I can track my annual running, on the injuries I received (pathetic I know.)
Last year was my Plantar Fasciitis.
The year before? Pulled Calf muscles.
The year before? Hernia surgery (open, not laproscopic.)
So why do I bring this up? Well, on Weds. I was sitting on the couch coughing – and suddenly felt a pain in my left groin-area. As the day went on – the pain was very reminiscent of a pain that I had felt – 3 years ago. In fact, it reminded me EXACTLY of how I felt 3 years ago.
This got me wondering, is it possible, via extreme (either in force, or in amounts) coughing to rip apart an inguinal hernia repair using mesh – 2 to 3 years after surgery. This caused me to turn to the old stand-by. Google. The interesting thing is how hard it is to find any information on this. It seems that if you put in the appropriate key words, it will bring up many articles on folks that had coughing bring their Hernia to light, or help a previously existing hernia start to hurt more. I found ONE link that was on this – and it was someone who had the same concern. However, after a couple of weeks – the pain subsided, so they came to the assumption that they had not “ripped” the repair out.
My brother-in-law, is both a Paramedic and a Corpsman in the United States Navy, and happens to be down for a visit. He felt it was unlikely that it was ripped out, and thought that a) it would be excruciating, not just the standard hernia pain and b) There would be serious internal bleeding.
At this point, I am going to be waiting and seeing what happens pain wise. With being at a reasonably new job (in a new area), I don’t exactly have the sick time for surgery. Especially after using up all of the sick time I DID have on the flu-like symptoms. Oh, and I don’t have a primary doctor that I can go to yet either. Might be time to remedy that.
I suppose on a good note – if I do have a hernia, this year I found out in time to NOT register for the MCM, so I will save some money by not paying for a marathon I can’t run.