Weight training with *possible* inguinal hernia
First the quick background: I noticed a small bulge on the left side last week right at the very top of where my torso and leg connect and hernia was my first thought (though when pressing on it feels the same as the right side, maybe a tiny bit softer, and I thought these typically showed up a bit lower). I had one repaired on the right side when I was six (26 years ago), though from what little I recall that one was lower, larger and harder. My preferred form of working out is heavy barbell training, and has been for several years.
So, now for my question: Does my use of the Valsalva technique for breathing (deep breath in, hold in belly, create intra abdominal pressure, exhale after the rep, repeat) during weight training put increased intra abdominal pressure on the wrong places and increase the risk of any hernia getting worse? I wear a belt, which is what I brace my abs against when lifting, but the little bulge I noticed is slightly below where my belt is. I’m not so worried about the weight itself making the hernia worse, but I’ve seen different theories on the internet (hint: not from reliable sources) about the impact of the Valsalva maneuver used during weight training (not a medical exam) on inguinal hernias.
No pain, and I can maybe feel a little something moving around an inch or so below the bulge when I press deep, but it could just as easily be some of the cords and tubes that carry blood and other substances to/from the scrotum, a tendon or nerve or an implant from an alien abduction for all I know… Sometimes feel like something is shifting around internally exerting a little pressure but not exclusive to that side, not painful and feels like it could be any number of things (gas included). Haven’t gone to had it checked yet but I’m in the “don’t fix it till it’s causing problems” and “just because you can fix it doesn’t mean you should” camps with most health issues.
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