10/18/2021 at 10:40 pm #29936William BryantParticipant
What are best methods to stop hernia enlarging?
I’ve read lying on back for hours helps – but I dont find that comfortable.
Avoid lifting – easier said than done.
Also read walking on tiptoes or at least putting toe to floor first.
10/22/2021 at 5:07 pm #29990Jack2021Participant
I’ve spoken with two hernia specialists who are/were on the European Hernia Society Board and they said you don’t need to do anything differently or stop doing anything when you have an inguinal hernia, unless it causes you pain/discomfort and that includes lifting, running etc etc.
I haven’t taken that literally as I’d rather not risk it and I believe that heavy lifting while reaching and/or turning is perhaps more likely to be an issue, but that’s my personal opinion.
I go for 3 – 4 mile walks regularly and have done short sprints here and there to test it and have had no ill effects from that.
As I mentioned in my reply to you in the other post (I’ll respond to your reply there asap also), the biggest improvement for me was losing some weight. I’m reasonably slim anyway, but as much as I don’t like to acknowledge it and most people wouldn’t have noticed, I had a bit of a belly.
Losing weight stopped all the discomfort I was experiencing, although it was very minimal and it’s put a bigger spring in my step generally too. Subject to your size, that may be worth considering.
10/23/2021 at 12:25 am #29995AlephyParticipant
@Jack2021 Yes I was told the same by the better half of the doctors I saw, and I agree with it.
At the very least doing the things you were doing before will help you understand your limits given the new situation (and as we all age, these limits were never really fixed, even before the hernia).
10/23/2021 at 2:19 am #29999William BryantParticipant
Thanks again Jack and Alephy. I have self imposed limits on what I do through fear of aggravating it. I do have to exceed these as it’s impractical to avoid everything but I am more careful…
The worry has caused a slight reduction in weight. But now I’m comfort eating so I’ll try and rein that in.
I do get slight twangs every now and again but usually worse towards end of the day and I think that is usual?
10/23/2021 at 4:18 am #30000Jack2021Participant
I agree with you Alephy. I stopped all lifting and strenuous activity to begin with, but began to build back up slowly and once told by consultants not to restrict myself, I’ve gone back to normal, more or less.
It makes sense that there’s more discomfort towards the end of the day. Before I lost weight, I would get slight discomfort after sitting upright while working all day.
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