diagnosing a hernia at the stoma site

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   Posted 2/7/2011 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
hi all,
 
i've been having pain since saturday at noon, its just near the stoma, at the right bottom, feels like something is a bit not in place and it hurts when i touch it. i push it in and that helps with the pain, but the pain comes back. i tried to ignore it for these last couple of days, cuz i thought maybe it's nothing and will go away, but it keeps coming back. i'm just so scared it might be a hernia sad
 
how do drs diagnose if there's a hernia at the stoma area? does it usually require a finger check of the surgeon into the stoma? (i just can't stand it when they do that smhair and it also makes my stoma sink inside and causes leaks every couple days at the first week after the stoma was examined)

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   Posted 2/7/2011 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Good question...I had the same one.  And what causes it?  I think I did a little too much this weekend (yes it was stupid to be shoveling snow when I'm only supposed to be lifting 10 pounds).  Mine hurts too, but in a different way from when I wasn't getting a good seal.  I thought maybe I pulled something???  I know nothing about hernias so I am curious, too.

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   Posted 2/7/2011 12:28 PM (GMT -6)   
i'm wondering too if maybe b/c i've been helping my SIL in the last 3 weeks watching over my 1 yr old nephew for few hrs, which is picking him up a lot and exhausting and maybe that's what caused it..?

how much time is it since your surgery. if it hasn't been 3 mons yet, then pls be careful, no snow shoveling etc.
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   Posted 2/7/2011 1:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, 5 weeks from today. I have been scolded by my husband and I have promised not to do any more lifting.

My doctor told me I shouldn't lift anything over 15 pounds until my reversal. I would think picking up a one year old would be difficult. Hopefully someone will chime in.
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   Posted 2/7/2011 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
5 weeks post op is def too early to do snow shoveling nono   pls be careful and don't do anything like that again.
 
i'm 7 mons post op, so i don't know why i should have problems lifting??
 
anyways, i just asked a surgeon in a forum and he sais (i was lucky he just logged in yeah ) that they don't have to if i'm really scared of it, but  a finger check into the stoma can really help with the diagnosis of hernia.
 
i think i just won't do anything about it for now, cuz it's not that bad.

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   Posted 2/7/2011 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
i doubt picking up a year old 7 months out from surgery would cause a hernia, unless the baby weighs like 70 pounds,lol. But it can take a year or longer for the stomach muscles to heal all the way and then they still won't be as strong as before, unless you do some work on them.

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   Posted 2/8/2011 4:19 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks summer. what kind of work should i do on my stomach muscles?
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