Possible Hernia, But With Odd Symptoms?
Glad I found this forum. Hoping Dr. Towfigh and others might be able to offer some advice.
Briefly: I’m male, 38, with no history of abdominal discomfort, surgery, or injury. Approximately two months ago, I was forced to begin sleeping on my back due to oral surgery. (My mouth couldn’t be pressed against the pillow; I’m normally a side sleeper). After a couple of weeks, I began waking up with some mild discomfort in my pelvis and back that would disappear a few minutes after getting out of bed.
About a month ago, I began having a dull, aching pain radiating through my stomach, bladder, groin, testicles, and back, but only if it had been several days since I had last ejaculated. Upon release, the pain would disappear virtually overnight. Still, I found this odd, so I saw my physician.
She examined me and seemed to palpate a “bulge” or movement in my right groin with her hand when I cough. There is no visible bulge. She has ordered a CT scan and thinks a hernia is a “possibility” but isn’t sure and also has no idea how this could be related to my odd sexual discomfort.
I have a bit of health anxiety, so the idea of a hernia repair is very concerning to me. But I’m also worried the CT will be negative, which seems to be the case for smaller hernias that don’t openly protrude. My questions:
– If the physician sees no hernia on the scan, should I let the matter rest or seek a second opinion? She said if it was negative, I would be referred to a urologist instead of an abdominal surgeon.
– If not a hernia, what else could cause a bulge in or near the inguinal canal to “exhale” upon straining?
– Is it possible sleeping on my back–on a somewhat saggy, very old mattress–actually created stress on my abdominal wall, leading to a weak point that allowed a hernia to develop? I tried googling this, but I don’t see any mention of anyone ever developing a hernia as a result of poor sleep posture. If this was the case, would replacing the mattress allow the muscles to repair themselves?
– Could an inguinal hernia affect sexual release/the testes/sperm cords in any way? I thought the inguinal was also home to many of these parts. My (admittedly uninformed) theory is that I have a bit of intestine pressing on some genital structure that makes build-up of semen very uncomfortable. Is this even anatomically possible?
Thanks in advance.
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