Hey everyone, long time reader first time poster. First off thanks to everyone here, the amount I have learnt from these forums just from reading the stickies etc has been huge and a big help.
Lately, sometimes after deadlifting or a big day at work (brickies labourer) I have been feeling a strange sensation just above/behind my belly button. Not a pain, just a different feeling thats hard to explain. A kind of stretching feeling maybe.
Theres no lumps around the area I can feel, and there is no real discomfort, but its definately somthing new that seems more noticable after deadlifting.
I was wondering if anyone had felt somthing similiar before? I'm worried it could be the start of a hernia?. I'm going to start wearing a belt for my heavy sets and see if it goes away,but the thought of missing training due to a hernia or somthing scares me.
My understanding is that you typically do not "feel" a hernia beginning. I've had two hernias (and two hernia repair surgeries, obviously), and both times, there was absolutely no indication that they were going to occur beforehand - never felt anything stretch, tear, break, pull, ect...until the hernia occurred. My doc told me that those particular ligaments were weak, due to genetics, and in his opinion, a hernia was going to occur at some point in my life at those locations (not due to weightlifting, just because I'm active). In fact, neither occured during heavy lifting (basketball and bowling, respectively).
Again, I don't know if this is typical - if you are very concerned, you should contact a doctor. Wearing a belt can't hurt, either.
6'1"/203 (down 12 pounds since 5/2012)
2-mile run: 13:23
i had a similar situation to you Ryan. that area you are describing would be called an umbilical hernia. they are actually fairly common among young men (told by my doc when i had mine checked out). if you dont feel any lumps then that is a good thing because then nothing has torn. as far as it coming on, i never felt it coming on i just woke one day with some pain and a lump there. if you want to get it checked out you can.
Hmm thanks guys ill just keep doing as i'm doing then, since there's no lump or pain. Maybe just a bit of stretching/tightness due to weight gain and really tensing the stomach when lifting heavy.
I have definately been neglecting my core lately come to think of it. Time to focus on it a lot more.
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I've had the same issue with the umbilical hernia off and on for years. When it acts up just take it easy for a day or two. If it gets worse have it checked by a doctor.
My main issue is I have the lovely epigastric hernia! It goes from my belly button up to my diaphragm. And on heavy squat, deathlift or rope crunches it'll push out (usually once every week or two). The funniest part is I have to have my wife help me push it back in! Lol. You should see the look on her face as I'm trying to stretch my abs enough so she can shove the tissue back under them with her fingers! Lmfao!
36 yr old novice PL
Best lifts (non competition):
Squat - 305
Bench - 300
Deathlift - 405
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that not would be case of hernia as you are saying same happened with me also but mine was very painful and i feared that it would be hernia and consulted doctor and it was just muscle stretch and nothing else and if you are too worried then i would recommend you to consult doctor
Last edited by Zacharry; 09-04-2012 at 12:25 AM.