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.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
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.