I found out yesterday that I have an umbilical hernia. It’s very small, if I brace and squeeze to make it bulge it’s the size of the tip of my index finger, and it doesn’t hurt or even feel like anything is there. The doctor told me it’s nothing to worry about, I can keep lifting weights, if it gets big and starts to hurt then they would operate. He even said that a private doctor (I’m in Canada with public healthcare) would be unlikely to want to operate because it’s so small and not worth any potential risks. I also don’t have insurance beyond public healthcare and don’t have a lot of money to spare.
The thing is that I’m a competitive powerlifter, I’m squatting mid 500s for reps and was planning to squat well over 600 at a meet in a few months. I don’t know if the doctor really understands what I’m doing, and it seems to me like continuing training like that is putting me at risk unnecessarily. If I could just go get it fixed now and move on with life it would be a different story, but I don’t want to push it until I fuck myself up bad before something can be done about it.
Has anyone else on here dealt with this? Or continued to lift heavy with a small hernia and not had any problems? For now it looks like I’m going bench-only and just do some light high rep squats and deadlifts with no belt.