It has been a rough month with an injury causing me pain in my lower abdomen. I have been in and out of the doctor’s office the last 4 weeks or so running labs, ultrasounds and being checked for various things. Finally, this week I got some closure.
I reviewed my ultrasound with the doc yesterday and they found an inguinal hernia. In layman’s terms:
An inguinal hernia occurs when soft tissue — usually part of the membrane lining the abdominal cavity (omentum) or part of the intestine — protrudes through a weak point in the abdominal muscles.
This is something that could have been there for years and I just started feeling symptoms. It could have been that my journey to better health opened the door to preexisting issues from my lets say more “husky” days. I am sure my ab strength wasn’t doing great at the point I weighed the most. 🙂
In any event, I went and saw the surgeon this afternoon, and I will indeed need surgery to correct the hernia. They will be fixing me via a laparoscopic surgical procedure that includes some camera action to find the tear(s). I hope the footage is good!
Needless to say I am very disappointed. I am making progress on my weight which is awesome, I am floating around 200 (competition weight) and looking now to get to 185 standing. I am registered for a couple upcoming competitions that I am sure I won’t be ready for considering recovery. My Jiu Jitsu game feels awesome, I feel confident about my technique and it seems only when I feel this way am I presented with another injury, issue, or adversity.
That’s OK though, because I’ll get through it like I do every other time, it’s just rather frustrating. Ultimately I have come to the conclusion that I can’t change my path completely, I just have to learn to better deal with the challenges that I am presented with, and keep on, keeping on! I’ll get to my finish line one way or another!
See you on that mats…..soon enough!