I don’t know what I did to get the hernia, but when it did its thing, it hurt like crap. A hernia is when a piece of bowel or intestine juts through the abdominal muscle. It can be an emergency situation if the hole strangulates the intestine, requiring immediate surgery lest the person die from the experience. Pain usually drives the patient to the hospital, though, so death doesn’t often occur here in our part of the world. My own hernia was protruding. I could feel it through my abdominal wall, but I read to try and get it back inside the hole so I laid far back in the recliner while massaging the hernia to try and get it back in. Luckily for me, it did go back in. Thereafter, I was extremely careful about lifting or straining, waiting for the appointment to see the surgeon (it had to be approved, of course) and then waiting for surgery. All told, it took four months from the discovery of the hernia to surgery.
I just had surgery three weeks ago. It was laparoscopic, thank goodness, but still hurt like crazy afterwards. Apparently, I had FOUR hernias tucked in there. The mesh protection the doctor was going to use had to be exchanged for a much larger mesh to cover all the holes. Blessedly, I don’t feel the mesh inside… the doc said many people can feel it for three to four months afterwards, until the staples disappear.
I have to do nothing for eight weeks. I can’t do so much as a crunch lest I cause the mesh to break off or give myself new hernias. I asked if there was anytime I could try and work my abs and she said after eight weeks. My abdominal muscles feel shot; I can’t even hold my gut in properly! I look forward to being able to do something in five more weeks.
Who knew hernia surgery would be so limiting? I certainly didn’t.
In the meantime, I’m watching tons of tv and reading when I can focus (pain meds don’t allow lots of focus time). Things are better each day, but I am sure looking forward to doing something with my body after all of this. I think I want to go swimming again. I miss the water.
I just hope that with new movements I don’t give myself any more hernias. I don’t want to go through this again.