Ok, so I haven’t posted regularly for the last several years. February will be 5 years since my Vas and about 3.5 since my reversal.
Initially, after the Vas, I had some super sharp inguinal pain. It would flare when doing normal activity – coughing, laughing, yelling loud. Generally when I was standing up… and if I would bear down to project, it would ignite. And once it did, I had to go sit down for a while for it to calm down. This was a problem for a couple months – which is a problem since I work for a church and part of my job is leading the music each week. Singing would trigger it.
I completely stopped physical activity in that post-vas season of life… and it eventually went away. In fact, all has been ok on that front for the last few years. Every now and and again, I’ve felt it briefly, but never consistently or very bad since then.
However, over the past year, I have been slowly getting into the best shape of my adult life. I’ve avoided ab workouts to avoid this pain, but I’ve done lots of upper body work and slowly added in jogging and now even some leg presses, leg extensions, pullups, etc.
Well, the pain is back. It almost feels like a pulled muscle, right in my belt line at the inguinal canal on my right side. I’m sure it is right around that “inguinal ring”. It can happen when I’m stretching for something while pushing off my right leg… or even just when talking loudly while standing up. Sometimes even some mild gas can cause it to hurt right there. However if I compress my right leg enough (i.e. - put my right foot up on a chair while I’m standing up, sit down, etc.)… I can make it stop. And if I sit down for a little while, it goes away (until I do enough activity to aggravate it again).
To me, it sounds like some sort of hernia… but I know that can be a rabbit hole. Any advice on where to start with this? Which kind of doctor should I go see?
In the meantime, I’m going to stop the leg exercises to see if that helps.