I just had surgery last Friday (Aug 7,2009) for a laproscopic bi-lateral inguinal hernia repair. It was done as outpatient surgery so I went home woozily that evening. My motion has improved daily but I’m still walking like a 90 year old. I think last night was the first time I was able to lie on my side for more than 30 seconds.
I had been experiencing ab pain since January but never exactly in the same spot, always on the left but it ranged from my testicle to my back (kidney area). I saw my family doctor, a general surgeon, even went to the ER thinking I was having a(another) kidney stone. All three checked me for a hernia and decided I didn’t have one.
I went to my orthopedic surgeon, he looked at my abs and hips gave me therapy and message. I eventually had an MRI of my hips done, got a cortisone shot in my hip and found a possible cause but my ortho was a shoulder specialist and he referred me to a hip specialist who took some more x-rays, concurred that I could have some impingement in my hips but wanted me to see another general surgeon to be checked for a hernia “just to be sure.”
Within 5 minutes of meeting me the general surgeon “tests” me and has me scheduled for surgery. He said he could give me a sonogram but said it was so evident that the sonogram wouldn’t give tell him anything he didn’t already know.
I stopped my pain meds Tuesday, they give me a headache that hurts worse than the pain they’re meant to alleiviate. It feels like the mesh isn’t very piable. Sometimes it feels like the edge is digging in and they seem to be pressing on my bladder. I’ll be the first to admit that I seem to go a lot but now it seems like I always feel like I have to go even on my way out of the restroom.
The surgeon has told me that his “tri-athlete” types are back to training in 3 weeks but has suggested I take a little longer before resuming. Right now I’d be happy to be able to sit for over an hour without having to get up to pee.[/quote]
Hi, tcsimon. Sorry to hear about your hernia. Hope you recover quickly!
Could you describe some more about your symptoms (how often was the pain, where it was located, what made it worse) and how the doctor tested it?