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2nd opinion? abdomin pain

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  • Posted By: to old for my body
  • June 11, 2010
  • 11:37 AM

Hi I'm new to the forum,

I've recently had a Epigastric hernia repair (just above the belly button),
I've rested the suggested 4 weeks, not lifted, not done anything silly.
all has gone well very little discomfort at all.

last week i started thinking about getting fit again, (I was in good health before the op).

this Monday I went on a 5km bike ride (probably too fast/aggressive), the next day I had a dull ache in my stomach, near/around/behind my op scar.
I thought nothing of it and carried a rucksack for a short walk (again to get fit).

since then the pain/ache hasn't gone away (a whole week now) paracetamol(asprin)/Ibuprofen dosn't do anything.

it feels a bit like indigestion but no problems with the bowel area and no nausea.

I asked a NHS Direct expert, they said I needed to see a Dr within 2 hours!...which is worrying!
(they didn't say why, but I guess they are covering their backs legally)

Anyway I managed to see a Dr and he diagnosed "acid reflux".

I took the prescribed Gaviscon,(anti-acid liquid) with very little result, if any.

there is no difference if I: sit-up/lay-down/stand/jump/ whatever, though I still feel I need to support the scar area (this may be partly psychological).

so I'm sitting here, still in pain wanting to go back to work, (which is a physical job) thinking:

1. have I pulled/torn a muscle?
2. Have I damaged my op site?
3. Is it something else?
4. or is it just a case of my muscles adapting/changing/stretching and I need to exercise more?

can anyone advise?
cheers

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  • 1.it might be psychological 2. there`s a condition called INCISIONAL HERNIA , which usually happens after surgeries , whenever u strain urself (tat bike riding ) d sutures might tear and d hernia contents may come out again causing pain .. consult ur doctor .. god bless :)
    arjun4mb 80 Replies Flag this Response
  • 1.it might be psychological 2. there`s a condition called INCISIONAL HERNIA , which usually happens after surgeries , whenever u strain urself (tat bike riding ) d sutures might tear and d hernia contents may come out again causing pain .. consult ur doctor .. god bless :)Thanks for repliying, the pain is not so bad today.most of yesterday a sat with a hot water-bottle on my belly, which helped alot (more than pain killers).I found lying on the sofa arm (putting pressure on the pain comfortable too.as I say less pain today, and I'm going to get a weight lifting type belt/harness which should also help my recovery.thanks again, I'll be very carefulif it's continues or worsens I'll go to the Dr again.It was never Indigestion! LOL
    to old for my body 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • Maybe look into whats called a "Sports Hernia" look it up. I got one right after I had my appendix out, and I started trying to get back into shape for soccer and went to hard and too fast. (kinda like the mega bike ride u took right away...that'd so do it for ya.) A reg dr will know nada about it, its still pretty rare (the number of cases is really on the rise right now tho) so if you look it up and think that might be it, go see a SPORTS DR...not your reg fam dr.
    Missa995 38 Replies Flag this Response
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