2003 20:19 (seventeen years ago) link

Sounds like you've just pulled summat. Both my dad and my brother have had hernias and you would KNOW.

Nick Southall (Nick Southall), Monday, 15 December 2003 20:22 (seventeen years ago) link

yeah, i've already had 3 down south, and my doc told me i was vunerable there to more, and yes i knew.

Vacillating temp (Vacillating temp), Monday, 15 December 2003 20:31 (seventeen years ago) link

Wow, as your 'employer', James, I kind of feel guilty now that AmPatch didn't give you medical insurance! Get well soon!

Momus (Momus), Monday, 15 December 2003 20:44 (seventeen years ago) link

thanks Nick, I will. hope you and Anne are moving forward nicely on your work, I look forward to it.

Vacillating temp (Vacillating temp), Monday, 15 December 2003 20:47 (seventeen years ago) link

Just mailed the master and artwork today!

Momus (Momus), Monday, 15 December 2003 20:49 (seventeen years ago) link

sounds like you pulled a muscle. if nothing bulges out when you cough, you're fine.

hiatus hernia means the top part of the stomach bulges up through the hole in the diaphragm where the esophagus goes through. it's painless, though some people blame it for heartburn (which probably occurs for other reasons). having had an inguinal (groin) hernia only makes you susceptible to having another one in the same place.

doctor love hewitt (doctor love hewitt), Monday, 15 December 2003 23:02 (seventeen years ago) link

four years pass...

I think I may have a hernia. I should go and see my GP.

Scik Mouthy, Thursday, 14 August 2008 14:24 (thirteen years ago) link

otm

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 14 August 2008 14:29 (thirteen years ago) link

Here's a tip, though. When you go to your GP to get it checked out, don't bring your girlfriend in at the same time. Especially if she needs her breast examined for lumps that day. By the same GP. I'm... just saying.

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 14 August 2008 16:37 (thirteen years ago) link

Hahaha, niiiiiice Tracer, nice.

I have just registered with a new GP local to our new house, and I have an appointment next Wednesday afternoon.

I also spoke to my brother and my mum - they have both had abdominal hernias; my mum's was got rid of via surgery, my brother's is very minor and has not had anything done with it - he was told if it goes at all hard or causes him pain to go back straight away though. It's been five years now at least judging by this thread. My dad's hernia was a groin one, and unpleasant.

Scik Mouthy, Thursday, 14 August 2008 16:58 (thirteen years ago) link

one month passes...

I am going to be operated on in approx 4-8 weeks.

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 6 October 2008 15:53 (thirteen years ago) link

Had the op on mine about 5 weeks ago under general anaesthetic. Took about two weeks to get over it, first week it was as sore as anything, felt like I'd been hoofed in the guts by a donkey. Fine now though, back to running and everything. Good luck with yours!

NickB, Tuesday, 7 October 2008 13:39 (thirteen years ago) link

Took about two weeks to get over it, first week it was as sore as anything, felt like I'd been hoofed in the guts by a donkey.

Try inguinal for true agony.

Tom D asks, "Are we in love like I think we be?" (Tom D.), Tuesday, 7 October 2008 13:44 (thirteen years ago) link

Yeah, it was an inguinal hernia as it happens. Pain wasn't too bad straight after cos they really loaded up that area with some sort of pain killers, but once they started wearing off - oof! Major upside was that you can't really do much other than lie on your back reading books all day, so managed to make some headway into heaps of the unread.

NickB, Tuesday, 7 October 2008 13:57 (thirteen years ago) link

direct or indirect?

the valves of houston (gbx), Tuesday, 7 October 2008 14:26 (thirteen years ago) link

What's that then?

NickB, Tuesday, 7 October 2008 14:33 (thirteen years ago) link

Strangulation, gangrene, death.

M.V., Tuesday, 7 October 2008 18:18 (thirteen years ago) link

three months pass...

My operation is on Tuesday. So much for 4-8 weeks!

