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#1 Bliss149

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 09:31 PM

Hi everyone,

I have this very large lump in my belly..(and no it can't be a baby!) It's slightly on my right side and about midway down my abdomen.

And it's really big...like grapefruit-ish size. You can feel it and you can even see it. Aren't hernia's usually much smaller than that? It doesn't hurt at all and I'm otherwise doing pretty well.

I have noticed when I sneeze real hard it seems like something kind of jumps around in that area. Like there's something loose. Weird, huh?

I scheduled an appt with my GI but just wondering if anyone else has had anything like this.

Thanks in advance!
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#2 rdollen

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 09:34 PM

My hernia was the size of a grapefruit. They found it when doing my rny
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#3 Bliss149

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 04:56 AM

And no pain or discomfort with it?
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#4 rdollen

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 11:07 AM

I never knew I had it. They found it when they were doing my RNY. It explains alot of issues. I had a chronic cough, heartburn. google the symptoms og hiatal hernia and you will find all of the signs. I had not pain from it. The RNY and hernia repair were done at teh same sime along with some hole repair to my espophogus and I had discomfort only (not pain) for less than a week. I felt great after a few days.
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Posted 10 March 2010 - 12:21 PM

Can you tell where the lump is in relation to your abdominal wall? If it is in the fatty layer outside or feel like it is pushed through. If it is the latter (abdominal hernia) you should be able to push on it and make it recede back through the wall a little. If it is on the outside of the wall, it may just be a fatty mass (I had one of these about the size of an egg...went away on it's own).

Also, a hiatal hernia is different from an abdominal hernia. In a hiatal hernia the stomach is pushing through the diaphragm muscle into the chest area.
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Posted 10 March 2010 - 01:35 PM

I had a moveable 'lump' for months just near my bellybutton, about the size of a satsuma. The doctors really investigated it, x-ray, scan with dye thingy, even an ultrasound. But they couldnt find anything. It used to hurt a bit if I did too much, like a pulling pain though. They decided it was fatty tissue 'caught up' from where I had lost weight. It went away on its own eventually!
I think its always best to get these things checked out though!



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#7 Bliss149

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Posted 19 April 2010 - 07:08 PM

Just a follow-up here. Had this checked out a while back and it's a hernia. My GI doc said that the bigger ones tend to actually be less problematic than the little ones which get a little piece of bowel in them and cause BIG problems.

He said if I ever got a really bad stomachache to go to the ER and be sure and tell them about the hernia, because otherwise they might miss it.

But since it's not bothering me, he said he'd just leave it be for now. He says they fix them with this mesh which a lot of people can feel and do not like. Maybe if I get a tummy tuck later, I'll get it fixed then.

I can SEE it though...I call it my baby bump, which my husband does not find at all funny.
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Posted 20 April 2010 - 03:20 AM

But since it's not bothering me, he said he'd just leave it be for now. He says they fix them with this mesh which a lot of people can feel and do not like. Maybe if I get a tummy tuck later, I'll get it fixed then.

I had the mesh done with my hernia repair (abdominoplasty). I have not had any problems with it at all. I did not really have the option of waiting, but if I did I would have pushed my insurance to also have the extra skin removed (panniculectomy). Good Luck.
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