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Comment from: pat m., 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 25

I experienced symptoms of acid reflux in my 30s, constantly. Doctor said it was hiatal hernia. I took Tagamet/Prevacid for 20 plus years. The medicines stopped working five years ago and I was put on Nexium. It works, but sometimes I have to take a second dose before sleep. I was told it was probably congenital, but I have a feeling it was self-induced by strenuous exercise during obstacle course as I felt the muscle pull or break-in pain for almost a week. It could be both congenital and induced by physical exertion, unknown. I don't want surgery unless necessary. So I am trying herbal remedies to increase circulation and do moderate exercise. Time will tell if this works; surgery is a last resort.

Comment from: carol, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I have a protruding area in my groin area. It is painful and very tender to the touch. I have been recently leaking urine at times out of the blue.

Comment from: alapahagirl, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 29

I've had problems with constipation most of my life. I had a pathologic hip fracture at age 11 and was in a body cast for six months, requiring enemas every other day. I'm 75 now and I have had multiple health problems including a nephrectomy 12 years ago for renal cancer. I have pretty bad arthritis, with a really bad back. I've had both knees replaced, but have declined back surgery. I'm unable to take NSAIDs due to the loss of a kidney, so I see a pain doctor and take Vicodin for my back. Anyway, all of this leads to more constipation. I do take stool softeners, not every day, but this seems to be too much.

Published: April 26

My 11-year-old son awoke at 2 a.m. with severe pain which he said was in his testicles. There was apparent swelling in his pubic region. I took him to the doctor the next morning and he was sent straight to hospital for surgical consult and ultrasound. A hernia was diagnosed and emergency surgery was performed that afternoon.

Comment from: Ttiur, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

I am a 55 year old female. I had twelve inches removed from my large intestines when I was 37 years old. I felt a pain at my shoulder blade and discovered that I was a torn intestine and fluid was in my abdominal cavity which pushed everything up to my shoulder. There's some name for it, but I can't think of it. That was the beginning. After that I had a hernia from the surgical site. Then I had another and another until I've had a total of six "fixed" hernias. They used mesh every time. NOW, after a hysterectomy and gall bladder removal I have a hernia that's larger than a soft ball that hangs from my right abdomen. It is ugly. It is painful. And three very good specialists tell me it is too dangerous to fix. My intestines are almost visible through the hernia wall. The outer skin is different than my other skin. It seems thinner and gets lots of ulcers from rubbing on my clothing. It also gets bleeders, which is what I call them. One little vein starts bleeding. I have been to a specialist just for the ulcers on my hernia. He prescribed an ointment of painkiller mixed with the stuff they put on burn victims sores. Only one pharmacist in town will mix it. The surgeons said if I would rather go back to size 16 from the 3X I have to wear now or risk dying in surgery it was up to me. I just went out and bought a bunch of 3X clothes.

Comment from: sylvia, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 08

With my hernia, I had extreme groin pain with difficulty walking.

Comment from: andi, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 08

I had pain similar to indigestion, located under my left breast. I had frequent bowel movements, starting from every hour increasing to 15 minute intervals. These movements were hard little balls, which is not typical for me. The pain was stabbing and sharp and increased in intensity as time went on.

Comment from: sue, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 01

My fiance' was shoveling snow and later that night noticed a small lump, sore to the touch. The next day he shoveled the car out and came in all out of breath and the snow was slushy and heavy. Since then it has grown 3-4 times the size it started and does not go back in at all. He's in a lot of pain, but worried. He has no insurance to have surgery. The lump is huge now and is extremely painful now! It is right where your leg bends and toward the inner thigh.

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