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I had femoral hernia repair with a mesh plugh put in about4 1/2 months ago. Now the at the site I get sharp pains, burning, than a cold sensation, that radiates down my leg and into my abdomin. Surgeon thinks it is a nerve or a possible allergic reaction to the mesh. He wants to do a nerve block to see if this will give me any pain relief. The pain is horrible. How do I tell if I am allergic to the mesh or not?

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replied November 6th, 2012
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Welcome to ehealthforum and thanks for writing

Your Doctor seems right that you might be having an allergic reaction or a nerve inflammation. Nerve blocks are used for treatment of pain and inflammation if associated with the related nerve. If that also does not provide relief then allergy to mesh can be suspected. Allergic reaction is a common complaint and body tries to reject it and a scar tissue is formed around it. Treatment for this is to get back and remove the mesh.

Consider visiting the treating surgeon for evaluation.

Take care!

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