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Umbilical hernia from lifting

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January 26, 2020

36y, married 3 years, 1 child (2y) 6'3'' 220lbs

11 months of barbell training.

Squat 231, DL 308, BP 231, Pendlay row 198, OHP 143, Chinup +44lbs. (Reps)

So I got a fucking umbilical hernia. Recently when i finish workouts and after chugging down a protein shake, my bellybutton hurts and pops out. I press down on it and it gets back in a bit. However I can still feel it's there when I get in certain positions.

I have a doctors appoitment in a week.

So bassically I'm so fucking pissed at myself for letting this happen to me. Just when I started feeling stronger then ever and broke platoues on some of my lifts. I'm also frustrated by the fact that I probably need to stop lifting right now wich means stopping my progress and not having a place to go away from my wife. This also means shit tests could increase and attraction will decrease. So fucking pissed.

Anyone had any experience with hernias from lifting?

Edit: I apriciate the answers from you guys. You helped me change my perspective on this.

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Title Umbilical hernia from lifting
Author go-RED-go
Upvotes 11
Comments 30
Date 26 January 2020 08:55 PM UTC (1 year ago)
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[–]coachdad89 points10 points  (2 children) | Copy

Had a sports hernia last year which is a tear in my abs. Took 6 months to heal. Would've healed in 4 months but I kept lifting.

[–]go-RED-go[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

Have you modified your program? Weight decrease only or did you avoid some of the lifts completely?

[–]coachdad81 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Tried lifting lighter for months and it still hurt. Finally avoided all movements that caused pain and it healed. Meanwhile did some rehab exercises to assist in strengthening the groin per the suggestion of a PT.

[–]RP_PO14 points15 points  (1 child) | Copy

I’d be more pissed about not being able to lift for a while than I would be over my wife’s mostly meaningless and arbitrary shit tests increasing, but to each their own.

[–]JoeAccidental1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

The world throws this kind of crap at us men every day, especially as we get older. Step up and lead yourself out of it. Don't be a victim, internal focus is everything for the next few months. OP should see this as an opportunity to hold frame and practice dealing with the wave of shit tests which will come his way. He will learn to enjoy them as he gets better at dealing with them (promise). As for leaving the house, get busy and get another hobby.

[–]SkimTheDross7 points8 points  (0 children) | Copy

Much the same thing happened to me about a year and half ago. I’ve always had a bit of an umbilical hernia - probably from birth. As my lifts got heavy, it grew in size. Went to the doc and was diagnosed. All total, I was out the gym about 9 weeks. 3 until surgery and 6 to recover. Definitely had strength loss and atrophy, but its life. Take care of your body and get back in the saddle. Make sure you get mesh so it won’t happen again. My biggest mistake was I saw it as an opportunity to cut weight. I went on a IF deficit of about 300-400 calories and shed a good amount of weight - and muscle and strength. I learned what an untrained cut does to a body.

[–]bowhunter610 points11 points  (0 children) | Copy

This is one of those moments that define you as a man. Of course you are frustrated. Of course it sucks. But this is where you dig deep, grab your nuts, and face your fate head on. Get your shit surgically repaired, lay off the weights as needed, then slowly work your way back up. All with a fucking stoic attitude that this shit is nothing in the grand scheme of your life. You will overcome Bc you cannot be beaten.

There are motherfuckers in Walter Reed with less limbs and a better attitude than you. Fix yourself.

Edit: this is also something that I don’t think you could have prevented. Not everyone’s bellybutton fully closes after birth.

[–]MrBreitling3 points4 points  (1 child) | Copy

I've had all three. Family history as well as being an ultra fat cunt at one stage.

The umbilical hernia was the worst for recovery time. Depending on size, the prosthetics used, your diligence during recovery as well as the talent of the surgeon will obviously effect outcome and time to full strength.

Typically by 6 months I was doing most things fine, and by 2 years was back to full retard strength.

Ease back into it and research how to do certain lifts knowing your condition. Once your muscle fibres repair and Interweave with the prosthetics you will be strong as shit.

Other recommendation is to be careful with the aftercare painkillers. I had fuckloads of Targin and it was causing hallucinations. Wean yourself off it as quick as you can. Also be mindful that you will think you're fine in terms of structural strength but you are not.

Finally don't be a sooky bitch or show any weakness to your missus. Shit tests for me were flying, particularly about reinjury. She was more concerned about my recovery time and her perception of having to do things for herself than my recovery.

[–]ChokingDownRPRed Beret2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

She was more concerned about my recovery time and her perception of having to do things for herself than my recovery.


