Hernia and back pain

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dreamer06
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   Posted 2/5/2013 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had an abdominal hernia around my ostomy for over a year. In the past 3 months I have had bad back pain. I have been working out, doing yoga, taking pain meds, and heat. I have been to a doctor but they didn't even examine me and told me it would go away on its own. I was wondering if anyone has had back pain from a hernia? Can a hernia cause back pain? I keep trying to strengthen my ab muscles but with a hernia I don't think I can really strengthen the left side very well. I really need some help and/ or advice.

Lucky lass
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   Posted 2/5/2013 2:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a hernia the size of a orange on my right side it used to give a dragging pain but I found wearing a support garment took the pain away I used to get back pain on and off but think it was more from my blocked swollen colon than my hernia .
Good luck lucky

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   Posted 2/5/2013 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I am a physical therapist by profession.

Yes . . . a hernia can contribute to back pain. The out-pouching of a hernia can change the biomechanics between the abdomen and back. Not dissimilar to pregnancy and its effects on the back, but to a lesser extend.

Perhaps a referral to a physical therapist for evaluation and an individualized program?

A hernia support garment (as suggested above) is also a good consideration. Spandex under ware also can help reduce a hernia and its effects.

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Extensive perforation due to corticosteroids, ileostomy Sept-10
Small intestine recurrent ileus, Feb-12

mrsbugzy
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   Posted 2/7/2013 10:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Dreamer...
Thank you so much for posting this question.. and to those that answered, thank you too! My doctor was making me feel crazy for just this reason. My back is KILLING me.. and I have a hernia..
Dreamer, does it also really hurt when you sleep on your back? Not my back, but it hurts my stomach.. like to the point where I want to vomit.. just curious.
Have a great night all.. good luck Dreamer
Gluten intolerance, gluten free for 10+ years,
hypothyroidism for 20+ years (family history)
total colectomy with ileo rectal anastomosis 1/12
Mom of 10 year old with chronic kidney issues
Had grapefuit sized ovarian cyst entangled with remaining good intestine removed :(

dreamer06
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   Posted 2/8/2013 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I get really bad back pain at night, but it is stiff and sometimes unbearable during the day. I haven't had stomach pains. I have seen two GP's and they wont even examine me, they just said give it time, its been over 3 months. I don't know what to do anymore.
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cavachon
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   Posted 2/10/2013 12:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I am new to this awebsite.  I have had a parastomal hernia for about 2 years now that has become larger.  I believe that it is causing my back pain at times and the surgeon said that it was possible too.

mrsbugzy
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   Posted 2/10/2013 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   
How much trouble do you have to have before they "fix" it??? The last time I had to see the surgeon because we thought there was a blockage, he said we'd fix it "eventually"... what the hell does that mean????
Gluten intolerance, gluten free for 10+ years,
hypothyroidism for 20+ years (family history)
total colectomy with ileo rectal anastomosis 1/12
Mom of 10 year old with chronic kidney issues
Had grapefuit sized ovarian cyst entangled with remaining good intestine removed :(

dreamer06
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   Posted 2/12/2013 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I know what you mean. I always get that answer eventually. It is really frustrating because it feels like they aren't taking you seriously.

cavachon
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   Posted 2/12/2013 9:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been told by the surgeon that it is time to fix the hernia since it has become larger. He said he would do it with laparoscopy type surgery using mesh patches. Unfortunately this type of hernia is harder to fix than non parastomal hernias. What experiences have people had with fixing parastomal hernias? I have also moved to a new area and am seeing new doctors which adds to the anxiety of the surgery. Thanks for any info

mrsbugzy
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   Posted 2/14/2013 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry, I am unfamiliar with the difference in hernias..other than hyatial (my son has one), and I have an umbilical hernia? All I know is that it is painful, and they just keep telling me that people can live forever with hernias.. and it may be fixed eventually...all so frustrating..
Gluten intolerance, gluten free for 10+ years,
hypothyroidism for 20+ years (family history)
total colectomy with ileo rectal anastomosis 1/12
Mom of 10 year old with chronic kidney issues
Had grapefuit sized ovarian cyst entangled with remaining good intestine removed :(

KCookie
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   Posted 3/7/2013 10:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad I stumbled on this thread. I've been wondering if others get back pain from their parastomal hernias. My husband got the same answer from his surgeon. "So what. You have a hernia. We'll fix it later when we do the jpouch or perm end ileo." In the meantime, he just pops it back in place all the time. Stress, stress, stress....
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???

JillOtt
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   Posted 3/11/2013 6:13 PM (GMT -7)   
What experiences have people had with fixing parastomal hernias?

I had my fixed in 2010, mine was the size of a graprefruit and needed a mesh closure and relocation of the ileostomy from the right to the left because I have Crohns and it is quite common for Crohns to restart at the mesh closure....

It was like having the ileostomy done again for the first time. New site, new pouches... central cut to fix hernia and closure of the old ostomy site. The surgery was tough to put it lighly but well worth it
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