It has been about ten years since I’ve logged into the site. Back in 2010, I had several concurrent life complications that culminated in me basically quitting all exercise and spending several years getting smaller, fatter, and more debilitated.
I’ve only just recently begun easing back into exercise and diet, having set up a small home-gym in my office. This post isn’t about that, though–just wanted to give some background.
So…on to the medical issue I’ve been having:
It started about 1.5 years ago, with a barely-noticeable pain/soreness coming from the left side (driver side) of my pelvis, directly between iliac crest and groin, and my perception is that is is 1-2 inches below the skin. The pain level has grown over time, and now it is actually pretty uncomfortable when it flares up (sometimes I barely feel it, but other times it is quite noticeable as a sort of dull ache). It might be relevant that–when it IS flaring up–the discomfort/sensation in general becomes far more pronounced if I then try to suck in my stomach.
I have been checked out by several GP’s and two Urologists so far, and one physician (GI). I’m going to be honest…I don’t know what all they checked me for, but urine and blood came back “normal”, X-ray normal, and CTSCAN showed everything normal EXCEPT:
- “Slight” narrowing of the ureter on left side. Uroglogist says this would not cause the pain I’m having.
- “Slightly” enlarged prostate (by the way, I am 40 years old).
Now… MY THEORY going into this was that the pain was related to the Appendectomy I had a couple of years ago. The reason is that the pain is coming from the area directly beneath one of the scars from that surgery.
I hypothesized that I had never built my abs back up after having them cut through, and possibly this was the beginning of a hernia…
My first doctor actually argued with me about whether the scar I was showing him REALLY was from the appendectomy that I had 2 years ago. Apparently he was unaware that Appendectomies no longer require a single long cut to be made on the right side of the abdomen, and he told me that I must be remembering wrong, and he was unfazed by my reply that it is literally the ONLY surgery I have ever had, and it was JUST done within the last year. I lost confidence in him after that and switched doctors.
Anyway…fast-forward to a few months ago…I went to a different Urologist who did an Ultrasound, and he flat-out told me–“you have a bunch of scar tissue right there in your abdominal wall, and you need to start doing abdominal exercises and build the muscle up, or you it could very well turn into a hernia.”
So…I felt pretty good after that. Like my theory maybe wasn’t so crazy after all. The only thing is–I’ve been to two different doctors since then, and both of them actually said “That sounds like bullshit”. However, neither was able to offer any other solutions or adequately explain why it a hernia would be so improbable.
One of them put me on some kind of medication that makes it easier to pee (which I didn’t really need…), and the other referred me to another physician (haven’t made an appointment yet due to everything going on).
Just a couple more notes about things I’ve noticed with this condition:
- Seems to be relieved somewhat (while flaring up) if I sit in a chair and raise my left leg to point my toes out in front of me.
- A couple of times, I have felt a sensation from the affected area briefly while having a bowel movement (made me suspect bowel-related…maybe diverticulitus, but doctor thinks I’m too young, didn’t want to do a colonoscopy…)
- When the pain is flaring up, I feel like standing up straight/leaning back slightly creates a slightly painful/burning/ stretching sensation in whatever part it is that is hurting.
Any ideas/suggestions/personal anecdotes would be much appreciated. If anyone has their own weird medical issue, feel free to post.