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Tango I'm sorry that you've had such bad luck with that lift and ups... I too have an umbilical hernia( no surgery yet), and I know it sucks lifting stuff up stairs without a good cart... I wheel the general up and down the stairs multiple times a day usually.. also do lots of hw tanks.. but usually 2 guys... I usually drain them real good and flush them out to get a lot of sediment out.. 3/4" nipple x 5" 3/4fip by hose unthread drain valve thread that in and once tank is empty close everything and give a good blast... I use 5/8" hose.. then once that's done I'll clean hose out using laundry tub faucet
Talking about hernia, how big is yours? I was such a man I was foolish to do nothing. It started small and after a few years it became very big. The membrane inside the stomach probably split wider over time. It came to a point I had to wear a hernia belt and it hurt. I also gained a lot of weight because the digestive system was all fubar. Some days I couldn't eat or I would feel bloated and it hurt more.

When I finally consulted he doctor rushed for the surgery to get scheduled. The doctor was also my surgeon. Anyway I feel a whole lot better now and lost a whole lot of weight just because the digestive system became normal again. That doctor passed away about 8 months after the surgery.

I say get it done asap.
 

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Back in 2000 I was still in the Marines. I had a hiatal hernia, it’s genetic, but I felt it pop during a PFT. Took about a year to get the surgery done. Right away it was so bad that if I bent over to tie my boots, what was in my stomach flowed freely into my mouth.

I was drinking two to three of those chalky antacid bottles a day. One other thing I found that helped calm the acid was to eat. I’m 6’ and average 185#s.in that year I blimped up to 235!

After the surgery, laparoscopic thankfully, I had to learn how to eat and drink all over again. Right after if I was able to eat half a McDonald’s cheese burger, that was awesome! To this day I have a hard time eating most days. Example, sometimes if I take a bite of mash potatoes or a drink of cold water I can feel it go down and slowly make it through my LES.

Carbonated drinks can be tough, the nice thing about brewing my own beer and soda is I can control the amount of carbonation, and ABV. I found a good session ale recipe (~ 3.5% ABV) That I’ve been playing with. Made two batches so far playing with different hops.

I find if I drink a session beer before dinner it helps relax my LES enough to eat a small meal. I usually eat one meal a day, dinner, sometimes lunch, and usually that’s a hotdog, banana, apple.... that’s about all I can handle.
 

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Have had one for about 20 years now, maybe that’s why I’m fat?
Well for me after surgery I haven't checked the amount of weight lost but it's probably 50 or 60 pounds in about a year or 2? I didn't change my diet either. The surgeon had to redo my belly button and it looks natural. I can feel the belly button tugging or the mesh patch on some days like today. Just a little discomfort pain for a while.

And if you do get surgery buy yourself a hernia belt, (or if our hernia hurts before you go under the scalpel) you heal a lot quicker, makes you stronger to get up and down and go to sleep and it holds all your insides and provides relief while it's healing.

Now I gotta watch my sugar intake. :sad2:
 

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@OpenSights You must be hungry all the time? It must be hard living like that.
Not hungry all the time. Body gets use to it. Don’t get me wrong, I snack a quite a bit. Edit: for dinner tonight I had 8 chicken wings. I’m good for now. Later I’ll have a banana or apple, maybe some raw carrots....
 

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Tango I'm sorry that you've had such bad luck with that lift and ups... I too have an umbilical hernia( no surgery yet), and I know it sucks lifting stuff up stairs without a good cart... I wheel the general up and down the stairs multiple times a day usually.. also do lots of hw tanks.. but usually 2 guys... I usually drain them real good and flush them out to get a lot of sediment out.. 3/4" nipple x 5" 3/4fip by hose unthread drain valve thread that in and once tank is empty close everything and give a good blast... I use 5/8" hose.. then once that's done I'll clean hose out using laundry tub faucet
Talking about hernia, how big is yours? I was such a man I was foolish to do nothing. It started small and after a few years it became very big. The membrane inside the stomach probably split wider over time. It came to a point I had to wear a hernia belt and it hurt. I also gained a lot of weight because the digestive system was all fubar. Some days I couldn't eat or I would feel bloated and it hurt more.

When I finally consulted he doctor rushed for the surgery to get scheduled. The doctor was also my surgeon. Anyway I feel a whole lot better now and lost a whole lot of weight just because the digestive system became normal again. That doctor passed away about 8 months after the surgery.

I say get it done asap.
I just got mine about 6 months ago... I was overweight and I've also had trama to that area before and it's still very small... However I've lost about 30 lbs and it doesn't come out anymore.. but I've had ultrasound and they seen something else in there as well "lypoma"..

So I'm going away this week and when I get back I have a ct scan to get a better image of affected area... it all depends on what docs say if they say you need it right now I'll get it done.. If they want to monitor it then that's fine

but if and when I get it repaired it'll be to the hernia specialists I go...
you have to pay for their services but I've talked to many people that have gone to them and it's highly recommended.. Its in Toronto..

my grandmother had hers done there as well 20 years ago

However it has been feeling alot better than when I was a bit heavier...

