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  • Can this return, 1.5 yrs after surgery?

    Posted by LisaD on November 10, 2018 at 4:05 am

    I’m a 43 yr old female. I had inguinal mesh hernia surgery on 6/16/17. It took many months to come to a conclusion that my chronic pelvic pain- was indeed a hernia.

    I had a complete hysterectomy, 12 years ago.

    Due to severe endometriosis and PCOS.

    3 years after my hysterectomy, pain resurfaced. I didn’t know what was wrong, as I thought my hysterectomy would take care of the chronic pain I lived with, for so long. Not the case. Little did I know, that my painful journey just took another level.

    After many visits, tests, and pleading my GYN agreed to go in and see what was wrong. My adhesions had covered and suffocated my bowel. They had to cut me open and try and remove all the tissue. It was a horrible recovery. 5 years later- the pain returned.

    My GYN refused to see me, as I no longer had “female organs”. I was devastated. I had to search to find someone to help me. I finally did, and they decided to go in and see where the pain was coming from. My adhesions once again, covered and detached my appendix. Pulling it from one portion of my abdominal cavity to the other. My appendix was untangled and removed.

    2 years later when the pain returned- that Dr refused to see me. He suggested I go to chronic pain therapy. (What would’ve happened had I done that prior, with a damaged bowel and appendix?).

    It took months to find a Dr that wanted to see someone that had continuous damaging scar tissue, without “female organs.”

    Due to severe constipation, nausea, and unable to walk well because of pain, my husband insisted we go to a large city- to the ER. So we drove 1.5 hours to hopefully get help. The ER Dr scheduled me an appt with a great surgeon in the area. During my visit to him, he knew within 5 min what was wrong. Inguinal hernia. I cried with relief. Knowing then, I wasn’t crazy. He could feel the severity of it, during my consultation. We scheduled the surgery for that week.

    It has been 1.5 yrs- and I am feeling the pulling, tugging, aching – familiar feeling that I did prior. There is a bit of burning as well.

    I just sat and cried yesterday. Again in disbelief.

    During my workout routine, a couple of months ago – I would feel a slight tingle, but nothing consistent. It has been more constant this week. Could this possibly be the mesh? Could this actually come back?

    I’m at a loss – and hate the thoughts of going through this yet again. I fear it breaking me, if so 🙁

    Does anyone have any insight whatsoever?

    Is this a battle for the rest of my life?:(

    LisaD replied 5 years, 6 months ago 4 Members · 5 Replies
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  • LisaD

    November 13, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    Thanks so much. I appreciate the info. I will look into it.
    I have struggled with adhesion/female pelvic pain. Hernias are very new to me. Is there any difference in your pain, with hernia recurrence?
    I just can’t believe I’m dealing with this again.
    What causes the recurrence?

  • Chaunce1234

    November 13, 2018 at 2:17 am

    Echoing [USER=”2686″]tenreasy[/USER] comment, Dr Bruce Ramshaw in your home state of Tennessee is a very highly regarded hernia surgeon, perhaps you can try reaching out to his clinic and getting an appointment to check things out.

    Good luck and keep us updated on your case and progress.

  • tenreasy

    November 11, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Other folks on the forum have mentioned these hernia specialists that may be not be too far from you.

    Dr. Ramshaw – Knoxville, TN
    Dr Paul Szotek in Indianapolis, IN

  • LisaD

    November 10, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    Thank you so much for your read and comment.
    I was not aware of adhesion barriers. That would’ve been a true godsend- long ago.

    Could the current pain, which I’m experiencing now – possibly be adhesions? Or more along the lines of hernia recurrence?

    I live in a small town- near Cookeville TN. I do not know of a hernia specialist. I had to go to the ER in Nashville TN, to get any help at all. It’s sad, really and very unfortunate.

  • drtowfigh

    November 10, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    If you’ve had so many adhesion problems, it seems your body may be more active than average in making adhesions. So, you should consider looking into that again. It’s a cycle that keeps repeating itself often. There are anti adhesion barriers which can be used. Not sure if your surgeon has done so before.

    it’s uncommon to have mesh-related problems that occur 1.5 years later. Usually troubles begin early—within the same year. So, I would look into other problems, such as hernia recurrence. A specialist in hernias can do the full workup for you.

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