Well on Sunday I noticed a pain in my groin/lower abdominal area - pain only when I pushed down on the region. I assumed this was due to recent sexual activity (muscle soreness haha) so let it go. Yesterday I felt the region and noticed a small lump, with an even smaller lump on the opposite side. There is no pain during regular activities, only when I push down on it, even then it’s not a major pain.
I suspect an inguinal hernia - not yet sure whether it’s direct or undirect.
My current 6 week training programme finished on the Sunday I first noticed pain. It went as follows:
Monday - sprints or plyometrics, core work(abdominal stuff - sit ups/crunches, frog kicks, jackhammers, ab roller - usually exercises are mixed around)
Tuesday - leg strength (barbell squats, weighted calf raises, deadlifts, GHRs - usually always barbell squats and the calf raises - choice between deadlifts and GHRs or if both, one more intense than the other) upper body strength (weighted pull ups/chin ups, weighted push ups and dips, clean and press/military press) punch bag (cardio + technique)
Wednesday - interval running, swimming, core work (same as monday)
Thursday - same as tuesday’s programme
Friday - rest
Saturday - Parkour practise - couple of hours
Sunday - low intensity exercises - few sets of unweighted pull ups usually
I stretched for basic flexibility everday.
I am doing a lifeguarding qualifcation course this week so decided I would just train every other day, mix it all up with no specicif aim just for this week.
On Monday I did barbell squats, weighted calf raises and GHRs followed by weighted pull ups/chin ups and push ups - all at a lower intensity than usual - no problems at all with suspected hernia, in fact I had forgotten about it.
On Tuesday, I felt the region and noticed this lump, pushed it in and noticed discomfort/small amount of pain. The lump is on both sides, but large on the left - even then it is small and barely noticeable to the eye.
Concerned I have booked myself in for a doctor’s appointment this coming Monday and have decided to rest, only doing the exercises that I have to in the lifeguarding course (which is just swimming anyway).
I just wondered…
-As it’s at an early stage and isn’t major (from what I have determined) - will I have to have surgery?
-If so, I’m assuming the NHS (UK health service) waiting list will be quite lengthy and thus my training will suffer - know of any exercise/activity I can undertake or continue (from the previous programme) in the mean time without aggravating it further?
-Again, if surgery is necessary, how long will recovery take before I can get back into proper training again?
I know I’ll get all of these answers from the Doctor on Monday but it’s still a good few days away and I’d rather get as much input and info as I can now. I also plan on seeing a physiotherapist (right person?) once hernia is confirmed in order to get opinion from someone with more sports knowledge than a doctor.
Thanks in advance for any input, sorry for the long post!