• Have you had a hernia? Did it cause you pain? Mine does a little, every now and then after I eat. Did you get surgery to get it fixed?

    Asked by Lirasgirl33 on Thursday, January 31, 2013

    Have you had a hernia? Did it cause you pain? Mine does a little, every now and then after I eat. Did you get surgery to get it fixed?

    I had a hysterectomy 2/2/12. Incision was 2 in. above belly button to lower pelvis. Approx 4 mo. after surgery, while taking a shower, I look down and see that the left side of my tummy, by my bellybutton, is protruding. I freaked! I had no idea what I was looking at. I had heard of hernias in the past but never knew what they looked like or what they were. I knew to stay away from heavy lifting as directed by my doc. My first thought was, oh no, a tumor! I told my doctor about it. I tried to show it to him, but the hernia was hiding. I had been sitting in the infusion room for hours, laying back so the hernia had pushed itself in.Then on a scan it came up, left paraumbilical ventral wall hernia containing non-obstructed opacified loops of small bowel. Doc said not to worry, just keep an eye on it, make sure doesn't get bigger or cause pain. Said I can fix after treatment. It doesn't look bigger to me. But most recent scan says slightly larger and larger amount of bowel. It worries me.

    6 Answers from the Community

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    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      Several yrs ago, I had a kidney stone. They did a CTscan, confirmed it was a kidney sone and BTW, did you know you have an umbilical hernia. Huh? I asked my PCP what we do now. She patted me on the head and told me i'd eventually need surgery but not until I became symptomatic. Well, that was this yr. The surgery wasn't bad at all. I had an incision abou 2inches long and a drain. Would have just stayed in the hospital overnight, but they found my cancer during surgery, so I got sense for all sorts of tests and stayed an extra day.

      over 3 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I did years ago in pretty much the same location. It hurt some times if I stretched on moved a certain way but mostly I wasn't really constantly aware of it. It lasted for several months and then eventually went away on its own. My doctor said the same thing....keep and eye on it and if it grew or began to cause significant pain he would surgically repair it, but it my case it never came to that.

      over 3 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar

      More than 60 years ago when I was a preschooler I had surgery on both sides. I cannot recall whether they caused me problems or why they decided that they must be fixed.

      over 3 years ago
    • SouthernMom's Avatar

      My advice is keep asking questions. No one diagnosed my cancer until I put up enough of a fuss to make them take me seriously. These doctors know what they are doing. But you know your body. If it bothers you, tell your doctor you have concerns. They will communicate with you.

      over 3 years ago
    • NanaL's Avatar

      Wow kind of ironic I was just diagnosed about a month ago with having a hernia. Mine is on the right side in the pelvic area, kind of where your leg meets your pelvis. It aches and burns from time to time but hasn't caused too much pain. I have an appt with a surgeon in April. I will have to stop my chemo 30 days prior to surgery if that's what I need to have done. I'm hoping it takes care of itself but it seems to me that it's gotten a bit larger. Or it could be my imagination. The doctor said with all the trauma from my initial surgery that my abdominal muscles are weak. keep us posted and I'll do the same. A little hernia won't stop us!!!

      over 3 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      Thanks everyone for your responses. I'll definitely keep a close eye on it. I check every CT scan for changes. So far the pain is mild, and only happens every now and then. It also doesn't last more that a few minutes. I know my doc doesn't want me to go through surgery right now due to chemo and he believes that is most important right now since surgery has the risk of a higher chance of infection for me right now. If the pain worsens though I'll definitely check my options with him.

      @BuckeyeShelby, Wow, what a find! If it wasn't for the hernia who knows if they would have found the cancer.

      @nancyjac, I'm glad to hear your resolved on it's own. So does that mean your abdominal wall tissue healed and closed up on its own? Is that possible? I honestly thought it could only be fixed by surgery.

      @NanaL, Yes please keep us posted. I will as well. I'm sure all will turn out right. And you are definitely correct, a little hernia will not stop us. :) Hugs.

      over 3 years ago

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