My doctor said I probably have a small asymptomatic abdominal hernia and I don’t know what to do. I have a bit of a complicated situation and history; I’ll spill it all out below. I have only 6% body fat and have been very lean nearly all of my life. I have good muscle definition everywhere, except that my abs bulge out (about 2 or 3 inches further than my chest). I HATE my abs. They’ve been this way for as long as I can remember. (I’m 27 now.) I decided to see a doctor when I got my body fat measured a month ago. After the 6% reading, I realized that it wasn’t fat that was causing my abs to stick out and I wanted to know what was in there! The doctor I saw yesterday was my gastroenterologist; I had Crohns disease about 15 years ago but have been in remission since. I still see him annually. He noticed that I had a bit of a separation in the lower left and right muscles of the abs and said I probably have a small abdominal hernia. (He emphasized “probably.”) I’m completely asymptomatic (both with regard to Crohns and the potential hernia) and he said it would not be worth the risk to have surgery. I’m trying to bulk up because I’m thin (only 5’5" 130) but I’m worried my waist will just get bigger and extend even more inches beyond my chest even if the rest of my body gets stronger and better looking. I was once a bit heavier and had a huge waist (but I also wasn’t working out or eating right).
Has anyone else had an asymptomatic ab hernia that made your abs look bad? Or has anyone else here had a low % body fat but bad abs? What would you do if you were me? Just live with it? Still try to bulk up and make the most out of my situation? Maybe I can develop a nice chest, arms, shoulders, etc. even if my abs will always look bad. Or would you keep searching until you found a surgeon willing to operate on the hernia? (I am a little worried about potential complications of the surgery.) Are there certain exercises I should avoid because if I have a hernia, they might worsen it? Conversely, are there any exercises that would be particularly good at pushing some of the nonfat tissue inward in my abs and making them look flatter?
Thanks for all your help!