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jayhawkjjayhawk Posts: 1,032
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:42 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am 3 1/2 weeks post 360 L4-5 fusion and I have been experiencing abdominal pain that is low on the left side and under my insicion. In addition, I have had some nausea, sharp stabbing pain and last night woke up with intense pain all deep and low on the left side.

I now have a 3:00 CST appointment with my internal medicine as I have the classic signs for a inguinal hernia.....

During the PT today we had to stop, I was rowing and all was good until the 2nd to the last rep of 30, I got sharp stabbing pain, the kind that takes your air away and tears in your eyes....She iced it and wants to put me on hold until we know what's going on.

Gosh, I hope this turns out to be nothing......:(


  • I'll be praying for you. I know that feeling of desperation. It seems like we take alot of backward steps during recovery.
  • I'm so sorry you are having this pain.Weren't you having some swelling issues near the incision and did you ever get that resolved? What kind of rowing are you doing in PT? Just doesn't even sound like something I could be doing in a weeks time. I hope everything is all right, you certainly don't need any other complications. Hang in there, just another speed bump! Lynette
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  • You are in my prayers , please keep us posted..; )
  • I am so very sorry you are having all this trouble, I hope they figure out what is going on and get you fixed right away. Thinking about you and praying for you. Hope you are ok hon!

  • Sending positive vibes and anti-hernia vibes.
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  • well my doc is worried and thinks it is highly suspicious for a hernia. So, I see the general surgeon tomorrow. Most likely this is what it has been all along, I just thought the pain was coming from the insicion until yesterday.

    PT is now on hold as this has to be fixed first. Lynette I was doing the rowing with my arms only and with very minimal weight, maybe 10 pounds. My surgeon has a very specific protocal that he sends to the therapists. I was going to start aquatics today~if I had, we wouldn't have realized this.

    The risk of not getting this fixed in time, is the hernia could "strangle" the intestine.

    Evidently, it is uncommon in women, but when they do see it, it is in cases like this, post abdmominal surgery! ugh, so frustrated. and the pain is intense!!!

    Thank you for the prayers and support! Shari
  • Wow an inguinal hernia in a woman is rare. I have never heard of one. I know that it is really common in men because before they are born the testes are in the abdominal cavity and they lower. It is at this area that men are susceptible for developing them. I hope everything is okay for you. That's all you need right now. I know during my pre-op labs my urine showed calcium oxalate in it. I freaked cause I have had 8 kidney stones. And that is what they are made out of. They are the worse pain I have ever felt.
    I will keep you in my prayers!!!

  • Tonya, she did say they are rare in women, but when you see it, it's offen following and abdomenal insicion. With the pain meds and anesthesia creates constipation/straining.....ugh, I am so bummed!

    I have heard from OB/GYN's that kidney stones are more painful than labor.....ugh!

    Thank you for thinking of me! Shari
  • I hope all goes well if you need surgery for your abdominal hernia. Thinking positive thoughts and prayers for you. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,745
    Bummer! I'm hoping it is something much less serious. I had a "puss pocket" infection that hurt after surgery, and hurt much more with exercise. It was treatable w/ Keflex antibiotics. That would be far better.
    Good luck, Jim :)))
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