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1 year after major abdominal surg. I recently had mesh hernia repair along the incisional line from that major surg. I actually felt fine before the repair surg; it is now 3 months post op & I continue to have abdom pain, especially in the eve; holding my gut; it still feels swollen & painful. Surg office now referring me to Physical therapy to strenghten abs. Will I ever feel normal again?
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replied November 4th, 2010
It is probably still too soon to know the answer to your question. Unfortunately, chronic pain does occur in about 3% of patients following hernia repair. In some patients, this pain will improve, or even resolve, over time. In others, chronic pain may be more difficult to eradicate.

If you are still having significant pain 6 months after surgery, and there is no evidence of infection or hernia recurrence at that time, then a referral to a pain management specialist my be helpful in your case.


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replied October 17th, 2011
I had abdominal hernia repair in August. The incision has healed beautifully and without incident, however, there were many hernias and a large piece of mesh was inserted to keep things in place. Since the surgery, I have had pain under the right breast, sometimes 3-4 times daily. The pain is so severe at times that 2 Percocet does not help at all; it just goes away. I have had x-rays of the Thoracic and Lumbar spine as well as a CT of the Abdomen and Pelvis with the thought t o r/o kidney stones, which I have a history of. The x-rays all came back fine. I am convinced that it is the mesh which is causing it. Will this improve or is it simply a matter of removing the mesh?
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replied October 30th, 2011
I had abdominal hernia repair too in mid June. Only recently, last 6-wks I have been having the same similar severe pain under the right breast area you are describing. Just went for a CT scan and am waiting for results. It hurts if I bend or turn in the wrong way. I was hoping someone would have responded to your post cause I am anxious to know what is wrong with me too, this cannot be normal... I am not interested in more surgery either. Thoughts from anyone out there, please....
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replied December 28th, 2011
Hernia Mesh Pain
I had surgery and mesh patch for an umbilical hernia about 6 years ago and have over the years experienced discomfort when bending, puffiness over the area, and instead of getting better over time it seems to be getting worse. Now, even as I sit here typing the area is painful and even itches. It is as if there is a constant pressure. I am going to seek my medical records from the surgery and see what type of mesh they used to that I can possibly get this out if it is a recalled mesh. Who would have thought there would be so many others with this problem. If anyone out there has had theirs removed and experienced pain relief, please post here. Thank you!
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replied January 9th, 2013
My husband had inguinal hernia repair with large mesh 10 years ago. He has had pain ever since, he has asked many doctors to remove mesh or at least do an exploratory, they refused. Saying it may cause more pain and problems then he already has. I do not see how he could be any worse off. He would like to find a surgeon to remove the mesh.
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replied December 29th, 2011
From what I'm told and read your case being 6-years plus, there was some type of mesh recall. In my case they tell me mine is the new & improved; guess I'll find out down the road how that pans out. From what I have been reading once they fix one another can easily form, great. (weak spots in abdominal wall) While I know some people bounce right back others don't and you should always be cautious & careful not to over exert yourself by lifting. Which is why I listened to my own common sense and not some of the nursing staff who tried to lead me to believe it was a piece of cake & you can resume as normal in a few days, ha.... Mine was done by the laparoscopic surgery so I'm not experiencing the itches. When I had my C-section "wow" now that was numb & seemed to itch for a long long time (years)... My results from my CT scan that I chose to have because of my pain after, the radiologist said there was another hernia but when I went back to the surgeon he did not believe that was so.... He examined me then had another radiologist read the scan. He did not deny my pain but told me to give it another 4-6 weeks to heal. My alternative would be more surgery and cut opened which I was not interested in at all ~ don't want or need the expense, down time or more pain!!! Thank God after 6-long months total I do feel much better. For the longest time everything I took for granted like bending over, shaving my legs etc I just could not do and now I can. There are definitely times when I still have pain out of the blue & I'm not sure why but it's not as bad as it was. I am going to try and increase my level of exercise like walking more and diet to lose this belly so I can strengthen those abdominal muscles. I would research some more on both the mesh recall and the surgery to remove it. Good luck to you...
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replied May 12th, 2013
abdominal wall spasms after hernia repairs with mesh
I had several abdominal wall hernias repaired durong an abdominoplasty about 6 years ago. Since the surgery I get severe spasmsin the areas where the repairs were effected if I exert myself when crouched eg pulling on boots while sitting. I only recently learned that mesh may have been inserted. I understand that thd mesh can become attached to scar tissue and believe this may be my problem. Anyone else hadsuch experienced?
