I was 62 when the hernia ruptured in the spring of 2007. My hernia was the result of helping to lift a 250
pound item at work. What I thought was a pulled groin muscle was in fact a hernia waiting to happen. It was
not until several weeks later that the hernia actually ruptured while I was having a bowel movement.
When I saw a surgeon, he mentioned that there is a sack from the hernia and fluid will collect in this sack. In time
the fluid is absorbed. I believe at times there was fluid coming through the hernia area, it feels more liquid than solid.
You can tell if the intestine has actually slipped out as it is harder to push back in and feels lumpy. The surgeon I
saw was also going to put mesh in me to cover the hole, a process I feel is a big mistake. If you search, there is
documentation of mesh damaging organs near the mesh over a period of time.
Because of several factors, I just put up with the hernia for several months. But I found I could no longer do
things without causing stress on my hernia and started weighing my options. Once I decided surgery was not
an option I wanted, I started the following course of action.
I first tried taking the herbal capsules for a few months with no results other than costing a lot of money. You are welcome to try them but from my experience they have no effect on anything but your wallet.
What has worked for me. . .
I used psyllium fiber capsules to reduce the amount of effort it takes to make stuff go through the intestine and bowel.
For me the fiber capsules worked best if I took 6 capsules with plenty of water in the evening a couple hours after dinner.
I also modified my diet and cut out solids that might cause a blockage such as breads and most meat. I
increased things like fish, rice, fresh fruits, vegetables and other high fiber foods. No big meals, instead several
small meals or snacks during the day. The fiber and diet pretty much eliminated pain associated in the area where the
intestine is at the hernia. Also, drinking a lot of fluids, mostly water.
In order for the hernia to heal I needed to keep the intestine from slipping out so a truss was needed. After trying a truss I bought that made it impossible to use the toilet I decided
to come up with a truss of my own and hand sewed one out of elastic bought from a fabric store. Total
cost including needles and thread was $7.00. The truss is one sided, made to just support the hernia. The way
the strap is positioned on the truss, it is possible to use the toilet without removing the truss. I did not
want to be removing the truss unless I was laying down as it lets the hernia slip out and slows healing. A pad is used
under the truss to conform to the shape of the body and keep good pressure on the hernia area. The pad is
simply cotton cloth folded over several times. A second truss was made so I could wear one while taking a
shower and still have a dry one to put on. Using a (pants) belt over my underwear positioned over the pad snugs the pad tight and keeps the hernia from slipping out while being active.