1 week post op… horrible nerve pain
Hi all. I’m a 30 y/o male that had open mesh repair done for a left side inguinal hernia last week at UCLA. On Day 2 I attempted some light walking and noticed a uniquely horrible burning sensation at the crease of where my left inner thigh meets my groin. At this point all the aches and pains from the surgery have faded away, but this burning sensation has remained at 100% and it’s crippling.
To keep things short:
– burning sensation kicks in usually after 1 to 2 minutes of standing/walking
– lying down brings immediate relief, it’s essentially a ‘reset’ button
– erections trigger the same pain in the same location (crease where the left thigh meets groin)
– sitting often causes the same pain in the same location, but at less intensity
The surgeon said it’s likely an irritated nerve, recommended some NSAIDs and said it should calm down in a few days. He feels it’s unlikely that the nerve is caught in a suture or else I’d be in 24/7 pain. I’m trying to share his optimism but whenever I do a google search to find relatable stories, all that comes up are tales of chronic pain and neurectomies.
Can someone please educate me a bit on ‘irritated nerves’ and how these things typically play out? There’s a lot of info out there covering the extreme end of the spectrum (i.e. entrapped nerves) but I can’t find anything at all regarding short term issues like the one my surgeon feels I have.
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