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Unread 05-09-2017, 09:10 AM
skywalkr skywalkr is offline
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Default Hernia - Lifting and Recovery

I am about 99% sure I have a hernia (assuming inguinal) and I am going to see a specialist soon but I will have to postpone surgery for about a month for family reasons. I had noticed some pain in my lower abdomen and my groin area (but never found a bulge) and went to my GP and he ran some tests and said he thought it was a hernia and referred me to a specialist.

My question is for those who have had a hernia and had it operated on, where you able to lift between diagnosis and surgery? Also, what did recovery from surgery look like in general and in regards to getting back to lifting?

I did light squats yesterday and learned that was a bad idea as I can hardly get up or bend over. I am going to rest up until I feel better and then I was thinking just doing some light upper body machine work to just maintain a bit.
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Unread 05-09-2017, 12:31 PM
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You won't die if you don't lift until you get it fixed.

However, there is a chance you could mess something up worse if you do lift.

Seems like the course of action should be clear.
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Unread 05-09-2017, 03:42 PM
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You won't die if you don't lift until you get it fixed.

However, there is a chance you could mess something up worse if you do lift.

Seems like the course of action should be clear.
I definitely wouldn't do any lifting that could be a risk, I have been lifting with whatever condition I do have for over 6 months now but I just recently started trying to go back to heavy compound lifts and the issue is now worse. I am not sure if it was due to the lifting or it is just coincidence. Either way, only exercising I will do in the meantime is light stuff and only if it gets to feeling better first. Mostly I was interested in the recovery period post surgery.
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Unread 05-09-2017, 06:13 PM
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Mostly I was interested in the recovery period post surgery.
Well not exactly the same but I've had a c-section and a tummy tuck.

I would describe recovery as lengthy or extended.

Just had the TT Feb. 1.

I was told not to lift more than 5 pounds for 2 months IIRC.

Started back with a little bit of strength training around 6 weeks, but would back off anything that was engaging abs too much.

I would expect to become much more aware of things that strain the abdominal wall. Became very good at stifling coughs and sneezes very quickly.

Around 8 weeks I picked back up my spin classes and had abdominal DOMS from it as you engage your core a lot for balance.

Direct ab work still isn't back to where I was pre op.
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Unread 05-09-2017, 07:21 PM
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I had an inguinal hernia for a long time (years I think) while lifting heavy (stuff that really aggravates it to, squats and rack pulls).

I think I was diagnosed by my primary, and then the specialist didn't want to operate until the ultrasound showed the hernia and/or he could feel it himself. It would intermittently hurt like hell, other times not too bad, I would have liked to have had the surgery then, but I had to wait. I don't recall if I was told I could or couldn't lift, might have been something along the lines of, "If it hurts, back off."

Eventually it started bulging out, it was kind of gross, as I could actually push it back in. Some days I could physically feel it bulging, others it was fine. I remember the morning of my next appointment I woke up and purposely started bending over and dead lifting my couch repeatedly to make it bulge out (I would advise against this). He found it, so I had surgery. I don't recall exactly, but I may have kept lifting until the surgery date (I also don't really advise this).

Post surgery I was back to light lifting around 2 - 4 weeks, and back to my previous weights around 6 weeks post surgery. Squats and rack pulls were the last to go back in my routine, as those aggravated the area the most (oddly I think heavy sit-ups never bothered it, by heavy I mean in the 80 - 100 lbs. on my chest range). If you want, I could check my old thread I started detailing this experience in the other forum.

Anyways, that's just my experience. This is just a forum, and you probably don't want to hear this, but follow your doctor's orders. If he/she says don't lift right now, don't lift. Believe it or not, I believe most of the above was following the doctor's orders (except the deadlifting the couch part). But each individual diagnosis and recovery is well, individual, so listen to your doc.

There's lots of good news though. An inguinal hernia repair is typically quite successful, one of the quickest recovery times, and if you get the nylon mesh you're not going to bust through that thing if you tried (there's always outliers obviously, but that mesh is a helluva lot stronger than your abdominal wall, if I had the choice I would have had one put in on the other side too).

Oh, and I've also had two hydrocele repairs which is in the same area, and similar all around. Recovery time was similar. Just take it slow and listen to your doctor...you'll be back to your normal weights in no time...your muscles won't fall off. Binge watch some Netflix shows and enjoy the down time.

Disclaimer: My "hernia" wasn't a traditional hernia in that it wasn't my intestines bulging through my abdominal wall. It was a leftover piece of my hydrocele (something like that) and it was removed.
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Unread 05-10-2017, 07:37 AM
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Thanks that is the type of information I was hoping to get and is really encouraging that you were back to it only 6 weeks after surgery. I actually thought of seeing if I could just get them to put the mesh in both sides since they are going to be in there already (assuming the specialist determines it is a hernia, still trying to get that appointment booked but that's another story). I will absolutely follow my doctors orders, a couple months off of lifting won't be the end of me and I just want to get back to good health.
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