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Working with a Hernia

My name is Kevin and 4 months ago was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. I suspect I had t for years, yet just recently aggrivated it! I had dull sharp pains for years now in my left lower abdomen. First they said it was Irritable Bowel, than they said it was Diverticultis...FINALLY I fell to the floor in pain and found it it was a hernia. Its affected everything I do!
I work 40 hours + as a restaurant manager which often requires me to lift and strain regardless of my restrictions. I am on Lortab for pain, but it doesnt always work. I am awaiting surgery and just wondered if anyone else has had severe pain to the point where working is hard. Any tips??? Also, is it ok to go against these restrictions occasionally?? I fear for me job!!!!! Help, support, anyone with a hernia that can share their work stories would really help, as no one in my life aside from doctor seems to get it!! This line of work makes it hard to take it easy Sad
ADVICE....STORIES...TIPS!!! All are welcome!!!
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replied May 24th, 2010
Severe pain is uncommon in patients with chronic groin hernias unless a loop of bowel becomes stuck inside the hernia and becomes obstructed. (Most patients with hernias do experience an aching sensation or discomfort, however.)

One should avoid heavy lifting before the hernia is repaired (and for 4 to 6 weeks after surgery),

Sincerely/ Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

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