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Exercises with abdominal hernia?

Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:50 pm
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I Recently developed a parastomal hernia. Months prior to that, I was starting to work out more and more. I still walk daily, but, I would still like to do some strength training. Specifically, my arms. Are there any exercises I can do to strengthen my arms without putting any strain on my abdomen? I tried doing some, but, I can't help but feel there is some strain on my abdomen still. Thanks.

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Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:08 pm

hi from Baltimore.i have a sergecal hernia I’m weaighting to get smaller.but I don’t lift weaights with stoma.i do the tye che and isometrics iswing a sledgehammer like a sword 🗡 with the tyeche slow movement.and meditate.when they finish with you you now have to learn to watch not to hurt your and keeping moving every day will keep you long and prosper.kemo 

Sun Jun 24, 2018 1:05 am

Hello bukowski. With all types of exercise it's wise to take it in small steps to increase whatever you are doing. I've had my hernias from day one so they were not caused by anything untoward that I did. However, not wanting to aggravate them, over the years I have  gradually increased my activities (and worn hernia belts) until I can now do more or less what I used to do, including gradening and DIY (concreting etc.) which included heavy lifting. 

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Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:27 pm

I also do Tai Chi and Chi Qong. Good excercise without hurting yourself:)


Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:15 am

Hello friend I have the same as you and understand how you are feeling. If anyone gives you info on training without the strain please tell me and I'll do the same to you also. Stay healthy :) paul

Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:25 am

I have the same and I run 7 miles a day and workout at the gym, do sit ups and all. No issues 

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Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:49 pm

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Mon Nov 15, 2021 2:53 pm


My hernia developed over time. In an effort to keep it from getting bigger, my Doctor suggested I try physical therapy.

You have to be very careful what muscles you use - NO sit-ups. Maybe see if your Dr. will refer you.

I really don't want to have to start wearing an ostomy belt. I found underwear that have a wide spandex band that works great to support my hernia. They are made for women to hold in the tummy, but if you can get past that, you could try it. They come in black... Plus colors. Made by Jockey Life and I got them at Walmart

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