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    Thumbs down Retore recent umbilical hernia surgery...

    So ya I was at the gym, doing some crunches, having a damn good time, when I felt a sharp pain in my stomach (I had an umbilical hernia that I had surgery on earlier this summer). So of course I immediately stopped, stood up and felt where my scar is. And I dunno if any of you have had a hernia before but its like fat or intestines poking out through a hole in connective tissue. Anyways I pressed my scar and could feel squishing inside, just like before my surgery. So I freaked out. Anyways I'm leaving for school this Saturday and I won't be able see my doc until Thanksgiving. I was thinking of taking a week off and seeing if it got any better and if not just going back to my training routine minus core. My logic is I lived 20 yrs w/ an umbilical hernia and people live their whole lives with them so I should be fine and be able to take care of it down the line. What are your thoughts on this and do you have any suggestions? Thanks!

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    Originally Posted by adamci1 View Post
    So ya I was at the gym, doing some crunches, having a damn good time, when I felt a sharp pain in my stomach (I had an umbilical hernia that I had surgery on earlier this summer). So of course I immediately stopped, stood up and felt where my scar is. And I dunno if any of you have had a hernia before but its like fat or intestines poking out through a hole in connective tissue. Anyways I pressed my scar and could feel squishing inside, just like before my surgery. So I freaked out. Anyways I'm leaving for school this Saturday and I won't be able see my doc until Thanksgiving. I was thinking of taking a week off and seeing if it got any better and if not just going back to my training routine minus core. My logic is I lived 20 yrs w/ an umbilical hernia and people live their whole lives with them so I should be fine and be able to take care of it down the line. What are your thoughts on this and do you have any suggestions? Thanks!

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    -had surgery
    -re-tore it (I think I did atleast)
    -planning on week layoff and if not better, continuing working out.
    -wondering your thoughts
    Your case is a good example of something doctors never tell people: the chances of a hernia surgery not being successful are about the same as the chances of an untreated hernia causing problems.

    If you feel no pain, don't waste the money.

    My old doctor almost begged me to have surgery on a problem I have. I refused, and I'm still alive (though she told me I could/would die at any minute).
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    Originally Posted by Jean-Paul4447 View Post
    Your case is a good example of something doctors never tell people: the chances of a hernia surgery not being successful are about the same as the chances of an untreated hernia causing problems.

    If you feel no pain, don't waste the money.

    My old doctor almost begged me to have surgery on a problem I have. I refused, and I'm still alive (though she told me I could/would die at any minute).
    thanks for the reply man, that makes me feel a hell of a lot better. I'm actually feeling quite good today I'm loading up on Glucosamine Sulfate, MSM, Chondroitin Sulfate and my multi and hopefully it was just some scar tissue moving.
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    Hi adamci1,

    You are just the type person/situation I was looking for.. I noticed your post was a few years old.. that said, I wanted to ask you what has gone on since your post?

    In 2006 I was in fanstastic shape, and then got a job offer where I was traveling a good bit, making killer money.. I was not able to dedicate as much time to training.. but still maitained well. I then opened a business and neglected workouts for about a year and a half.. Starting June 1, 2009 i decided to go at it hard and be in beach shape by 4th of July.. I did one round of P90X to shake the rust.. then hit the gym again M-W-Fri, working my way back to my previous levels... while going to the track running 3 miles of 400's (12x) and doing abs Tues-Th-Sat... I got back in shape rather quickly but think I exploited, what I believe was an existing weakness (as in congential since birth)

    Around August, I was nonchalantly feeling around my belly button, and felt the notorious bump/squishing..

    I was about to take another contacting job traveling as I had a few years prior.. and was thinking of how great this timing was.. but at the same time i didnt know what the hell it was..

    I heard so many stories all contradicting one another.. a male nurse I met in Houston, put a scare in me, while another nurse I ran into the next day, said not to sweat it.. umbilical hernia repair was one of those fluff surgeries.. mostly to benefit the Doc's pocket.. it just bothered me that I didnt feel "whole"..

    When I was overseas, i decided I was going to have the surgery and get it over with. Out of formality I went to a Military doctor (Working on a military base) who couldn't feel it.. but I knew it was there.. as it would go in and out.. then I went to a Doctor in Dubai, whom had previously taught a Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Ohio.. he felt it right away and sad it was a outpatient procedure.. and no big deal, it would take him 20 minutes to pull off the Mesh re-enforcement procedure.. etc etc.. what he didn't know was I was simply there for an official diagnosis, as my company was flying me back home (South Carolina) to have the surgery done... Man I wish I had the Doc from Dubai, b/c although the local Doc, made me feel that he was on top of the issue, he cut me open below the belly button and went upward using stitches. with no re-enforcement.. i was laid up for a couple weeks.. but couldn't return for 45 days.. (unpaid)

    by the time all the swelling went down, I could still feel the squishing..like the doc had done nothing at all.. turns out he had just repaired a smaller hernia directly above belly button (which the Doc in Dubai had pointed out to me) and didn't fix what had originally brought me to him, but I had to get back to work as I was on a contract..

    by I waited 4 months after the surgery I decided to go back to the gym, and like you; lay off the core.. I really hate not working my core.. My logic is that I have this hole in me.. doesn't hurt whatsoever.. and if I do crunches, I am going to gradually tear this hernia more and more... Just sucks to feel incomplete..

    Have you been able to return to your normal routine, pre-hernia?
    Have you been able to work your core out since?
    Have you had an additional repair?

    Any insight since your post is greatly appreciated...
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