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replied March 27th, 2014
I think I am having it now! My surgery was a little over 3 months ago and I have sharp pain when I bend a certain way, mostly in 2 places. It happens when putting on socks too!
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replied May 12th, 2013
I had several abdominal wall hernias repaired durong an abdominoplasty about 6 years ago. Since the surgery I get severe spasmsin the areas where the repairs were effected if I exert myself when crouched eg pulling on boots while sitting. I only recently learned that mesh may have been inserted. I understand that thd mesh can become attached to scar tissue and believe this may be my problem. Anyone else hadsuch experienced?
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replied July 25th, 2013
I just had mesh surgery 4 weeks ago. The first 2 weeks were normal pain as expected but now I am in severe pain whenever moving in any position. It is a burning shooting pain like someone is sticking a knife and turning it repeatedly. I cannot walk because moving my legs moves my muscles in the abdomen. I feel like i am slowly wasting away. The Pain meds do not work for the pain I am on oxycone. I hope i am not due for a lifetime of pain.
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replied July 29th, 2013
Have you figured out why you're in so much pain? My dad has severe problems when eating due to the mesh and the doctors cannot find anything wrong. Have you found any lawyers or doctors that can help?
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replied November 9th, 2013
800 mg ibuprofen and 1000 of acetameniphine work much better. Narcotics were less effective than this combo three times a day. I did not believe my dr. at first but, was tired of the pain pills and they are so bad for your body. Try it as it did work for me.
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replied September 11th, 2013
Hernia Repair - Multiple Surgeries and Pain Related Questions
People you can give up, cause doctors don't want to cut you open now. You are a liability and successful outcome percentages have diminished 50% or more. That's why nobody has answers to your questions. Doctors don't want to be sued or looked down upon or stop getting to do hernia surgeries b/c of the pain of a small percentage of people (actually around 10-15% of people have pain for more than 6 months if you look at large studies!).
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replied September 28th, 2013
Ventral Laproscopic Hernia Repair pain relief
I had laproscopic ventral hernia repair almost a month ago. The mesh is being held with 30 tacks! I was in severe pain for about 3 days then the pain lessened each day. I found that at first ice packs work pretty well. Then I used a method I read about using a heating pad and castor oil packs. You apply castor oil,(not the kind you ingest but the kind for your skin), on thick flannel material, put it on the painful area and apply the heating pad. Leave it on for about an hour while you are laying down, you will probably fall asleep. When this time is up you will be surprised how much less pain you have. Keep this treatment up as long as you have any pain. Good luck!
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replied October 26th, 2013
Had hernia repair six months ago and now I'm having some swollen and tender areas on my left side anyone else having same issues
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replied November 15th, 2013
Yep I have had two hernia surgeries now after colon resection 4 years ago. So developed a large ventral hernia on the incision area. Then last March was in extreme pain and had to have surgery again. I had seven hernias(swiss cheese type)complicated with mesh and adhesion to intestine. Now in pain again and I have a new hernia to the side. Go in for surgery Dec 4. I guess this is quite common with ventral hernias. Oh boy not looking foreward to this. You should get checked out.
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replied October 26th, 2013
Had hernia repair six months ago and now I'm having some swollen and tender areas on my left side anyone else having same issues
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replied October 27th, 2013
Response to hernia repair tender spots
It has been almost 3 months since I had hernia repair and I still have some tender spots. I use the method I wrote about before, with the castor oil packs, please read that and give it a try. It always helps when I have any pain at all. You can buy the castor oil online from The Heritage store or usually any health food store has it.
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replied November 9th, 2013
Recurrence of ventral hernias/port site hernias
Going in for third surgery dec 4 2013. Chronic to severe pain. dr. thinks there is a port site hernia and mesh and sutures might be causing pain. This all started with open colon resection four years ago. If in doubt switch surgeons. Go to someone that listens to you. My first surgeon though a really good surgeon and nice guy only looked at cts. My issues were undetected in a ct. My new surgeon took pictures inside during surgery and showed them to me. Unbelievable mess. I had swiss cheese hernias. Tearing and burning pain was unbelievable. So, please see second opinion if you are told you are fine and hurting. Pain is not normal for long periods of time. My dr believes I have a port site hernia and believes the mesh might have slipped due to the extreme pain I am having. UGGGGGh
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replied November 15th, 2013
I had a mesh inserted after a hysterectomy and previous abdominal surgeries. It has continued to hurt and the surgery was in Aug. 2012. When I mention it to doctors, they either give me oxycodone or tell me its to be expected... I am limited in what I can do and trying to walk to strengthen muscles can become excruciating and I have to take a cane to lean on when it gets that way.