I'm also in a weight loss clinic I've lost quite a bit and will continue to do so but it's hard in terms of preparation of food as I work extensive hours sometimes...
 

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I'm also in a weight loss clinic I've lost quite a bit and will continue to do so but it's hard in terms of preparation of food as I work extensive hours sometimes...
When I'm out all day working on service I usually stop at a supermarket nearby and they have those healthy sandwiches with 2 carrots and 2 pieces of celery. I love soda and I can only drink sugar free so I choose to drink soda with stevia. It took a while to get used to and there's not too many choices but it's better than nothing.
 

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I'm also in a weight loss clinic I've lost quite a bit and will continue to do so but it's hard in terms of preparation of food as I work extensive hours sometimes...
When I'm out all day working on service I usually stop at a supermarket nearby and they have those healthy sandwiches with 2 carrots and 2 pieces of celery. I love soda and I can only drink sugar free so I choose to drink soda with stevia. It took a while to get used to and there's not too many choices but it's better than nothing.
Yea I dont drink pop anymore at all lots of coffee still but no sugar... when I get a sweet tooth happened I grab a Tim bit or too..

Yea I always eat those super market salads and stuff. I'm staying away from bread... just eating meat veggies nuts a little dairy lost over 30lbs
 

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When I'm out all day working on service I usually stop at a supermarket nearby and they have those healthy sandwiches with 2 carrots and 2 pieces of celery. I love soda and I can only drink sugar free so I choose to drink soda with stevia. It took a while to get used to and there's not too many choices but it's better than nothing.
Dude, look into getting a sodastream! Find a local brew store or a source online for flavor extracts. Sodastream flavorings are expensive compared to brewing extracts. One $6 brewing extract at 100% will make 4 gallons!

My wife has cut out sugar sodas almost completely. It’s either ice tea or sodastream. Worth the investment!
 

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Have had one for about 20 years now, maybe that’s why I’m fat?
Well for me after surgery I haven't checked the amount of weight lost but it's probably 50 or 60 pounds in about a year or 2? I didn't change my diet either. The surgeon had to redo my belly button and it looks natural. I can feel the belly button tugging or the mesh patch on some days like today. Just a little discomfort pain for a while.

And if you do get surgery buy yourself a hernia belt, (or if our hernia hurts before you go under the scalpel) you heal a lot quicker, makes you stronger to get up and down and go to sleep and it holds all your insides and provides relief while it's healing.

Now I gotta watch my sugar intake.
Thanks for the tips! It’s been looked at twice and both times the docs said it was minor and pretty common. I didn’t even know it was there. It hasn’t caused me any discomfort. Sometimes my lower right side hurts after something strenuous but it usually goes away?

As far as soda goes, I’ve cut down a lot. I might have 1 or 2 a week or none. When I was younger I burned through a couple of 2 liters a day easy.
 

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Just had the ct scan today on the umbilical hernia... man does that ever feel weird hot sensation in your body... here sign this waiver and let's get started....

So hopefully everything is kosher down thier... they also made a note to look at my aorta because it runs in the family having aneurisms on the main vein I guess so I let the doc know to check for that while they do the hernia and lypoma thing
 

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Yea I do feel better I'm still young but lifting sewage ejectors and sewer machines has already done damage...

Yea I'm going to get a hernia belt can you pick em up at wally world in store or do you have to order them
 

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Yea I do feel better I'm still young but lifting sewage ejectors and sewer machines has already done damage...

Yea I'm going to get a hernia belt can you pick em up at wally world in store or do you have to order them
I had ordered mine on ebay. Looks like on walmart Canada it's not available .

For everyday use I put on a tank top the hernia belt and a t-shirt on top. If you are going to lift heavy objects I would get a power lifter belt for those moments you really need to force stomach muscles. Without a belt the membrane will continue to split and eventually you will need emergency surgery. Another thing if it gets bigger digestion will become so slow you'll gain a lot of weight and won't be able to lose it.

Choose the size you need and you can get 6", 8" or 10" wide , I think I had the 10" one. It comes with a foam pad to push the hernia in place.

FlexaMed Umbilical Hernia Belt

https://www.ebay.com/itm/FlexaMed-U...=2740236783011a2b06f7281440c9a7f1a2720ab9725a


Power lifter belt :

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Power-Belt...hash=item33df3f991d:m:mvEhsqz-B1EIT_xiKZrk53A
 

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Yea I do feel better I'm still young but lifting sewage ejectors and sewer machines has already done damage...

Yea I'm going to get a hernia belt can you pick em up at wally world in store or do you have to order them
Make sure if you decide to buy a power lifter belt not to confuse with a weight lifting belt. They aren't the same.
 
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