Hi. 43 y.o. male. Slightly overweight (6’1 230lbs). Recently started working out again after 6 yrs of relative inactivity. Probably was too aggressive and began lifting heavy weight rather than starting slow. I then noticed a strange pulling sensation when urinating sometimes. Found out I have a small umbilical hernia. The Dr. advised to wait as it is rather tiny, and wasn’t causing allot of discomfort. Now I’m beginning to notice what seems like more bloating/gas than usual, and some minor to moderate abdominal discomfort. Are those symptoms common, or should I get a second opinion. Thank you.
I think there is nothing wrong with getting a second opinion, particularly if you feel you might be getting more symptomatic from the hernia. I’m just a patient though, I don’t know what doctors think of additional opinions and if they’re helpful or not.
If your username is suggestive of your location (NYC) then you have a lot of great hernia specialists nearby, one that is frequently mentioned on these forums in Dr Brian Jacob in NYC. Further upstate in Albany NY is Dr Steven Goldstein.
All the symptoms you describe may be coming from your umbilical hernia. That said, the main purpose of hernia repair is to improve your quality of life. Size is almost never a primary determinant of repair. If the symptoms are bothering you, then repair can help.
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