Incarcerated Hernia

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desertsun01
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   Posted 6/16/2013 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Had emergency surgery  3 days ago for an incarcerated hernia.Guess I've had my head in the sand since my ileostomy in Nov. 2012 because I had NO IDEA such a thing could happen.  Now I'm hearing that it isn't unusual for someone with a stoma to eventually get this type of hernia.
 
Please share your stories with me cause I am still in shock that this even happened.
UC for 5 years - Diagnosed at age 54-now age 61
Pancolitis
Remicade for 13 months before Remicade failed in April 2011
No significant relief with Imuran and Humira
Too much prednisone and now have bone loss
Proctocolectomy with end ileostomy and anal closure on November 8, 2012
Currently on the mend and doing well.

A MUCH DIFFERENT LIFE AHEAD BUT HOPEFULLY A BETTER ONE

Mossmi33
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   Posted 6/16/2013 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Desertsun01- I hope your surgery went well and I'm sorry you ended up with a hernia.

I've researched the topic quite a bit lately and there is little research on the topic other than when you have an ostomy, the muscles of the abdominal wall are divided to bring the stoma to skin level. This compromises the abdominal wall and makes individuals with a stoma at risk of hernia, in which part of an internal organ projects through the abdominal wall.

Hernia's are prone to individuals with a weak abdominal core. A hernia can occur from as simple as a cough or sneeze. In other words, many times it cannot be prevented.

Just curious, do you know what you were doing when you first realized you had the hernia?

desertsun01
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Date Joined Oct 2011
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   Posted 6/16/2013 5:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Since my surgery in Nov2012 I've had 2 long episodes of cold, asthma and allergies. All produced coughing that lasted at least a month. I was worried about that coughing. Then about 3 months ago, I'd get this sharp pain across my stomache that would last a few minutes. I never connected the pain with a hernia and the pain would only last about 5 min.
UC for 5 years - Diagnosed at age 54-now age 61
Pancolitis
Remicade for 13 months before Remicade failed in April 2011
No significant relief with Imuran and Humira
Too much prednisone and now have bone loss
Proctocolectomy with end ileostomy and anal closure on November 8, 2012
Currently on the mend and doing well.

A MUCH DIFFERENT LIFE AHEAD BUT HOPEFULLY A BETTER ONE

Mossmi33
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Date Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts : 187
   Posted 6/16/2013 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   
desertsun01,
That sounds awful dealing with all that in addition to your Ileo surgery. I'm glad they did surgery to fix the hernia. Sometimes they just let them go but I'd rather have it taken care of. Hopefully it heals quick for you and you can get back to normal:)

answers4me2
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   Posted 6/16/2013 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Did you have any bulging or swelling? I have a parastomal hernia so I'm not sure what the difference is with what you have. I'm glad you got it fixed and are on the mend.

KCookie
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   Posted 6/19/2013 12:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry to hear about your hernia.  My husband has a parastomal hernia which gives him problems from time to time.  It pops out and can cause output to back-up.  He usually can pop it back it by bringing his knees to his chest and that relieves the pressure, but it's something we always have our eyes on.  Not sure how this compares to your hernia.
Wife of UC Dx 2007
18 months of failed meds; no remission
Colectomy with temp ileo 2009
Parastomal Hernia 2012--causing SBO
J pouch/hernia fix early 2013???
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