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bloated stomach and constipation - inguinal hernia ?

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I have had digestion problems the last 5-6 years, consisting mainly of bloated stomach and constipation. At first it wasn’t much of a problem and I thought it would go away on its own. After about 6 months it had gotten worse and started to weigh me down bodily and mentally. At present it’s practically ruining my life. Always being a fairly sensitive person with a complicated childhood, these complications have made me a nervous wreck with anxiety and fear of social activity.

So far doctor’s advice has not helped, neither has any medication I’ve been suggested, both psychiatric drugs and laxatives/stool softeners etc. and the given diagnosis was Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Exercise has not helped med either, usually I even feel worse after taking a swim or a run.

Then only a few months ago I discovered, on my own, that I might have an inguinal hernia. I was excited and went to my local doctor who examined me and agreed that it was inguinal hernia on my right side. He then made arrangements for a pre-operation consultation, which I was at yesterday.

At the consultation my hopes of getting better were shattered though, as the surgeon I meet told me it was not Inguinal Hernia and that my local doctor had misjudged his examination.

The surgeon I saw told me that what looked like Inguinal Hernia, was simply my entire abdonmial wall being expressed at the right side of my lower abdomen. His argument for this was that im skinny and that the condition was entirely normal. But im not especially skinny and years ago, when my weight was even greater, I still had the same problems and the sack/bulge was there as well (even though I did not understand the possible relation to hernia until years later, with more then one doctor examining my abdomen and not discovering the sack/bulge either).

My condition apparently looked like a Inguinal Hernia enough for my local doctor to appoint me an operation, so I am quite confused. Also after discovering the possible relation between Inguinal Hernia and my sack/bulge I have had great luck in emptying out my intestines better by putting pressure and controlling the area that protudes so that it doesn’t look “unsual” and stays in place. The fact that stool softeners/laxtatives and
exercise only makes my problem worse also relates more to a Inguinal Hernia then Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Can anyone relate to this? Are Inguinal Hernias often mistaked for a harmless condition like this surgeon told me? I really hope he was just trying to push me off as he also said that Inguinal Hernia operations can very often give the patient follow up problems like extreme pain in the abdomen, which I havn’t read anywhere at all. My local doctor did not mention anything similar either and simply said that the operation was completely routine and usually never had any complications, neither at the operation itself or following.

(Btw. I live in the country of Denmark.)
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First Helper jeanlefete
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replied January 20th, 2008
Extremely eHealthy
Hi

Sorry you have been jerked around by the doctors. I've had many hernias during my life.
First- you need to find a surgeon who will listen to you and who specializes in hernia repairs.
Second- do your homework if you end up having hernia surgery. There are many people suffering from the meshes that are being used to repair hernias today, some have even been recalled by the FDA. (I am one of those people suffering...the pain in is debilitating)

Good Luck and let me know how you are doing.

Take Care Smile
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replied June 15th, 2010
I was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. It's at the point now where I can simply push it back into place. I'm also having problems with sternum pain, bloating & constipation. The bloating/strnum pain comes & goes...I'm not sure if it's hunger pains since the pain goes away after a meal. However, the same problem comes back a few hours later. I noticed this problem more after eating out at a local restaurant a couple months back. Could this be a stomach virus contracted from the restaurant? When I do make a bowel movement, the pain/bloating eases..sometimes yes...other times no. I found drinking milk helps this problem as well. Acid-reflux? So, anyone out there willing to share ideas as to the diagnosis? Thanks!
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replied June 30th, 2010
Misdiagnosed inguinal hernia
With my initial visit to the surgeon, my inguinal hernia was also misdiagnosed. Having done a fair amount of research going into the apt. and being from the medical community myself (a register nurse), I realized that even the best of surgeons can at times be wrong. I left the examing room feeling frustrated and confused, but my gut instincts told me he was wrong, so before I paid my bill, I told the staff I wasn't satisfied with my visit and wanted to talk to the doctor before I left. He told me he'd do surgery if I insisted....calling it exploratory laproscopy to diagonose the inguinal buldge. I was right! It was indeed a hernia. I'd encourage you to politely challenge your surgeon if your instincts tell you differently
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replied July 1st, 2010
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I agree with Rhon...challenge your surgeon if you feel uncomfortable with his diagnosis. And she did it right, before paying the bill. Some doctors try and squeeze more money out of you by wanting you to schedule another appointment for more 'talk'...as they 'simply don't have time right now to speak with you'. What BS!

My suggestion overall...AVOID general surgeons! Go see a hernia specialist!! One that is doing 10+ hernia surgeries a week.
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replied July 9th, 2010
bloated stomach and constipation - inguinal hernia ?
I have had very similar symptoms over the past two and a half years.

It had first started with acute right side pelvis pain. My Doctor thought it was Appendicitis so I was sent to the ER. they decided that it was an Ovarian Cyst that had ruptured. After an Ultrasound and only a finding a small cyst they "the doctors" insisted it was just a cyst.
After constant right pelvis pain and constipation for the next 18 months my Doctor sent me for exploritory surgery....needless to say they found nothing Gynologicly wrong with me.

