Good Evening Gene,
It would help us give you more pertinent advice if you altered your signature with some stats.
I have had 8 major surgeries, 6 abdominal. After my spleenectomy (1977 car wreck - hit by DWI driver in a van...), I got the dry heaves and got a hernia (below the skin) from that.
There is no way to tell if you've done any real damage. Perhaps the physician can tell.
I can only suggest you take warm showers, walk, take Acetemetophene (Tylenol - as aspirin and ibuprofin cause bleeding.), and TAKE IT EASY UNTIL THE PAIN GOES AWAY.
Oh yes, and don't do it again....
If you have a hernia and it is not hidden by body fat, you will be able to feel it.
Be careful and don't let it get constricted. If it protrudes, lie down and work it back in carefully.
Then get medical attention by the next day at least. Go to the emergency room if it stays out.
More than likely, you have strained some of those internal sutures from where the vas deferens, seminal vessicals, etc. were removed.
I am on week nine and an hour ago just lifted a lot of 40 lb. cases of fruit and vegetables at work.
However, I have CAREFULLY been doing calculated calesthenics to work up to this since week 3. At week 4, I lifted nothing heavier than 15 pounds. At week 8 I lifted just a few 40 pound cases and was exhausted for days.
Everyone is different. It is my left side (where the da Vinci tools could not get through the adhesions from the spleenectomy and the subsequent incisional hernia repair) that is tender and hurts when I do too much.
NOTE, my 60 to 80 hour per week job of 30 years has always involved this kind of work.
I too feel the loss of strength and occasional few days of abdominal pain (The worst was not from lifting but bending inside my car when cleaning the floorboard.)
My doctor's advice has been - if it hurts, don't do it. He says it scares him when his patients are working sooner than 3 months - and lifting anything substantial before 6 months.
He also feels my continued incontinence (while walking and lifting...) is directly related to my activity level.
My feelings are that being continent and sedentary is not my goal. I've got the sitting still and reclining stuff under control!
I am also avoiding taking disability pay as a job-opportunity/promotion came up at week 4 when I went back to work.
Sometimes I feel a little foolish as I ask the petite 20 year old young lady that works for me to lift the 30 pound cases for me.
Better to feel foolish than to feel pain!
Take it easy. If you feel a hernia or the pain doesn't get better after a day or two of taking it easy, go to the doctor, regardless!
Holding you in good thoughts. Keep your spirits ups. ;-)