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My son now 17 had hernia surgery in 2007. He has had pain on and off since that time. The method of repair was mesh. No complications during surgery. It was discovered that he had hernias on both sides. Right side was the worst. In the past month the pain is worse. If he moves the wrong way, runs etc... When he sits down to have a BM and then urinates while sitting, he screams out in pain. Most pain on right side. Went back to surgeon, he said he feels no new hernias and sent him to a pain management clinic.Pain management Doctor thinks it is nerve entrapment and very small hernia on left side. They have him on a topical compound, Neronton, and PT. After only a week of the treatment they want to do a nerve block. No CT, ultrasound, or X-Ray done. Is the nerve block the answer? Could there be other issues? Doctor wants to set up nerve block Monday but we are unsure. Any thoughts???
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replied April 13th, 2010
A nerve block can be helpful in two ways. First, if it relieves the pain (even temporarily), then this tends to support a diagnosis of nerve entrapment or scarring. Secondly, in those cases where nerve blocks are effective, patients can often experience long-term improvement in their pain after such blocks.

If the pain disappears after the block, but recurs again later, then it may be necessary for the surgeon to re-explore the groin and attempt to cut the damaged sensory nerves in the area of the hernia repair.



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replied May 17th, 2010
I suffered with 18 months of pain before a Doctor could detect the inguinal hernia. MRI showed irregularities and recommended a CT. The CT showed nothing wrong. I did 2 months of pain shots for nerve entrapment and did not help. After that I went to a surgeon who finally felt a hernia and operated. I am 4 weeks out of surgery and am still feeling low to moderate pain in the area when using my right leg or sitting down. Does this sound like normal healing?
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replied February 9th, 2011
Flash 2: the only way your son will ever recover is to have the mesh removed. I can tell similar experience, but started about year after surgery. Same repair. Please report to FDA. Adverse Product event.
If you want help finding surgeons. Google Truth in Medicine.com. YOU DON"T HAVE TO JOIN. skip fee request. On left side click Mission Statement.
then go to bottom of page. Use e-mail address to contact Lana, ask for Bob's e-mail, and contact me.

My nerve block only increased pain. AS for Dr, Wascher advice. The jig is up. This mesh is dangerous! And you dam well know it! DO NO HARM BUDDY! Don't believe me! Go the website, and get my address, and will talk!
Bob
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replied February 9th, 2011
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Be advised, your surgeons and doctors will lie to you about this. Reasons are legal, and if they lose this procedure they will lose their practice. They will have to re-train for another type procedure. Big money loss.
Note: as said the mesh must be removed. Don't cut nerves. It will only make the situation worse! After mesh is removed, your son's hernia can then be sewn! Shouldice Method. And the doctor on this website knows such!
I was were your son is. It is going to be a long road.
If there is no real tissue damage, he possible can make a good recovery. It is important you get relief for pain.
You can try several meds. Be advised Oxycontin is the worst to withdraw from. I had to withdraw from Morphine, and it was no picnic, but according to Detox specialist better than the others! Be advised, Neurontin will not help. I've been there!. I feel for your son badly. If he is going through what I went through. God help him.
Again, please try and contact me, I can give the names and places to go. I can give others who have had the mesh removed, and are recovering. Hope you get this message! I met a girl who they did this too. 20 years old she was. The mesh disintergrasted in her. Her life is now destroyed, and she's on heavy meds. Not well! I have no respect to any surgeon who is using this mesh without seriuosly warning patients. They are scum! And they're everywere. And know not just any surgeon can remove this safely. Bob
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replied September 16th, 2011
Bob-
My husband has had horrible pain since an inguinal hernia surgery 15 months ago. Sometimes shooting pain, but always there from his left hip down to his left testicle. We saw a surgeon for a second opinion yesterday and he said nothing about the mesh. He suggested that we look into ablation treatment. We are going to talk to a university hospital next week. We are desperate for any info. Can you pass along those names and places you mentioned? Thanks so much!
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