Well, after 2-1/2 years of poking and prodding, I finally got conclusive evidence yesterday, yes on New Year’s Eve, that I have a small inguinal hernia. I had two physicians (not the surgeon who ordered the tests) and radiology tech in the room for a dynamic ultrasound followed by a GF block. I learned dynamic means they frequently have you move, clench, and contract and relax leg, hip, and groin muscles.
They found the small hernia. More importantly, one of the docs pointed out how close it is to the spermatic cord and GF nerve. He said it’s possible that, while small, a lipoma (fattly blob) in the hernia is pressing on a nerve and COULD be the source of aggravation.
The questions, of course, are: (1) is it the cause of my pain or the result of core weakness from a dysfunctional or damaged nerve?; (2) does it need surgical repair?; and, (3) do I the GF, II/IH resected or not during a hernia repair.
Seeing where it’s located, down very low in the groin near where the GF enters the inguinal ring, I’m not sure there’d be much of a difference between having the GF resected or doing SCD. Meaning, the incision would be virtually in the same spot.
I see the surgeon next Monday.
Oddly enough, the last month has been relatively pain-free which I attribute to either the botox/steroid injections in June and October OR the round of antibiotics I took in November. I’d really like to rule infection in or out once and for all before going for surgery, but with this hernia in the equation (and the risk of nerve pain being CAUSED by hernia repair), I’m spooked by this whole thing.