Sickamous Mouthall (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 5 February 2009 08:20 (twelve years ago) link

Have a general anaesthetic so you can take pics and post on flickr...

not_goodwin, Thursday, 5 February 2009 08:34 (twelve years ago) link

I think you mean local?

Sickamous Mouthall (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 5 February 2009 09:00 (twelve years ago) link

er yeah sorry, brain doesn't wake up til around midday.

not_goodwin, Thursday, 5 February 2009 09:03 (twelve years ago) link

I leave in twenty minutes.

Sickamous Mouthall (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 10 February 2009 07:20 (twelve years ago) link

Thread title sung by Whitney Houston...

Mark G, Tuesday, 10 February 2009 08:02 (twelve years ago) link

I no longer have a hernia.

Sickamous Mouthall (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 10 February 2009 14:43 (twelve years ago) link

Cool. Hurt much?

Frank Sumatra (NickB), Tuesday, 10 February 2009 14:47 (twelve years ago) link

Congratulations!

StanM, Tuesday, 10 February 2009 14:47 (twelve years ago) link

Didn't see this thread, just had my surgery a month ago. Yeah, how are you feeling?

Dimension 5ive, Tuesday, 10 February 2009 14:47 (twelve years ago) link

Hang in there! You've got the right stereo to be able to cope with whatever boredom staying on your back provokes.

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 10 February 2009 14:48 (twelve years ago) link

Are the cats playing with it now? Pics! (er, sorry)

StanM, Tuesday, 10 February 2009 14:48 (twelve years ago) link

man i do not envy how sore you're going to be for the next couple of weeks. i'm a veteran of not one but two inguinal hernia operations, one when i was 18 and another when i was like 22. apparently some people are genetically predisposed : /

now is the time to winterize your manscape (will), Tuesday, 10 February 2009 14:50 (twelve years ago) link

I feel pretty fine now, but I imagine I'm hopped up pretty well on pain killers. Obv. mine's abdominal rather than inguinal, so may hurt less anyway. I'm wandering around demanding brownies and irritating my girlfriend at the moment.

Sickamous Mouthall (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 10 February 2009 14:54 (twelve years ago) link

apparently some people are genetically predisposed : /

Sounds about right will. My grandad had a couple and I've had two as well, one on each side. First one was when I was 7.

xx-post ARGGHHH!

Frank Sumatra (NickB), Tuesday, 10 February 2009 14:56 (twelve years ago) link

Did they do it with a pick axe or something?

Frank Sumatra (NickB), Tuesday, 10 February 2009 14:58 (twelve years ago) link

Claw hammer.

Sickamous Mouthall (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 10 February 2009 14:58 (twelve years ago) link

Really hungry small animal.

Maximo Park Ji-Sung (Matt DC), Tuesday, 10 February 2009 14:59 (twelve years ago) link

Holy shit, I didn't mean it!!!

Man that looks sore, hope it heals soon and you ain't in too much discomfort!
What you doing stood up anyway, get on the couch and watch countdown or something.

not_goodwin, Tuesday, 10 February 2009 14:59 (twelve years ago) link

NSFL (not safe for lunchtime)

Vicious Cop Kills Gentle Fool (Tom D.), Tuesday, 10 February 2009 15:00 (twelve years ago) link

The red / pinkness isn't soreness or anything, btw; it's just the stuff they wash over you before they cut you open. I was expecting it to be yellow. Like iodine?

Sickamous Mouthall (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 10 February 2009 15:03 (twelve years ago) link

dare you to stick your finger in there before the painkillers wear off

nosotros niggamos (HI DERE), Tuesday, 10 February 2009 15:06 (twelve years ago) link

scik tummy

Robin van Injury (country matters), Tuesday, 10 February 2009 15:07 (twelve years ago) link

Shouldn't that be bandaged up, or something?

nate woolls, Tuesday, 10 February 2009 15:09 (twelve years ago) link

I'm sort of surprised that Dan said finger there.

