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How Is A Hernia Diagnosed


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About three weeks ago I went to my doctor for some serious back pain. He briefly checked me out and said that it was probably nothing and that it would go away soon.

Now that my back pain is gone, there is a serious pain near my hip and near my stomach.

It just won't go away. I assume my best hope is that it is a hernia so I was wondering how that was diagnosed?

I know you need surgery to correct it but what is involved in that. I assume it is an out-patient surgery but that it takes a long time to recover.

Has anyone ever had a hernia before?

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I had an umbilical hernia repaired about 15 years ago. As I remember, I spent a night in the hospital. No big deal. They did it laproscroply (sp?)...small incision, tubes with manipulators on them, a layer of teflon covered mesh.

I remember the diagnosis involved some x-rays, but I think the primary thing was the surgeon poking me and saying "does it hurt when I do this?"

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http://www.healingbackpain.com/

I'm a huge believer in the mind/body connection. This guy, John Sarno, has literally cured thousands of people (including famous people such as Howard Stern, John Stossel, Anne Bancroft) of chronic, relenting back (and other body) pains.

What struck a chord with me is your post - how you were reassured by a professional that nothing was wrong, and your back pain disappeared - but then another pain surfaced. I'm not knocking your pain, because its real - its amazing how the mind can actually cause pain in different areas of the body - because this happened to me. I would have back pain, get xrays and be told nothing is wrong, and within a few weeks the pain would go away. Then something else would happen, my knee would suddenly hurt, or my shoulder would ache...back to the doctor, reassured nothing was wrong, and have ANOTHER different ache to replace the original complaint. Sarno discusses this at length in his books, he calls it the "symptom imperative", where symptoms shift from one body part to another.

I can safely say I've had no back pain in years thanks to this man, actually been pretty healthy, even though I'm getting older. If you've got an open mind, his books are the ones for you.

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http://www.healingbackpain.com/

I'm a huge believer in the mind/body connection. This guy, John Sarno, has literally cured thousands of people (including famous people such as Howard Stern, John Stossel, Anne Bancroft) of chronic, relenting back (and other body) pains.

What struck a chord with me is your post - how you were reassured by a professional that nothing was wrong, and your back pain disappeared - but then another pain surfaced. I'm not knocking your pain, because its real - its amazing how the mind can actually cause pain in different areas of the body - because this happened to me. I would have back pain, get xrays and be told nothing is wrong, and within a few weeks the pain would go away. Then something else would happen, my knee would suddenly hurt, or my shoulder would ache...back to the doctor, reassured nothing was wrong, and have ANOTHER different ache to replace the original complaint. Sarno discusses this at length in his books, he calls it the "symptom imperative", where symptoms shift from one body part to another.

I can safely say I've had no back pain in years thanks to this man, actually been pretty healthy, even though I'm getting older. If you've got an open mind, his books are the ones for you.

I think some pain can be in your mind,also sometimes its hard to find nerve damage.usually a hernia sometimes you can see a bump around your belly button and pain.You can try another methods but always have a medical back up
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usually a hernia sometimes you can see a bump around your belly button and pain.

There is a bit of lump on the left side of my rib cage where the pain is at. But it has been there for months with absolutely no pain. I was almost thinking it was a bit of a love handle that was forming but it was only on just one side of my body.

It has been there for months but I don't remember it being there past that. About 18 months ago I had x-rays done as a precaution for a surgery (septoplasty and tonsillectomy). Since my doctor looked at it, I assume that nothing was there because he had to okay it before the surgeon could have the surgery.

There is no pain on the lump/bump itself. The pain is just above the belly button and then a couple of inches above the belly button and above and below that lump/bump.

Also, that part of my back and surrounding area has a bit of stiffness.

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There is a bit of lump on the left side of my rib cage where the pain is at. But it has been there for months with absolutely no pain. I was almost thinking it was a bit of a love handle that was forming but it was only on just one side of my body.

It has been there for months but I don't remember it being there past that. About 18 months ago I had x-rays done as a precaution for a surgery (septoplasty and tonsillectomy). Since my doctor looked at it, I assume that nothing was there because he had to okay it before the surgeon could have the surgery.

There is no pain on the lump/bump itself. The pain is just above the belly button and then a couple of inches above the belly button and above and below that lump/bump.

Also, that part of my back and surrounding area has a bit of stiffness.

My wife has had one for years and it bothers her but she is stubborn and won't have the surgery.I would get a mri to ease your mind.Hernia's are pretty common and can affect other areas just from the swelling there's only so much room in there.I would go back for follow up'
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I agree with jjgross, get the exam/mri done for the hernia, they are nothing to play with. A hernia is the result of the tearing of stomach muscles. My mother had one that she never had taken care of and what ended up happening is her intestines ended up wraveling around themselves and she almost died from it. When they do the surgery, they put a mesh in there to help support the muscle since there is a good chance that it can happen again if you don't take care of yourself. GL and I hope it's not a hernia. :)

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