4 weeks post op inguinal hernia surgery
Hi to all,
I hit 4 weeks post op left inguinal open hernia surgery tomorrow. I would classify my first 2 weeks as probably a normal recovery. However as I entered my 3rd week I started to develop fairly severe pain in my scrotum, inner thigh areas, horizontally across my lower abdomen, a tender/painful area in the lower part of my incision, and some numbness in both legs. Pain intensifies when I sit, lying down gives me relief although not instantaneous. I still have pain when I stand but it is quite a lot less than when sitting – so pain runs like this on a scale of 1-10; lying down (i.e., after sleeping all night pain =0-1, standing 4-5, sitting 7-9. I returned to my surgeon this past week and he seemed surprised that I was having this pain and he wants me to take Gabapentin along with Celebrex. I am currently taking 800 MG Ibuprofen 2-3 times a day. So that’s where I am, some questions:
1.) What is causing my pain and why would it start in week 3?
2.) In conducting some research my symptoms sound like possible Ilioinguinal nerve trauma or possible entrapment. How do I know whether this is trauma to my nerves that just needs time to heal versus entrapment or something that needs intervention?
I will spare you the frustration and anger I am going through as I work through this debilitating situation.
Thanks for helping.
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