Frank Sumatra (NickB), Tuesday, 10 February 2009 15:11 (twelve years ago) link

wau gross

nosotros niggamos (HI DERE), Tuesday, 10 February 2009 15:16 (twelve years ago) link

it looks like a face (that's just been shot) with those 2 arrows and your fluff for its hair.

not_goodwin, Tuesday, 10 February 2009 15:17 (twelve years ago) link

five months pass...

Just saw my brother; he has THREE (3) hernias!!!!!!!! Two inguinal and a tiny abdominal. Show-off.

Sickamous Mouthall (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 13 July 2009 13:32 (twelve years ago) link

How the heck?

Enemy Insects (NickB), Monday, 13 July 2009 14:28 (twelve years ago) link

man i hope i never get a hernia

▌_o_____________ ▌ (pongo paddleton) (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 16 July 2009 07:17 (twelve years ago) link

ten months pass...

urgh, i might have one. going docs thursday.

top half of right leg aching today, slight lump too.

bracken free ditch (Ste), Tuesday, 18 May 2010 11:50 (eleven years ago) link

Here's a tip, though. When you go to your GP to get it checked out, don't bring your girlfriend in at the same time. Especially if she needs her breast examined for lumps that day. By the same GP. I'm... just saying.

― Tracer Hand, Thursday, 14 August 2008 16:37 (1 year ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

still stands

The Clegg Effect (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 18 May 2010 11:56 (eleven years ago) link

eight years pass...

Well Friday was an interesting day. (Go in for surgery on one side, learn beforehand from the doctor that your hunch was right and that there was one on the other side. Needless to say I immediately approved going bilateral and being done with it.)
Am currently still a bit sore.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 19 March 2019 01:18 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

What's recovery typically like from the inguinal hernia? Should it still be sore three weeks later??

djh, Tuesday, 27 April 2021 09:12 (six months ago) link

In my experience, yes.

Authoritarian Steaks (Tom D.), Tuesday, 27 April 2021 11:05 (six months ago) link

Though I notice someone upthread says the pain fades after two weeks. Maybe speak to your doctor to make sure. Having a hernia is literally the worst pain I've ever felt in my life.

Authoritarian Steaks (Tom D.), Tuesday, 27 April 2021 11:08 (six months ago) link

To be accurate, the post-operative pain.

Authoritarian Steaks (Tom D.), Tuesday, 27 April 2021 11:10 (six months ago) link

I literally got mine from carrying boxes of records. Stupid fucking music.

Authoritarian Steaks (Tom D.), Tuesday, 27 April 2021 11:13 (six months ago) link

did you ever feel like naming your hernia Neil Lennon?

calzino, Tuesday, 27 April 2021 11:18 (six months ago) link

Thanks Tom D.

I've found it uncomfortable more than hideously painful but there are definitely days when I've found it a bit draining.

djh, Tuesday, 27 April 2021 15:55 (six months ago) link

Yes, I think the levels of pain experienced can vary greatly!

Authoritarian Steaks (Tom D.), Tuesday, 27 April 2021 16:00 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

My hernia scar has started bleeding 12 or so weeks after the operation and it feels like the hernia has re-happened. Do they tend to be re-treated?

djh, Monday, 21 June 2021 18:38 (four months ago) link

Delayed response — generally speaking they shouldn’t but it can happen. I had an ultrasound done in December to double check on some irritation in the area and thankfully all was okay, but it can’t hurt to do similar if it’s an option for you.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 2 July 2021 13:32 (three months ago) link

I had a hernia operation when I was 10. For a couple of months after, the scar wouldn't completely heal, leaking little bits of pus through a tiny hole. Every week or two, out would pop a small knot of black thread--I was rejecting the sutures.

I kept them in an empty One-a-Day vitamin bottle, like you do when you're 10.

Hideous Lump, Friday, 2 July 2021 20:59 (three months ago) link


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