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    I have been in pain for about 20 years. I have had a umbilical hernia repaired about 15 years ago. Iíve had a colonoscopy and endoscopy recently with a small hiatal hernia of 1 cm present. An MRI and CT scan done with no indication of a hernia. Iíve tried nerve blocks with no success. Iíve seen about 50 doctors about this. They all tell me thereís nothing they can do for me. They say I have diastasis recti. I believe I have a hernia above my umbilical that they canít see. I canít even blow up a balloon. Itís to painful. I canít talk loud, sing or yell without having pain and feeling nauseous. I like to stay active as I am a 42 year old male father of two. Iím physically fit but canít do a lot of exercises due to my condition. I asked for my surgeons to please at least look inside through exploratory surgery. But they will not. The doctors are not taking me seriously. Iím looking for the best hernia specialist out there. I waiting for a referral to clear for an ultrasound. But if anyone has any advise Iím all ears. My 5 year old daughter asked me to read her a book the other night. But it brings on way to much pain. I always have to have my wife read to her. The pain is getting worse. I need help. Thank you

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    You said the repair was 15 years ago, but the pain has been 20 years. Do you think that the pain is the same, exactly, and that all of the procedures since then have had no effect, good or bad? Might be easy to get distracted by the other procedures, and the doctors might be defending the procedures that have been done, not realizing that the original cause of the pain was never fixed. Was the umbilical hernia fixed because of the pain or for some other reason?

    Good luck.

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    • #3
      The original pain was after I was lifting weights. I was straining really hard. But the doctors told me I just pulled a muscle. Or they would just tell me it was gas pains. So I managed not aggravate it by not straining to hard or not yelling to loud. But one day after doing jump rope the pain was there constantly. Thatís when a doctor said I had an umbilical hernia. They fixed it but the pain was the same. I feel I tore my Linea Alba because there pain above and below my belly button and it gets hard sometimes. I feel like my insides have so much pressure on the abdominal wall that I canít lay on my side because itís painful and it feels like my insides want to fall out. I have a ultrasound scheduled for tomorrow. Hopefully they find something.

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      • #4
        My stomach pouches out around my belly button. Even when Iím skinny my abdominal area doesnít quite look right. I think I have and epigastric hernia but itís not showing up on the images. Itís really frustrating.

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        • #5
          DrBrown might have some thoughts. He works on professional athletes.

          Was the umbilical hernia repair done with mesh or suture? Since you have a "pooch" it might be that you've had a recurrence. Surprising that your doctors refuse to deal with your problem but it seems to be a trend in the profession, generally. My cynicism. If your problem isn't on the list, with a code attached to it, they don't want to deal with it. Hopefully things will swing back to a more patient-focused system.

          Good luck.

          Chaney

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          • #6
            Itís funny you should say that. I recently had a pain management doctor tell me that the surgeons around here are well fed and donít need to take my business. I tried to get the report from kaiser but they donít go back that far to tell me if itís mesh or not. But tomorrow I will get an ultrasound done maybe they can see something. Thank you for your help itís much appreciated. I really need to get to the bottom of this. The pain wakes me up throughout the night. Itís really starting to effect my everyday life now.
            Last edited by Chaney; 1 week ago.

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            • #7
              Chaney
              Please post of photo of the region around the belly button.
              In the future be sure to keep a personal record of your medical care.
              I agree with Good Intentions that it would be helpful to know if you have mesh.
              Regards.
              Bill Brown MD

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              • #8
                Sound like you have a small hernia that is not rerouted in imaging. If you have a diastasis that complicates the situation a small bit.

                I recommend re review of your imaging. I read the images myself as radiologists May miss small hernias.

                if you’d like to see me in person or send me your images and records via online consultation I’m happy to help solve this puzzle. You can contact my office to set this up. I don’t know why you haven’t had this resolved. It sounds like an obvious abdominal wall issue.
                #ItsNotJustAHernia
                www.BeverlyHillsHerniaCenter.com

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