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Hernia Surgeries Anyone?
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I'm wondering if my frequent, recurring hernias could be related to the celiac disease. Anyone else with a history of hernias?

Here's my hernia history

2001 Incisional hernia - repaired with mesh

2003 Incision hernia (different location) - repaired with mesh

2006 Umbilical hernia - repaired during surgery to remove gallbladder

2006 During laproscopic surgery for gallbladder removal two other hernias found, not repaired as they were not consented for and I was 9 weeks pregnant

May 2008 Complete abdominal wall reconstruction with mesh for four hernias.

I am 36 yrs old and not overweight, nor do I have any family history of hernias.

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Yes, I have hernias. Have never had surgery on them, though. About 15 years ago, I developed a hernia in my groin area. It bothers me when I've done heavy lifting, or when I'm tired (which is alot of the time). I also have a hiatal hernia.

Now that you mention it, I'd have to attribute my hernias to weak muscle tone probably due to my known auto-immunes diseases, Hashimoto's and Celiac. I'm not overweight, either - actually, I'm underweight. Plus I have cellulite, and I'm less than 100 lbs. Go figure. This autoimmune stuff is depressing. You sure have alot of mesh - metal (?) or some other material mesh inside your body? Is it noticeable, or bothersome?

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No the mesh does not bother me at all, it goes from below my ribs to my pubic bone and from one side all the way over to the other side. The mesh is from a gortex fabric type material.

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I had double-hernia surgery a few yrs ago.

One side was very bad - popping out the size of an entire golfball. That's a little scary :ph34r: Doc said he used the biggest piece of mesh he'd ever used.

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I'm wondering if my frequent, recurring hernias could be related to the celiac disease. Anyone else with a history of hernias?

Here's my hernia history

2001 Incisional hernia - repaired with mesh

2003 Incision hernia (different location) - repaired with mesh

2006 Umbilical hernia - repaired during surgery to remove gallbladder

2006 During laproscopic surgery for gallbladder removal two other hernias found, not repaired as they were not consented for and I was 9 weeks pregnant

May 2008 Complete abdominal wall reconstruction with mesh for four hernias.

I am 36 yrs old and not overweight, nor do I have any family history of hernias.

Yes the hernias can definitely be related to celiacs. If you have undiagnosed celiacs and you are eating gluten your intestines become inflamed and distended. Add to that the nutritional deficiencies that can cause muscle weakness and our intestines are literally like a folded up balloon looking for any weakness to just pop out of. So it is definitely related. I have had really serious problems with hernias as well. They can't use mesh in me because my body overreacted to the mesh and I ended up with a nasty infection inside my abdomen. What a mess! But it sounds like your body is ok with the mesh so be thankful for that at least right?!

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Very interesting! As you can see by my signature I have had 9 hernia repairs - and look where we meet. That has to say something.

Do you think one causes the other or vice versa??

This sure gives me some hope that I have finally found the answer to my problems.

-Kim

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Very interesting! As you can see by my signature I have had 9 hernia repairs - and look where we meet. That has to say something.

Do you think one causes the other or vice versa??

This sure gives me some hope that I have finally found the answer to my problems.

-Kim

Personally I think the celiac disease came first. I've had a normal appendix removed plus a laparotomy while 30 weeks pregnant for unexplained abdo pain, I'm guessing with hindsight that this was a severe gluten type pain. My hernias did not come until 2 yrs later.

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