Some time last fall I noticed some things shifting around abnormally in my lower abdomen. I suspected I had a hernia and a doctor confirmed this in December. I told him I would like to go through a procedure if possible to correct the situation before it became more severe -notwithstanding the fact that winter is the slow season for us & ideal for me to be laid up for a few weeks. His counsel was to 'wait and see, try to avoid heavy lifting' etc. etc.. I informed him that heavy lifting was a fact of life with me (I work in the glass industry and glass tends to be heavy). I lift moderate weights every day (20-40lbs) and occasionally very heavy (100+ lbs) items. Even after being presented with this information he was set on waiting it out. Here I am two months later and (surprise!) the condition seems to be worsening. I actually feel pain in that region (although not constant or extreme) now, and I see it only continuing in that direction. I currently have an appointment with another doctor (in the same clinic however- perhaps that is a mistake?) set for March 3.
I"m hoping some of you on here have experienced similar issues and can benefit me with some of your knowledge. How bad was it before you were operated on? How obvious were the signs if it became severe or dangerous? I realize there are certain risks associated with an operation (infection primarily), but would it not be a simpler task to repair a small region of the muscle wall now, than wait and have to cover double the area later; not to mention the larger incision necessary to do so, or is my understanding mistaken?
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