12 Months on I am still suffering but with more Gastrointestinal symtoms. I have just finished a course of Gastritis antibiotics, 101 normal tests completed except for a small Indirect Inguinal hernia on the right.

I have been to see the General Surgeon and he said he would fix the hernia. But there is a catch to the story he will not operate until I have had an MRI of my spine to rule out any nerve damage to my spine (due to the pain down the leg).
I will keep posted on this as there is not much in the way of forums on this subject.
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replied December 26th, 2010
Inguinal Hernia
Here is my story and I wish I had read these posts well over a year ago, for my sake and perhaps to confirm issues raised by some of these posts. This is the only string I've found that really has nailed things ON THE HEAD. Thank you for your posts, my regular doctor is also going to read these, I assure you!

Okay, in late summer of 2008 I began having problems with and some shortness of breath, yawning to get a deeper breath. I thought it was probably somehow related to issues, symptoms from my Hashimoto's Thyroid and some thyroiditis episodes I'd had. Normal to think recent health issues are related right? One of the symptoms of thyroiditus can be constipation and the related bloating, so nothing earh shaking.

I shrugged it off and continued working out, playing tennis and my normal routine, life, etc. Tried to plow on through like I had with all my other minor heath issues.

Moved to a new job, started with a new family physician, tested hormone levels, kept my thyroid medicated the same. Still had not really complained about the yawning, but I did complain about my constipation and irregular bowel movements, multiple per day sometimes, just not very much at one time and feeling bloated, unless I took something to force the issue. I also complained about pain in my abdomen that my doctor thought might be gall bladder, but it was very inconsistent and several trips to a gastroenterologist, where I also complained about my, irregular bowels, sometimes constipation. After tests and no conclusions, he lableled my problem as IBS Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Okay, the symptoms didn't match the definition he gave me, nor my symptoms, but I saw him write IBS down on his form anyway!

I gave up for a while, I'd given all the stool samples and skipped breakfasts a couple times too many for the results I'd gotten. I kept playing tennis and doing my normal active life. Developed a numbness in my right thigh when playing tennis and some pain in my groin back in August. Thought I'd pulled something, stretched more, but neither symptom got better, they got worse. I went to see my Dr. November and he took one look and said I had an iguinal hernia. He just kind of smiled, he didn't say this was going to cure my other ills that I'd complained about, but I'm certain he was wondering. He set me up with a Hernia surgeon. No questions hardly, he looked at me 10 seconds and set the date for surgery.

I had it done last Wednesday, my right leg's numbness issue is already significantly better and I think will be pretty much resolved when the swelling goes down. Als had one of the most lightning fast, easy bowel movements I've had in years. Bodes well, crossing my fingers, but this may have resolved several things for me.

Hope this isn't confusing and helps someone. Oh and did I mention my yawning is completely gone?!! This excites me the most of all, I thing the bloating and constipation was contributing to it, keeping me from getting those satisfying deep breaths.
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replied October 8th, 2011
Jean, your symptoms sound just like mine. I have been wondering if I have a hernia since my symptoms got much worse after a very intense workout a few days ago. I am badly constipated and my abdomen, groin, and genital area are now swollen. I am tender around my right side above my bladder and more swollen there as well. I will be showing my doctor these posts during my vist on Monday. Im glad to hear you got better. Maybe I will have the same luck.

Carrie
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replied October 8th, 2011
Jean, your symptoms sound just like mine. I have been wondering if I have a hernia since my symptoms got much worse after a very intense workout a few days ago. I am badly constipated and my abdomen, groin, and genital area are now swollen. I am tender around my right side above my bladder and more swollen there as well. I will be showing my doctor these posts during my vist on Monday. Im glad to hear you got better. Maybe I will have the same luck.

Carrie
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replied October 20th, 2011
Iv been having similar issues, I have been diagnosed with 2 hernia's I believe Inaugural, Now that I think back before they were diagnosed I had hunger pains that felt a little different than what i was use too. I was very constipated I'm talking rocks, That may have worsened or started my hernia's.



My urinating feels Weird and it usually feels like I have to go worse than I really do. My bowels won't seem to move except once a week and that's with laxatives and sendekot pills....maybe the hernia is partially blocking my intestine??

I'm not sure if they are related but when i do have a bowel movement the bowel is skinny and small and I have the feeling as if I haven't completely evacuated my system. I constantly have lower right side back pain lower abdomen cramps and pain etc... I'm waiting to see a gastro doctor to see what the problem is... My appointment to so the surgeon is Nov 23, 2011
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replied November 4th, 2011
Chevy 350...you just described my last few weeks. I have my surgical consult on Nov 22. Primary doc said it was a hernia. Just hope I am not wrecking tissue by waiting until the 22nd (earliest appt). The feelings I have are intense, and painful (more uncomfortable than painful I suppose).