[–]BobbyPeruRed Beret2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

I don’t know why you think someone else having the same injury is going to help you on here? A doctor should be well equipped to tell you how to handle it.

As far as your wife goes, this shouldn’t change anything. You just need to have frame, and frame is mostly mental although lifting will help with frame.

Either you have frame or you don’t. That injury sounds shitty, and I’d be pissed too, but I don’t understand what you are tying to accomplish on here... sympathy? Medical advice? Frame advice?

Your injury and frame are mutually exclusive. It sounds like you know you don’t have frame, so now you want a handy dandy excuse.

Perhaps , this is a. Opportunity for you to drop about 30-40 pounds. With your weak lifts, that’s about where you need to be. You are skinny fat. So, while you can lift, upgrade from skinny fat to skinny, and then bulk up when you can lift again.

[–]part_wolf2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

Having been in your shoes, it’s not nearly as bad as it seems. It’s a simple, common surgical procedure and you’ll be back in the gym - albeit, at a lighter weight - before you know it. Start jumping rope, do a lot of plank holds, and stop whining.

[–]DoTheTraditions1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

11 months of barbell training.

Squat 231, DL 308, BP 231, Pendlay row 198, OHP 143, Chinup +44lbs

So I got a fucking umbilical hernia

Don't worry, you're made out of tuff stuff. I had bilateral inguinal and umbilical hernia surgeries and was back to work within a week. Restarted lifting weights again at about 6 weeks. What's 6 weeks for full recovery in the grand scheme of things?

Last year I had a laporoscopic cholecystectomy, another 6 weeks. No big deal. In fact, two weeks in my recovery I found 500 lb of free weights for $0.50/lb. Guess who loaded the van, unloaded those 500 lbs of weights and brought them down the basement? The 100 lb plates were fun.

Stop complaining, life could be worse. You should be so lucky to live in a time of human history where medical science can fix shit and let mother fuckers live longer. You can handle shit tests and you're probably not attractive anyway. Again, 6 weeks versus the remainder of your existence. No biggie.

[–]Perfectinmyeyes1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Well ... life sucks for you ...

But seriously - if a recent umbilical hernia was the worst thing you or I would encounter then life would be a cake walk.

If it were me - Id take some time off lifting; all lifting, and eating crap food. Give it time - see if it heals on its own. If not you can get surgery.

On a personal note - I had a umbilical hernia once - wasnt working out much (ok not at all). Was eating not the best. Luckily it resolved itself; but I had a feeling that eating garbage for 2 weeks (vacation) and not taking care of myself led it to the condition.

Give yourself time - sounds like you are taking your lifting and your wife and these 'shit tests' too seriously.

[–]UEMcGillI am become McGill, Destroyer of Blue Pill1 point2 points  (2 children) | Copy

I've had one, uncorrected for years. I'm also past the 1000lb club and it doesn't bother me one bit from lifting. Work on your form.

[–]ImNotSlash0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I've been fortunate to only have one very minor injury since I started lifting. My lifts are respectable. I always found it curious till a friend said he believes all injuries are from bad form. I buy it.

[–]UsefulWalk40 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I"ve also had an uncorrected one for years. Rarely bothers me when lifting (probably when my form is bad). It seems to decrease in size the lower my BF% gets. Not planning on a surgical repair. I also saw a doctor who sanctioned my don't repair it if it isn't bothering you strategy.

[–]redwall921 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

I had inguinal hernia surgery last July. I followed the surgeon's orders. No lifting at all for a month or whatever he said. Then I started with the bar again like I was new; adding 5-10lb each visit to the squat rack. I am back in the gym and making progress just fine now. I have not pushed for anything close to a PR yet. But I have goals set, and I'm doing a 5,5,AMRAP while I'm heading towards them. The 5,5,AMRAP lets me stay far away from my max at the moment. Honestly ... a little fear there for me about the concept of trying to max out again ... but I see that fear as healthy for now. It's not stopping me from heading the in direction I want to go. But it is reminding me I'm 40 years old now. Situps were the slowest thing for me to re-integrate - mentally I know there's this piece of mesh down there that I really don't want to rip out. But I'm doing 100 situps a day no problem now, too.

As far as getting out of the house to get away from the wife ... is lifting the only thing you do when you leave your house? You're scared of shit tests increasing and attraction decreasing?? Fuck off, dude. Who cares if she's attracted? What are you doing all this for? One woman's judgement? Come on man. You do you.

