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    I have had pain for the past three years following lithotripsy for kidney stones in both kidneys. I have been put on antibiotics, spasm meds, amitriptyline and cymbalta for nerve pain, had physical therapy..but still have intermittent pain, especially with bowel movements or sitting too long or being on my feet too long. I had a normal colonoscopy. At this point I am grasping at straws and am thinking that a hernia may be the reason for the pain. I have excruciating stabbing groin pain and lower back pain, as well as pain on my upper thigh and lower abdominal aching. If this sounds like a possible hernia please let me know.

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    Those symptoms certainly could correspond to a hernia, although I am not sure if the lower back pain would be related. I am sure you have asked a doctor to evaluate you for one, right? It will come down to a physical exam, clinical judgement, an ultrasound, and potentially an MRI to issue a diagnosis. Some are obvious, others, not so much. Your best bet is to be evaluated. Just ask your doctor you want to be checked for a hernia. If they give you a clean bill of health, but you still have doubts, then ask to see a general surgeon, who will likely be more skilled at doing the same evaluation.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Herr87 View Post
      I have had pain for the past three years following lithotripsy for kidney stones in both kidneys. I have been put on antibiotics, spasm meds, amitriptyline and cymbalta for nerve pain, had physical therapy..but still have intermittent pain, especially with bowel movements or sitting too long or being on my feet too long.
      Is the pain similar to the pain before the lithotripsy? Maybe you had two conditions at the same time. In other words, the pain might not be related to the lithotripsy.

      If your medical plan allows it try to find a specialist in hernias. Beware the possibility of getting a "repair" for a hernia that does not exist though. Mesh implantation is very popular and very close to being used in a prophylactic manner.

      https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/lithotripsy

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      • #4
        The pain before was severe back pain like with kidney stones. This pain is more stabbing and pinching. No doctor has ever suggested the possibility of a hernia but it seems I have every possible symptom. I will request to get an MRI. I was just curious if I was correct in thinking that it is a possibility.

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        • #5
          the most important next step is to determine the etiology of your pain. Work with your local doctors to get a thorough examination, blood tests, and imaging.
          Bill Brown MD

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          • #6
            It’s worth looking at hernia as possibility of pain.
            #ItsNotJustAHernia
            www.BeverlyHillsHerniaCenter.com

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