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26 Sep 2014 13:59 #23393 by dboxing
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About two years ago I was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. It occurred when a caught a very heavy object which was falling. It is small and visibly unnoticeable (except to a physician who routinely sees this type of injury). It occasionally bothers me if I lift something very heavy (dead-lifting over 100 kilos for example). Is there any way to heal it without surgery? I'd like to increase the weights I'm lifting but am worried about making it worse.

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02 Oct 2014 10:21 #23523 by loquat1
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Hello dboxing

Well, as a former sufferer from this condition, I can recount my experience for what it's worth. As you probably know, this hernia results from a weakening of the lower abdominal muscle wall. 'Wall' is in fact a bit of a misnomer, because this layer of muscular tissue is actually quite thin and delicate. Its primary function is to keep the lower digestive tract in its rightful place.

Any excessive stress or strain in that area, especially in older men, can induce a small tear in the wall through which a part of the large intestine can protrude. The usual repair is the surgical insertion of a gauze over the torn area which closes the tear and strengthens the weakened area so that the problem does not reoccur.

As for an alternative to surgery, I am a staunch advocate of natural/alternative remedies where they exist. Unfortunately, I know of no such remedy for this condition, though that's not to say that it doesn't exist. I simply haven't come across it to date. In your situation, I would conduct some search engine research before making a decision, but you should do that sooner rather than later.

As a rule, an untreated hernia only ever gets worse, and if the tear becomes large enough, the protruded intestine can become trapped and 'strangulated' by the stomach wall. The trapped part of the intestine is effectively starved of a blood supply, with obvious catastrophic consequences. At that point, it becomes a medical emergency, and it can even be life-threatening because of the risks of gangrene and/or peritonitis.

So whatever you decide, do it soon. And for what it's worth, I went through the surgical procedure.

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02 Oct 2014 10:42 #23524 by loquat1
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PS Where are you Doc? You know we value your input on matters like these.

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02 Oct 2014 17:08 #23542 by TheFastDoctor
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Dear dBoxing, hernias are MECHANICAL defects. It is often difficult and almost always unreliable to try reversing mechanical problems by applying chemical processes. Fasting leadss primarily to (bio)chemical processes within the natural balance of the body. BUT it can reduce the pressure on the hernia by losing weight and by toning up the walls of the intestine. Thus indeed it may be pivotal in helping the hernia get rid of its content (such as gut). If the hernia is empty long enough, it can theoretically shrink.

But loquat is right, they do tend to get worse. Yet large hernias are not as dangerous as smaller ones because, should gut get into this hernial sac, it can get out again. If gut by a number of factors get into a small hernia, it can become incarcerated and be really life threatening.

Thanks for a very well composed explanation dear Loquat.

Personally I will have a hernia in myself operated the day I find it. Before it gets bigger or complicated.

André

All my posts are "generic", based on my opinions and experiences only and are not intended to replace the advice of your own licensed medical practitioner.
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03 Oct 2014 09:05 #23550 by loquat1
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Ah, there you are. Thx for the clarification and the kind compliment.

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03 Oct 2014 16:21 #23557 by kaypeeoh
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I'm a veterinarian, in practice for 30 years. I've fixed hernias in dogs, cats, horses, goats, sheep and one pig. I've seen them from 1cm to 30cm in size. If there's pain, the upper abdominals are tensing which pushes the intestines downwards onto the hernia. Over time the hernia gets bigger and bigger. Lately I see a lot of TV ads by lawyers trolling for hernia patients that had mesh implants put in. These are reserved for the larger hernias. If you get it fixed while it's still small then no mesh should be required.

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03 Oct 2014 16:42 #23558 by loquat1
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I'm pretty sure mine was small, but I don't recall much of a discussion about my options at the time - around 4-5 yrs ago. In the end, I had to be guided by the surgeon's recommendations. If memory serves, I think it was suggested that sewing it up only provides a temporary solution - the hernia will usually return either at the original site, or quite close to it.

I've had no problems with my mesh/gauze repair since my op., so there are no grounds for litigation that I can see. Apart from which, we are probably still a lot less litigious than our American cousins. If my op. had failed, then it could have been a different story.

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03 Oct 2014 16:57 #23559 by kaypeeoh
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loquat1 wrote: I'm pretty sure mine was small, but I don't recall much of a discussion about my options at the time - around 4-5 yrs ago. In the end, I had to be guided by the surgeon's recommendations. If memory serves, I think it was suggested that sewing it up only provides a temporary solution - the hernia will usually return either at the original site, or quite close to it.

I've had no problems with my mesh/gauze repair since my op., so there are no grounds for litigation that I can see. Apart from which, we are probably still a lot less litigious than our American cousins. If my op. had failed, then it could have been a different story.


Maybe surgical repair is different in animals but I've NEVER had a hernia come back.

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03 Oct 2014 17:06 #23560 by loquat1
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Then perhaps you would have made an excellent surgeon?

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