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mark123
10-21-2011, 10:23 AM
Ugh. I've got a hernia. It doesn't hurt but it sure is disconcerting to have some of your guts hanging out. I've got to figure a way to come up with $7000 for the surgery.

Steve
10-21-2011, 03:37 PM
Sorry about this happening.

This has happened to a couple friends of mine. One of them, went out and got it fixed right away and had some surgical mesh put in.

While the other has put it off and wears some kind of belt contraption he has made. He has felt more and more pain over time and can't do much of anything.

The thing that most people seem not to get with this is that you don't need to be lifting a ton of weight for it to happen.

Ducke
10-21-2011, 07:28 PM
I have had the operation three times.
once on each side and a second one on my right side the last one I had the mess put in and the Doc says it good for life, the standard why is only good for about 10 years.
Its not all that bad but if your going to do it, do it in the winter as you will be off work for 6-8 weeks.
Good luck and take care of it the longer you wait the worse it will get.

Hedgemaster
10-21-2011, 08:18 PM
Ugh. I've got a hernia. It doesn't hurt but it sure is disconcerting to have some of your guts hanging out. I've got to figure a way to come up with $7000 for the surgery.


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Sorry to hear it. Hoping everything works out for you.

mark123
10-22-2011, 01:01 AM
"Escort for hire"

Mark Bigalow - Pennsylvania Gigolo

I think I'd have to pay them. :p

CHEESE2009
10-22-2011, 10:01 PM
Do what you can to get it treated right away my friend.

I hope you are doing well, seriously.

Steve
10-24-2011, 04:51 PM
I have had the operation three times.

Has the doctor said anything about how to prevent it from happening again? Or do you do anything differently now to avoid any future problems with it?

It would probably be good for others to know what not to do.

Ducke
10-24-2011, 05:34 PM
Has the doctor said anything about how to prevent it from happening again? Or do you do anything differently now to avoid any future problems with it?

It would probably be good for others to know what not to do.

There are several issue at play with a hernia, It is a torn muscle in the abdomen wall usually vertical ( but not always) and the inner horizontal muscle pops out though the tear. causing a bulge that hurts like heck (^@#%*$&^) The thing is that when standing the muscles act normal its bending or sitting that seem to cause the most pain, I use to like sitting cross legged to watch TV on the couch, well that was painful and the reason I went to the Doc in the first place. The longer you wait the more of a chance you take of a Strangulated hernia were instead of the horizontal muscle popping through you intestine pops out and the vertical muscles squeeze it and cut off the blood flow to it and this is not good at all. It can KILL you.
Prevention it simple and we hear it and see it all the time ALWAYS LIFT WITH YOUR LEGS NOT YOUR BACK. this one simple thing will help keep the strain off you abdomen muscles and help prevent tears.
My hernias were from my early teen years when I worked in warehousing,
Repetitive WRONG lifting weakened and tore the muscles that and my Beer Gut at the time too.

mark123
01-05-2012, 09:15 PM
The surgery is scheduled for next Friday, January 13th. I paid the surgeon the first half as he requested.

I'm a bit weirded out about getting anesthetized.

Hedgemaster
01-05-2012, 11:58 PM
The surgery is scheduled for next Friday, January 13th. I paid the surgeon the first half as he requested.

I'm a bit weirded out about getting anesthetized.


Pfffttt! Knock me OUT! I wouldn't want to be aware of anything - not even for a splinter!


I hope it all goes well for you. I assume that's a pretty routine procedure that doesn't require a trip to the Burgh and one of the "big shot" docs?

mark123
01-06-2012, 06:41 AM
Pfffttt! Knock me OUT! I wouldn't want to be aware of anything - not even for a splinter! ...

Yeah, I hear being awake for surgery is pretty brutal. ;)

Ducke
01-06-2012, 08:20 PM
Yeah, I hear being awake for surgery is pretty brutal. ;)

Mark
It not all that bad, I do believe I said before I have had it done three times.
First time was kind of scary but I did not know anyone who had had it done before.
The first one I took the full 8 weeks off work (I was working in a warehouse then) the second one I took 4 weeks off (same warehouse) and the last one I took 2 weeks off work and went back to a desk job.
Relax and don't worry and take advantage of everyone getting you stuff and wanting to wait on you hand a foot :D

mark123
01-08-2012, 09:03 PM
... Relax and don't worry and take advantage of everyone getting you stuff and wanting to wait on you hand a foot :D

I don't think I can get away with it though. The doctor said I could go back to work the next day. :p

mark123
01-13-2012, 01:17 PM
Everything seems to have gone well. I'm home and ready to take it easy for a few days. :)

Steve
01-13-2012, 02:57 PM
Mark,

I am glad you are out of that and recovering!