To Lar4 - thanks for the idea about castor oil packs. I was thinking about doing them myself to see if it provided relief....
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replied November 18th, 2013
Pain Relief
I'm glad to see someone knows what a castor oil pack is. It is so simple yet so unconventional. I always think we should try home remedies whenever possible so I hope you try this method for your pain. Get some flannel material, make sure it is folded enough times to be thick. Pour some castor oil on it, apply that side down on your abdomen or wherever the pain is the worst. Then apply a warm heating pad on top of that and let sit there for atleast one hour. (I apply while laying down when I'm ready to go to sleep for the night). When finished, have a damp cloth next to you to wipe off your skin if it feels sticky to you. You will have to do this more than one time for sure. I usually put it on for three nights in a row then off for a couple nights. All the materials and info about this can be found online. Good luck
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replied November 25th, 2013
Discomfort Pain Following Inguinal Hernia Surgery
Much like others who posted regarding having had inguinal hernia surgery with wrap-across mesh in the lower stomach I had the same surgery about 6 months ago. A few months following surgery I began having all day discomfort pain across the lower abdominal and was told by my surgeon that the pain would dissipate or go away as the area settled and healed. Keep in mind I had NO pain and didn't even know I had hernias until my last several physicals. Six months after surgery I now deal with even greater abdominal pain with normal exertion, climbing long stairs, and especially when my bladder fills or its time to go to the bathroom. Now I spend the day dealing with this strange new pain, stressed out, and wondering what calamity did I cause myself trying to actually improve my long term health.
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replied December 18th, 2013
mesh insertion
I was sporty active 40 year old woman. I had a really tiny hernia at my umbilicus, not visible but you could feel a little bulge with the tip of your tiny . After three years, I decided to get a consultation, just to see if I need to do anything.. my surgeon said repair as could get bigger in future with risk of strangulation. HAd day case, didnt go well. Ended up with supposed intestinal obstruction and spent three weeks in hospital. Had second surgery but my intestines not found to be obstructed?? Large mesh (external) inserted. Now wound site fine, but all over tummy pain when turning, bend, touching tummy......what the??????
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replied February 14th, 2014
Chest pain with abdominal mesh.
My husband had 4 hernia's repaired in 2008. The surgeon put mesh in at the time. Last January (2013) my husband hurt himself at work. At that time it felt like a pulled muscle, but the next day the pain was too much. To make a long story short, there have been visits to surgeons, including the one who did the first surgery. All they seem to look for are more hernias. They all wanted to look at the same CT scan that was done in February (2013). There are no more hernias. After doing physical therapy for pain, he was finally give injections to block the pain in his lower abdomen. The problem is the pain he has in his chest that we could never get anyone to understand was part of the problem. We recently got his physician to understand the problem is in his chest area. He had another CT scan today only to be told there were no hernia in his chest and abdomen. Getting no results and very aggravated. Is there a possibility that the pain is a result of some muscle or nerve having attached itself to the mesh that goes to the chest area? If anyone can help us we would appreciate it. They suggested he go get injections in his chest for the pain. The only thing I see in those injections is their way of putting a bandaid on it hoping it will go away. We would appreciate any help. Thanks for reading my post.
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replied March 2nd, 2014
muscle cramping (I hope) with mesh implant from hernia.
I had hernia repair about 2 years ago. It did indeed take almost all of that time for the pain from surgery to go away completely. Now that it is healed, I have another problem I haven't seen posted here. My mesh is about 4 inches diameter centered under my navel. If I do any type of crunch (not excercising on purpose, just straining it while in that position) the tissue/muscles/i don't know bunches up like crazy! It feels like a HUGE knot of tissue in the area that is affected. I hold it for dear life as I sometimes think my guts are going to come out! It is right under or near the area of the mesh. I'm hoping it is just muscle cramps. It goes away within a minute or two. Anyone else have this problem?
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