Alright, so first off, as the topic states, I'm having two things which might not be related at all, but I'm taking an educated guess and saying they most likely are.
I am 2 months shy of being 20. I had surgery on a left inguinal hernia about a year and a half ago. Ironically I had no pain with the hernia, and then once I had corrective surgery, I've had a constant small pain and discomfort in the region ever since. Using doctor terms, if I had to rate the pain on a scale of 1-10, it'd be a 1-3, varying from time to time, depending on my activities. Meaning, it really wasn't a bad enough pain to do something about, and could easily be ignored and forgotten about, much like paper cuts and other minor pains. When standing while experiencing pain, I noticed that if I apply pressure to the incision scar, it would relieve pain, and then when releasing the pressure, it feels almost as if something hard is pressing against the site, like a bubble. At the post-op checkup a week later, I asked the doctor if I had an incisional hernia, as it felt like one and the symptoms seemed too right. He had a look at it and said it was simply hardened scar tissue that needed to break up and such, which I didn't really buy for one minute. However, since the pain wasn't bad at all and I can still do all my activities as normal, I just let it slide and have been living with this minor annoyance. It hasn't been progressing at all, but hasn't been getting better either. Any ideas to shed light on what it could be? Perhaps just damaged nerves?
As for the second topic, and a more important reason I'm posting here. About 2-3 weeks ago, I noticed my upper abdominal muscles on the left and right side aren't matching. My left side (also the hernia side) was clearly bigger. A painless slight buldge on my top-left abdominal muscle. Hasn't gotten bigger, but is definitely giving me a dragging sensation and slightly annoying when leaning in certain positions, but never any pain at all. If you were to look at my abdomen from my eyes, looking down towards my belly button from my head, the two muscles look like this:
When feeling it, it's extremely hard to tell what the buldge is from, as they seem very similar in every way except size. No lumps or masses, per say, just an increase in size and a dragging sensation. I can feel the mass best when I'm on my belly, as I clearly feel "lop-sided" in the abdominal region. Was wondering what this could be, and if it could have any relation to my hernia site which is about 6 inches below.
Thanks in advance!
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