[–]rocknrollchuck1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

I had laparoscopic surgery for an inguinal hernia in my groin last year. I had it taken care of as soon as I could to avoid it getting worse. The robotic machine they use is cheaper, and the incisions are very small.

I work with a guy who has had an umbilical hernia for 15 years. It started hurting at work a few weeks ago. He left early, and ended up in the emergency room late that night. They did a traditional surgery on him because you have to schedule laparoscopic surgery ahead of time so the doctor has access to the robot. He showed me his scar, and it was 8 or 9 inches long from above his belly button down to his crotch. Looks like they stitched Frankenstein back together.

Get it taken care of ASAP before it causes you more problems. Reading your first post, you WILL be tested by her. Be ready with DNGAF and a Frame of steel. You're gonna need it. Focus on recovering, and be careful for the first 6 months of recovery. You can still do upper body and cardio once the doctor clears you. Focus on weight loss by reducing your caloric intake during your downtime.

[–]chrisindub1 point2 points  (2 children) | Copy

Sorry for the late reply.

I'm a general surgeon who does a lot of hernia surgeries.

Get the umbilical hernia fixed by someone who will do it with...

An open procedure

An underlay mesh

And close the primary defect

I do a lot of hernias on weight litters. You want to close the primary defect, because it reapproximates the abdominal wall musculature in a physiologic manner that restores the midline (línea alba) as a point of attachment for all your abdominal muscles of which there are three layers all pulling in different vectors.

A laparoscopic repair isn't a good option for active people because it doesn't actually close the defect. It lays a mesh over it from inside which leaves you with a flail segment of your abdominal wall with no muscle and fucks up the way your abdominal wall contracts.

A laparoscopic repair is great for a morbidly obese ham-planet who never plans to leave the couch, because fast recovery and less pain, but for you it's a terrible option.

PM me with any questions.

[–]go-RED-go[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

Thank you for the reply. The doctor described thr procedure basically as this: He will will cut me open near the hernia, put the mesh and stitch it together. Is that exactly to what you suggested? He says that's a basic procedure. Nothing laparoscopic is even given as an option. He just said 2 options are with mesh or withouth the mesh, but that he doesn't ever recommend without mesh.

He also said that my opening is fairly small and could be left alone it is if I want it, but in case I decide to have surgery, I'ts best to do it as soon as possible.

I told him I want to do it as soon as possible.

[–]chrisindub0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Go with the mesh.

Ask him to place the mesh in the pre-peritoneal space then close the defect over the mesh. It's a modified stoppa technique

I do a lot abdominal wall reconstruction and this repair is the only way to go in very active young people, athletes and body builders.

If he doesn't know how to do an underlay for an umbilical hernia I would run in the opposite direction.

While simply closing the defect without mesh is an extremely easy operation to do, only a complete fucking retard and lazy surgeon would consider that in someone who lifts.

[–]SBIIIRed Fucking Commando2 points3 points  (1 child) | Copy

Umbilical hernia caused from over attachment to Mommy, more like.

[–]HornsOfApathyMod / Red Beret3 points4 points  (0 children) | Copy

Shit is reaching out from the netherworld to find a new host to attach to.

[–]Smuggler-Tuek0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

One rep max or are those your numbers for actual sets?

Sucks dude. I came close to it about 6 months ago and was advised to take a week off just to be careful. That one week off sucked so I can’t imagine having to totally stop for awhile.

[–]go-RED-go[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy


[–]wkndatbernardus0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Probably a blessing in disguise. You need the stop eating.

[–]ChokingDownRPRed Beret0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Bummer, but shit happens. I had a bulging disc that's only just resolved to the point I can lift again. Use the time to dial in your diet, read, exercise what you can and work on other things that need work. If you lay around whining about it, then yes, your progress will be lost. She most definitely will shit test you on new levels.. But the program is the same, minus lifting. This is where the frame you've built will come in handy

[–]tightsleeves0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

So what, you used to have an innie and now you have an outie

[–]rotkohlblaukraut0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

In my 40's, blew out both left and right side inguinal a couple years apart doing martial arts (roundhouse kicking both times, go figure). Surgery was pretty simple, but took a while to recover because I pushed it too hard, too fast. Tweaked something a few weeks after surgery -- I was ice skating and something gave when I went into a fast hockey stop -- that put me back on the couch for a week, so take it easy. Wasn't lifting at the time (this was a few years ago) , but was able to eventually work up to a 455 deadlift and no issues with the repairs.

[–]JoeBuckYourslf0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Start GH/peptides/some deca, rest a little and stop being a faggot.

Good luck.

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