Keep us posted.
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replied December 5th, 2011
I have similar issues, have felt like crap for 2 years now, going around visiting doctors doing tests. All came back normal. My issues been constipation, shortness of breath, bloating as if My chest is filled with air. Also had issues with Gerd alot. I do have hiatal hernia. But when i push on My left lower side i can feel as if i can massage bowel forward. Weird stuff. Had problems with heart palps two years ago, seems as if stress messed me up bit. The combo issues have made me do tests like 24 hour heart monitor, stress test, heart echo, lung xray, 24 hour urine test, stool samples, heart echo, numerous blood tests etc... I now think constipation is the culprit.
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replied January 21st, 2012
interesting info
Wow - I have been suffering from constipation for years and they did find that my ovary was in a place that it should not have been and being torsed so they took that out but now the pain in my groin is intense. They are looking at my hip to see if I actually have a hip problem but now reading all of this I think it's a hernia. I do not pass any bowels without the help of Miralax. The pain in deep in my groin and when pressed on makes my thigh hurt. I have been going to PT and he began working on my hip and I believe it to be worse after he works in that area and unfortunately not better. How did everyone do with the surgeon? I have my appt 1/30/12 to "rule out" a hernia. I previously have been hospitalized for colon blockages so this has been going on for years. How does one find the "BULDGE"? Does anyone use Motrin for the pain? I used it quite a bit to the point where I burnt out my esophogus so is there anything else that can be used for the discomfort?
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replied January 21st, 2012
Wow - I have been suffering from constipation for years and they did find that my ovary was in a place that it should not have been and being torsed so they took that out but now the pain in my groin is intense. They are looking at my hip to see if I actually have a hip problem but now reading all of this I think it's a hernia. I do not pass any bowels without the help of Miralax. The pain in deep in my groin and when pressed on makes my thigh hurt. I have been going to PT and he began working on my hip and I believe it to be worse after he works in that area and unfortunately not better. How did everyone do with the surgeon? I have my appt 1/30/12 to "rule out" a hernia. I previously have been hospitalized for colon blockages so this has been going on for years. How does one find the "BULDGE"? Does anyone use Motrin for the pain? I used it quite a bit to the point where I burnt out my esophogus so is there anything else that can be used for the discomfort?
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replied March 24th, 2012
Hernia and IBS
Well, my husband has IBS and pain on the left side below stomach. In the colonoscopy Dr discovered some pouches. He told us that was no cause to worry. He was advised to take some fiber. My husband has condtinued to have pain and IBS. I did my own research and discovered that IBS and pain is associated to this condition. But my husband was also told by his Dr. that he had hernia, he had a cat scan which was confusing. He has been to three different reputable General Surgeons, the first one advised that he did not have hernia, so he went to see 2nd one, he advised surgery, we were puzzled, we do not know why he continues to have this pain and IBS. We do not know whether his hernia is aggrevating this pain. Therefore, we took a third opinion and see what is wrong ? He advised hernia surgery. The problem is that these surgeons or group of them, are running their business for PROFIT. They must produce certain amount of Revenues month after month for their practice to produce maximum profits. The first Dr. was a professor and had his indivdual practice. I was kind of surprised and until to date believe him too. Why would not a Surgeon recommend a surgery when he knows that he is going to make more money from it, since he did not, he should be credited for his honesty. Does any one know whether this IBS is associated with Hernia or not. He has no pain and IBS symptoms when he is in Bed, it can be even 15 hrs. His symptoms get worse when he stands around or when he is walking, etc. Within few minutes he gets the pain and gets relief after a bowl movement. He also does not get this pain when he is sitting down.
Pl respond!
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replied March 25th, 2012
Amen to Answers
Hi Mvt2010,

I finally have some answers!!! The surgeon decided to perform surgery only because he needed to go in and "take a look". I am so glad he did! He found a Spigelian hernia to which my appendix kept falling through. This had been going on for over 15 years without an answer and now finally an answer. It immediately stopped that pain and the feeling of always wanting to vomit. I think because I was always constipated it somehow affected my bladder. I am now having some issues with cystitis but getting that under control as well. It is SO NICE to be free of those attacks which left me unable to get out of bed some days to waking up and getting things done.
PS ... the only way he would have seen this hernia is by having surgery. Out of the 11 CT Scans - NOTHING showed up. I would recommend anyone to have a surgeon at least take a look cause I never would have believed what he found but I did know something was really wrong that needed to be fixed. Amen
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replied April 6th, 2012
I have pain in my right side of abdomin bloated and recently been constipated been to docs and said it's not a hernia any suggestions.
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replied September 6th, 2012
explains so much
I was diagnosed with IBS when I was 12 years old. I had a double right inguinal repair in 2001, a double left and single right inguinal hernia repair in 2004, a hydracil repair in 2008, and now one again I have another hernia. I had abdominal pain many times sinxe the last hernia repaire but the doctors stated its pain from scar tissue.

My symptoms that have continued for the past 5 years are;

Bloating, gas, abdominal pain, testicular pain, nausia, dizzyness, back pain, constipation, and painful bowel movements.

All of your posts shed loads of light on my situation.
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