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Burning pain in lower abdomen - Hernia?? Burning pain in lower abdomen - Hernia??

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Unread 05-15-2002, 03:43 PM
Burning pain in lower abdomen - Hernia??

I am almost 8 weeks post op. I am experiencing an intense burning pain near my incision when I twist, turn or try to get up from a setting or laying position. Thanks to your advise on my last posting I went to see my Dr. today. She suspects I have a hernia on my incision line and is sending me to a surgeon. (A pulled muscle has not been ruled out.) I have to wait another 2 weeks before I see a surgeon. The pain is so intense at times I yell out before I know what I am doing. Have any of you experienced this kind of pain, what was the outcome? Any ideas on relieving the pain (my doctor said she would rather not give me any medicine until I see the surgeon). Please advise.
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Unread 05-15-2002, 06:52 PM
Burning pain in lower abdomen - Hernia??

Ouch! Did you feel anything pop at any time? I know it's tough being in pain, but I think doc doesn't want you to be on a pain killer and maybe do something worse to it in the meantime. You may pull it worse and not know because of the medication.

Try cold therapy, ice packs to numb the area temporarily, and you might ask him if ibuprophen would be ok. The area is probably inflammed and that adds to the pain.

Hope you feel better soon.
Unread 05-15-2002, 07:09 PM
Burning pain in lower abdomen - Hernia??

I had that several weeks after surgery. It turned out to be a nerve that had been severed. Heat helped immensly-BUT I don't know how it would affect a hernia so please ASK you dr before you apply it.
Without heat, I would've gone back to the hospital. It was SOOOOOOOOO bad! No meds worked, I wanted to be put out till it passed!
Perhaps this will be all it is and you will feel better soon!
Wishing you luck on your surgeon visit! Stay as quiet as you can!
Be aware of your body movements. Wear something to remind you to not twist etc.,.. if you have to!
Please let me know how you are!
Lots of love!
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Unread 05-15-2002, 07:37 PM
Burning pain in lower abdomen - Hernia??

Wow, I'm so sorry to hear about that! I noticed a slight burning sensation at one end of my incision today (my first full day back to work) but I assumed it was part of the whole "nerve endings healing" thing. Anyway, it was slight and tolerable, especially after 3 Tylenol.

I wish I could offer some suggestions. I'm assuming that Ibuprofen or Tylenol doesn't help.
Unread 05-20-2002, 06:00 AM

Hi! I had a complete hysterectomy on 12-03-01 and I had nothing but trouble. My stomache stuck out so much I looked like I was 4 months pregnant 2 months after my surgery AND I was in a lot of pain. It was like a burning. My OB-GYN just said, "Oh, I am surprised your stomache is still so swollen. Maybe the lymph nodes are swollen or clogged. I can refer to a surgeon in a year if the swelling hasn't gone down to have the scar tissue removed." She said she was baffled. I was referred to a lymphodema specialist (Physical therapist) who had me wearing tight fitting clothing and a binder at night. She said though she was surprised I was sent to her because she only handled people who have had lumph nodes removed due to cancer and it was always in a limb, not the abdomen. (And, I had no lymph nodes removed and I didn't have cancer). Well, I was in so much pain, I called my family docter who sent me over to our hospital here in town and they did a cat scan and that determined that the whole problem was a hernia. So, I was then referred to a surgeon for the hernia repair and also, a plastic surgeon for an abdominalplasty (tummy tuck) for 'organ support', not cosmetic reasons. Well, I had that all done 05-08-02. Both surgeons said the hernia was a mess and that it was good thing they realized that was the problem. Glad you have an appt with a surgeon. Please let me know how it goes. And, take it easy until you go in. You don't want to make it worse. I found out the hard way. Now, I can FINALLY recup and hopefully, feel good and back to my old self soon. take care. Susie [email protected]
Unread 05-20-2002, 06:12 AM

oops!!! I forgot to tell you that the docter prescribed Darvocet for the most part and Vicoden when I was really in a lot of pain. I never had to take the Vicoden that much. The Darvocet helped tremendously, but, I can't imagine not having something to help ease the pain.
Unread 05-20-2002, 08:15 AM
Burning pain in lower abdomen...

I too have some occasional burning pain in my lower right abdomenal area. I have been recovering just 4 weeks and first noticed the pain when I was sleeping. I believe that I was dreaming that I was heavy hitting the break pedal of my car and woke up in severe pain! I've got to stop having those busy highway nightmares. I don't know if I ripped something inside or not, but the pain went away after a few minutes. Since then I have had similar rips of searing pain, again when I am sleeping. I see my doctor this afternoon for my first post-op visit and will ask him about this. I hope your problem is easily repaired.
Unread 05-20-2002, 08:27 AM
Burning pain in lower abdomen - Hernia??

I thought I was going crazy! I have had the exact same thing for about 1 1/2 weeks. The pain I have is on the left near incision line. No meds help at all!! Since nothing helps, I don't take anything anymore. It burns constantly and the intensity of the pain rates right up there with what I was feeling the day after my surgery. Heat helped for the first couple of days, but only until I removed the heating pad - then back with a vengeance!! I have my first post op appt tomorrow and believe me - this will definitely be the main topic of conversation!! I sure hope you feel better soon because I feel your pain girl! Let us know what they say.
Unread 05-20-2002, 11:23 AM

I just posted on the post op site about the fact that it looks like I have an incisional hernia..I am sorry you have to wait 2 weeks.

I called the surgeon this morning and I am going Wednesday morning..I did tell them the Dr's name that referred me, don't know if that helps or not.

If you think you have a hernia, the advice is NOT to use heat as it can make it swell more..

I am not in as much pain as you are, my hernia must be small, but I can definitely palpatate it..I do have pain, but mostly late in the day and when I bend down..or if my pants rest against my stomach near my incision..

Sheesh..just when I thought I was over everything!!

Hope you can hang in there another week, take care.
Unread 05-21-2002, 12:43 PM
Burning pain temporary, but normal

I met with my doctor about the burning pain that occasionally hits on the right side of my incision. Dr thought this may be due to the internal stitches pulling on the muscles inside or some scar tissue. IN my case there was also more tumors cut out on my right side and the Dr did more cauterizing, hence there may be more scar tissue. He did an internal exam and I didn't feel any pain so he ruled out a hernia in my case. I intend to keep a diary of the times I feel the pain so I'll have more data to give the Dr in the future. I don't know if anyone else is keeping a written log of their problems but my Dr has been happy when I present my concerns on a written calendar of events.

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