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Here are a couple of things from Dr. Towfigh about imaging, linked below. You are in a risky spot, with your assumption that you might have a hernia. The edge of a slippery slope leading to hernia surgery. Inguinal hernia repair is not the same as umbilical repair. Don’t assume that good results for one means that you’ll have good results for the other.
Have you taken a long rest period since you first had the pain or have you continued doing your normal activities? When I had my direct hernia I could rest and recover to a pain-free condition, even to the level where I could go for training runs and do light workouts. I chose surgery in an attempt to get back to my high level of physical activity, playing soccer several times per week. I think that I would have been better off retiring soccer and just living healthily at a lower level of physical activity. Surgery is very risky.
Good luck. Be careful.
Role of Imaging in the Diagnosis of Occult Hernias
Joseph Miller, MD, MS; Janice Cho, BA; Meina Joseph Michael, BS; Rola Saouaf, MD; Shirin Towfigh, MD
Author Affiliations Article Information
JAMA Surg. 2014;149(10):1077-1080. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2014.484