I know a bunch of people that could use this surgery but they keep putting it off and wrapping themselves tighter with different kinds of wraps.

What was your view on the experience of the surgery?

dpld
01-13-2012, 05:30 PM
The surgery is scheduled for next Friday, January 13th. I paid the surgeon the first half as he requested.

I'm a bit weirded out about getting anesthetized.


thats a trip and a half, when i got knocked out they made me sign the waiver and as soon as i got to the last letter on my name the guy hit the plunger and it was lights out.

next thing i know it seemed like 30 seconds later and i had a old nurse talking loud in my face telling me i have to try and urinate and i am just sitting there half daze and barely concious while this old lady got my piece in her hand aiming it in the bucket.

then she finished and walked away and i saw the bucket and it was filled with blood and i was like OMG.

the surgery was for a impacted kidney stone the size of a grape that had points like a star and i got 5 more behind it waiting to strike and i never been the same since nor do i expect to ever be.

i will tell you what, i have had broken bones in my legs, arms and torso i have had countless self induced injuries from stupidity through out my life and i even suffered 3rd degree burns on 27% of my body and i can trully say nothing even came close to the pain and misery of that kidney stone.
especially when it got to the infection stage and started shutting my body down.
i would not wish that on anyone and my brother in law has had hernia issues for years and he goes through hell with his.

good luck and i wish you nothing but the best.

mark123
01-13-2012, 08:10 PM
... What was your view on the experience of the surgery?
I don't think I have a view. The lady said she was going to ask me to take 4 deep breaths. She put a mask on my face and said "OK, deep breath." I tried to say "no, it smells awful." but instead I woke up in a different room.

The mask smelled like new shower curtains.

So far it seems like easy peasy. I'm going to take the Ibuprofen to take the swelling down but I don't think I'm going to need anything stronger.

Ducke
01-14-2012, 05:40 PM
I don't think I have a view. The lady said she was going to ask me to take 4 deep breaths. She put a mask on my face and said "OK, deep breath." I tried to say "no, it smells awful." but instead I woke up in a different room.

The mask smelled like new shower curtains.

So far it seems like easy peasy. I'm going to take the Ibuprofen to take the swelling down but I don't think I'm going to need anything stronger.

Oh man I had Demerol :p I was in no pain at all I rather enjoyed the first couple of days :D.
ICE bag of frozen peas to help with the swelling. Other then that rest and relaxation I read a load of books while I was off played some video games and watch some movies, I had my first two done in the summer so I just sat outside in the sun and read books.

Good luck
Graham
AKA: Ducke

mark123
01-15-2012, 01:15 PM
Ugh, I've got swelling and bruising on my, ahem, ... Umm, "twins". Is that normal?

Ducke
01-15-2012, 01:55 PM
Mark
Don't freak out that is completely normal
I do believe I said in one other post keep a bag of ice or frozen peas handy.
Give it a couple of days with the ice and the swelling will come down.
Ya got to put your feet up and relax no straining yourself.
Ice and Ibuprofen and rest buddy and a cold beer now and then.

mark123
01-15-2012, 02:14 PM
Mark
Don't freak out that is completely normal
I do believe I said in one other post keep a bag of ice or frozen peas handy.
Give it a couple of days with the ice and the swelling will come down.
Ya got to put your feet up and relax no straining yourself.
Ice and Ibuprofen and rest buddy and a cold beer now and then. Note to self: don't eat the peas at Ducke's house. LOL!

Thanks for the peace of mind. I've been icing and taking the anti-inflamatories but after the surgery I tried to sit at the computer and being upright was a mistake. The doctor gave me no restrictions but I sure don't feel like shoveling sidewalks right now.

Ducke
01-15-2012, 06:38 PM
Note to self: don't eat the peas at Ducke's house. LOL!

Thanks for the peace of mind. I've been icing and taking the anti-inflamatories but after the surgery I tried to sit at the computer and being upright was a mistake. The doctor gave me no restrictions but I sure don't feel like shoveling sidewalks right now.

Don't ever trust what a Doctor tells you.
he most likely never had a Hernia operation before. :D

Hedgemaster
01-15-2012, 06:57 PM
Step away from the snow shovel.

Take your pain meds as directed - don't wait until you feel pain. At that point it takes time for them to work and well... you'll be in pain until they do.

My wife used to work as a nurse. I get that lecture from time to time, so I'm passing it along.




ETA:

Lightbulb moment!

"Ducke's Ice Cold PeaNUTS" - They'll melt in yer mouth.
Grab a sack or two today!



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