Sorting out the pain
I’ve been experiencing a lot of abdominal pain for the last nearly two months and after a number of dr visits and tests which mostly ruled out various causes; I have been told I have hip arthritis and a small incisional hernia (seen on a partial ultrasound) from previous gynecological surgery. I have a lot of trouble bending over with swelling digging into me, and a lot of bloating, nausea and constipation. The pain is constant around the incision line, but then spreads upwards to include the whole abdominal wall if I’ve spent much time moving or sitting. I was told there was only fat involved and no bowel loops; however the nausea the last few days has increased and been a steady constant that nothing is really helping. I have an appointment with a general surgeon in a month but meanwhile I’m not sure what I can do to help ease the symptoms, whether the pain is from the hernia or just the arthritis or where to turn for more help (as an aside i’m not in the US) so any input would be really appreciated. One concern I have is that the hernia will be dismissed as not the cause of pain.
I would really like more tests done to rule out additional hernias (my gp felt one in my right groin area as well which the ultrasound didn’t pick up) but this hasn’t been done. Reading through the various posts on the forum and also some of the articles by Dr Towfigh has been helpful in terms of things like understanding that small hernias really can cause pain; that females do get hernias; and that they aren’t always picked up and seem to be over looked as an issue.
After writing all of this, I think some of my questions are:
Does what I wrote sound like hernia pain? (I think it is)
What can I do to help reduce the pain while I wait for a consultation?
Does all the nausea indicate strangulation or is this typical of hernias?
Can bowel move in and out of a hernia, even a small one?
and, why aren’t people examined for hernias in a sitting or bending position? so far, I’ve only been examined lying down which misses the bulges I feel when I’m sitting or bending
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