I have had what a surgeon called "start of hernia" for about 12 years now. I had it checked on an ultrasound and actually have small, maybe 1 cm openings on each side with some tissue poking through when I valsalva, and which reduces.
I've never really gotten as strong as I had hoped in the squat and DL with tops at about 450, and part of it I feel is that I get sore in that area when I push my training weights up. I'm not a competitive powerlifter but I've lifted for the big 3 for the last 15 years, getting a little over 1250 in the gym with strict form.
So, at age 44, do I keep squatting and DLing without surgery?
Do I change my training to avoid intraabdomial pressure and give up heavy squats and DLs but do higher reps and other stuff?
Do I get surgery even if I want to change my training? I seriously doubt having any issues if I don't squat and DL heavy as I have no pain, and it has not changed much with all the squats over the years.
Or do I get surgey and then recover and start up again with a PLer approach?
My goal is simply to do something physically that I 1) enjoy while I'm doing it; 2) makes me healthy and feel good in general. I enjoy things with a challenge and don't care about competition.