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  • Hernia causing diarrhea?

    Posted by Gemma on January 2, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    Hi all reading this, my first post and apologies if there is already something similar here.
    I was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia by my GP in July, I have an appointment to see a surgeon at the end of this month. I remember the day the hernia came, I was very active running, yoga and workouts daily. Since it developed I have struggled to exercise as it causes pain from my abdomen to my thighs, the worst part and what I’m most concerned with is the diarrhea, I go at least 8 times a day and (sorry for the TMI) it is always very watery and painful. My GP is aware of this but is not concerned. (I haven’t really lost weight) what I would like to know is, is this common?

    idoncov replied 6 years, 1 month ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
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  • idoncov

    January 5, 2018 at 10:02 am

    I have the same thing after my hernia repair. I was told that the diarrhea can be caused by constipation. When you can’t poop due to an obstruction or constriction your system will flush it out with extra liquid. It seems counterintuitive but it makes sense. In my case the constipation was also witnessed during ultrasound. That may be happening in your case.

  • Gemma

    January 4, 2018 at 8:38 am

    As I haven’t seen a consultant yet I don’t know much about the hernia, I first went to my Drs in May regarding this, was given an appointment with a practice nurse, told her my symptoms.. pain in legs and abdomen, this lump which protrudes in my pubic area but disappears when I lie down and diarrhea. I asked if it was a hernia then but was dismissed and told it was not possible, was given a script for fusidic acid and told it was an ingrown hair, to go away and try that. Then follows 2 months of me back and forth to see this nurse a few more times, would not put me in with a dr as they operate on a triage system. Finally a female GP sent me for an ultrasound, saying it must be gynecological. A female of my age could not possibly have a hernia in that area. Scan showed fibroids and no hernia. Then saw a male GP who told me to stand and cough a few times and said.. you have an inguinal hernia, need to see a surgeon, and will be a long wait. So I suppose they will decide if it’s direct or not. I spoke to the GP in September to ask for appointment to be expedited as diarrhea is getting worse. I have my appointment the end of this month. The pain I feel is like a twisting in the lower abdomen, a trip to the bathroom follows quickly after this. It must be related as I have not changed my diet or started any supplements regime. Maybe I’m wrong and there is something else going on but either way to have chronic diarrhea for this long is not right and it’s certainly not good for you

  • Good intentions

    January 3, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    Seems like the hernia and the diarrhea are getting conflated. If you went to your GP and said that you were suddenly having diarrhea you would think it would be a concern. Unless you also changed your diet or started taking supplements or some odd thing at the time the hernia appeared.

    What type of hernia, direct or indirect, and how bad is it? Just asking for any real doctors that might have a suggestion. You haven’t described much about the actual hernia.

    I didn’t even know that I had a hernia (direct) until saw the bump. It didn’t hurt until it got bigger.

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