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Anyone ride with a hernia?(8 posts)

Anyone ride with a hernia?JL
Oct 17, 2002 6:56 AM
I have doctor appointment later today, but I think I have a slight hernia. It hasn't bothered me on rides, yet, but I was wondering if anyone rode with one since surgery is not always necessary?


Tendem or drafting?Eager Beagle
Oct 17, 2002 7:01 AM
Not personally, but my Dad had a slight one for years, which didn't bother him.

Guess it depends exactly where it is?
I've run with a hernia....bent_spoke
Oct 17, 2002 8:49 AM
I had this condition for serveral years before I got it taken care of. It wasn't a problem for the most part, although there was a slight pain when I ran longer distances. I thought that the longer distances caused more stress as the muscles got fatigued.

With riding, I would image that it depends where the herina is located. If it's not uncomfortable than it's probably ok for awhile. I would image that sprints or heavy duty hill work would be something to be careful with.

You're doing the right thing by seeing a doctor, as he can assess the damage, make recommendations & fill you in on the consequences which can be severe in some cases. Hopefully you'll get the green light!
It's not a hernia.JL
Oct 17, 2002 10:28 AM
It is a groin pull and the doctor was unsure about how cycling would/could effect it. I just will have to take it easy. I guess that century on Saturday is out now.

Thanks for the responses.

re: Anyone ride with a hernia?blownpupil
Oct 17, 2002 10:50 AM
I'm a surgeon, so I think I can speak with some authority. First of all, I'm assuming you have a groin (inguinal) hernia:

1. A "slight" hernia is like being "slightly" pregnant.
One either has a hernia or not. We do speak of small vs. large, symptomatic vs. asysmptomatic, incarcerated vs. nonincarcerated, complete vs. incomplete.

2. A hernia generally should always be repaired, period (unless you are too old or too sick to tolerate surgery...unlikely in your case).

3. Unless the hernia is trapped (incarcerated...meaning the lump is painful and stuck in place) or causing intestinal problems, then you can decide when to have it fixed electively.

4. Size: smaller hernias ("slight"?) are actually more of a danger than larger ones, because things like intestines can get stuck more readily in the small hole. Bigger hernias, or are less likely to do so.

5. Hernias will get bigger, more uncomfortable, more unsightly over time. The risk of surgery is minimal compared to risk of eventual complications from the hernia.

6. What you want to know: You can ride a bike with a hernia.It won't get larger by pedalling. You can ride a bike after a hernia is repaired (once post op pain is gone and the incision(s) have healed).

I hope this is helpful to you.
re: Anyone ride with a hernia?JL
Oct 17, 2002 11:47 AM
Thanks. The doctor I saw today said it's probably a groin pull and not a hernia. He gave me Celebrex for the inflammation and recommended rest (from significant lifting) but wasn't sure about riding. He did think it prudent to take it easy, but said "I can't tell you what to do, but... ".

I'm guessing I should skip the planned century this weekend and do something a little less intense, if I ride at all.

Do you think pedalling could aggravate a groin pull? This century with a lot of hills?

Thanks again for your information.

I rode with some people that were a pain in the @$$ before..(nm)Alexx
Oct 17, 2002 3:31 PM
re: Anyone ride with a hernia?zooog
Oct 17, 2002 4:37 PM
I have had 2 hernia surgeries. The first was a "failed" repair. Let go after 1 year. went to a real surgeon and had it repaired lathroscopically(sp?) with mesh. Best thing I ever did. ride pain free with no problems. Occasionally can feel the "mesh" area but not frequently. If possible, get it done lathroscopically(sp). Was lightly riding with 5-7 days. Good luck