Need some direction to find answers
I would really appreciate some advice and or direction. It’s been a bit more than 6 months since I had inguinal hernia surgery. May 5,2017. Laparoscopic using Bard 3D max light mesh. Healing went well, pain disappeared rather quickly. I did great for 6 weeks post surgery, no pain once the initial post op pain subsided. I felt normal and physician ok’d me to go back to my usual life. So I tried some golf, doctor knew from first visit pre-surgery I played so we discussed when I could play again. I had some discomfort after the second round, but the next day I awoke to severe stabbing pains with every step. I went back to my doctor and he felt golf had stressed the surgical tacks and the pain would stop in time as they dissolved. Over time the severe pain did cease and I am improved, however pain still creeps in daily and can increase by just walking about or standing after awhile. Sitting upright at a table for a few hours can cause some discomfort as well. I awake some mornings just fine and only have random pains after I am moving about, other days I awake with a stiffness in my pelvis bone area that tends to linger. I experience random dull stabs or tightness at the former hernia site and what feels like numbness or possible warmth down to my inner thigh area. I rest by reclining once it begins to reappear and the discomfort decreases in a reasonable amount. I was a fairly active person, including regular exercise, no pain issues prior to surgery, now I’m not active at all. I now confine my activities to just basic functions at home and necessary errands. Just for FYI my age is 61, 6’3” and 200 pounds. Other than this issue I am in good health.
I visited my surgeon again in August and he did have an ultrasound performed on me, with valsalva, and it showed nothing of concern to him. He isn’t interested in having an MRI or CT scan performed. I look normal, no bulges or discoloration. Bodily functions are normal. My surgeon isn’t offering me anything now except trying pain management shots.
With the goal of getting my old life back I would prefer to better understand what is causing the issue and finding a solution if possible. I believe my options at this point is to rest more and see if things improve further over the next few months. Find another surgeon and get a second opinion? Which I guess could end up in a revision of the first surgery work. So I would prefer suggestions to include for that possibility. From where I live parts of Virginia and Maryland are within reasonable distance. So I would be open to any recommendations. Or some other possible option I would appreciate being made aware of. Thoughts please. Thank You.
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