Medical Questions > Conditions and Diseases > Hernia Forum

What to do with inguinal hernia and testicular pain?

Must Read
We review the definition of a hiatal hernia, what causes it, and types of hernias in this Introduction to Hiatal Hernia....
Do you know the difference between a small and large hiatal hernia? Know when to seek medical help? Hiatal hernia symptoms and more here....
Hiatal hernias are diagnosed clinically. But what lab tests and procedures can help confirm hiatal hernia? We review the medical exams here....
I have an inguinal hernia and testicular pain, I'm 18 and this pain just came to me like a week ago, it started to bother my testical, my left one, and also I noticed a lump near my pelvis/groin region so I consulted a doctor, she examined me and said I do have inguinal hernia. She told me not to lift heavy weights because that's what had caused it and she also prescribed some medicine to take away pain, she told me that I can get surgery to get rid of it but she said this "it won't leave you the same" I don't understand what she meant by that. I told her about my left testical and how this is REALLY bothering me but she would kind of ignore the question and just said that inguinal hernia causes pain down there and sometimes swelling. But anyway here are the questions I have :

1. How do I get rid of this pain from the testicals?
2. Does the pain always remain there until I have surgery, or does it go away after a while?
3. What are some side effects from inguinal hernia surgery?
4. After surgery, does that swelling and pain go away from the testicals?

Someone please help, an answer is greatly appreciated.
Did you find this post helpful?
|

replied February 16th, 2012
Experienced User
1) the testicular pain may or may not go away on its own. you have nerve compression/irritation in the inguinal area. you can try some core strengthening exercises, but they are no guarantee

2) same as #1, surgery usually relieves the pain, but again, no guarantees - which you will hear from any surgery you see, that he offers no guarantees

3) possible side effects are PHPS - post herniorraphy pain syndrome, also called inguinodynia or inguinal neuralgia. other side effects may be localized numbness at the immediate surgical site

4) most swelling will go away after surgery following 2-8 weeks of healing, but again, if you ask these questions to a surgery, he will not guarantee anything.


the bulk of surgeons that do inguinal hernias will gloss over the surgery and make you believe it is a routine procedure that is done everyday. yes, this type of surgery is done everyday, but there is nothing routine about it. if you feel that you absolutely must get it repaired, increase your odds of a successful outcome by going to a dedicated hernia specialist and not just a general surgeon.
|
Did you find this post helpful?

replied February 25th, 2012
Lifting heavy weights does not "cause" a hernia. You had a congenital weakness in that area that would have eventually lead to a hernia no matter what you did. I am 57 and have lifted weights my entire life. I was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia a few years ago and also experienced some testicular pain. I had it repaired immediately and it releived the testicular pain. A hernia will usually continue to grow once it has ocurred. Having it surgically corrected as soon as possible is the correct thing to do. As far as the "you will never be the same" statement is concened,I don't understand why your doctor would say this. The mesh installed to repair the hernia will keep it from occurring again. After my surgery, I was back to all normal activity within four days. In fact, the surgeon encouraged me to go back to exercising and lifting at work. When done correctly, a small hernia repair can prevent a multitude of health problems. Get it fixed while it is still small. My hernia surgery was done six years ago and I am still as good as new. The advantages of the repair far outway the risks, and the new repair techniques guarantee a high rate of succcess and the pain due to the surgery is very minimal (if any) and doesn't last very long. You will be happy that you had it done.
|
Did you find this post helpful?

replied February 25th, 2012
Hernia repair
Lifting heavy weights does not "cause" a hernia. You had a congenital weakness in that area that would have eventually led to a hernia no matter what you did. I am 57 and have lifted weights my entire life. I was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia a few years ago and also experienced some testicular pain. I had it repaired immediately and it relieved the testicular pain. A hernia will usually continue to grow once it has occurred. Having it surgically corrected as soon as possible is the correct thing to do. As far as the "you will never be the same" statement is concerned, I don't understand why your doctor would say this. The mesh installed to repair the hernia will keep it from occurring again. After my surgery, I was back to all normal activity within four days. In fact, the surgeon encouraged me to go back to exercising and lifting at work. When done correctly, a small hernia repair can prevent a multitude of health problems. Get it fixed while it is still small. My hernia surgery was done six years ago and I am still as good as new. The advantages of the repair far outweigh the risks, and the new repair techniques guarantee a high rate of success and the pain due to the surgery is very minimal (if any) and doesn't last very long. At your young age your body should respond very well to the surgery and heal quickly. You will be happy that you had it done. I do agree with the previous post that says to seek out a dedicated hernia surgeon who does hernias as his one and only specialty. Good luck!
|
Did you find this post helpful?