So I have one! How come I was never informed about it coming? Could I have prevented it? Now what do I need to know?
Will it get bigger and bigger? Will I wind up in the hospital because of it eventually? Will I sneeze one day and rupture it and make it bigger and cause an emergency?
These are all good questions and I have and no answers.
Here is my short story about my life long buddy “Hairy the Hernia”……….this is all I know about it, ……. not much.
First off it was a surprise to me when I realized I had this. “Lump” on my belly. It came so slow and without any strange feelings. No pain or anything, it just showed up uninvited. This happened about 10 months after I had my (urostomy) bladder and a number of other things removed to save my life over 10 years ago. (I guess you can tell the operation was a success.) The somewhat concerning thing is, over the last nine years it has slowly grown to the size of a half of a large grapefruit. It gets more difficult to hide it with loose clothes. I’m getting a bit lop-sided. I really don’t mind it as it seldom turns out to be in the way or any such thing. I still work out most every day and it doesn’t appear to mind it…..we must have an arrangement of some kind….don’t hurt me and I won’t hurt you! I was still under the care of my surgeon, and he said “That’s no problem, just don’t get fat.” I haven’t.
I have a few hernia belts, but for the life of me, I can’t find any information which says they are of any real value. There appears to be no scientific proof they do anything, except in my case, I feel mort secure wearing it. I always wear it the day I change my appliance (pouch) as I think it makes it adhere better than if I don’t wear one. However, these belts were not designed for comfort so I usually don’t last the whole day wearing it.
Let me ( and the rest of us) hear from any of you who know more than I do about hernias and belts and the like. I would like to learn more for my future so I know what is going to happen. Thanks for any help in advance.