The Herniabible Blog

advice from people who have had an inguinal hernia

Getting A Hernia To Go Back In

Keeping a hernia in is very important, but the longer it has been “out” the more difficult it may be to push it back in. This is possibly because the discomfort causes chronic muscular tension in the area. The following case reports might help you if you have this problem.

BTDT’s story
One of our forum members, “BTDT” found that whether he wore a hernia support or not, a lot of heat seemed to build up in the groin area. Both the heat and the hernia bulge would subside whenever he temporarily stopped eating solid food and just drank vegetable juices.

When BTDT lost his job he decided to go on unemployment and have a rest. Almost immediately his life became much less stressful.

Next he tried an experiment with his hernia. As heat would still build up in the area when he ate solid food, BTDT started to put cloths soaked in cold water over his groin area before going to sleep. This cooled down the area straight away and when he woke up in the morning, he felt much more refreshed and almost forgot he had a hernia.

This worked so well that two or three times a week he would also hold something cold against the hernia, for instance a cold drinks can or a plastic water bottle that had been kept in the fridge.

After three months the hernia had completely disappeared. As BTDT says, he did nothing else to get rid of it except rest and relaxation, removal of the heat, and less solid food to place strain on the area.

BTDT believes that maybe the heat from the hernia was keeping the muscles soft and weak so they couldn’t tighten up and allow the abdominal wall to grow back together.

SD’s story
SD had had his hernia for at least 20 years. “Usual thing left hand always in pocket or ready for any instant physical effort the moment it starts to bulge.” He wasn’t too concerned as he was always able to push it back in ok.

But SD had a couple of scary moments when the hernia would not go back in for up to a minute. Afraid it would descend into the sac he immediately lay down on the bed on his back, hips in the air and with knees fully bent. Using all the physical effort he could muster he eventually managed to stuff it all back in.

SD was a workaholic with shredded nerves and difficulty sleeping. Shopping one day in the supermarket and wanting to buy some washing up liquid, he found himself staring at it on the shelf yet completely unable to know what to do next. “Add to that both hands were holding the hernia in like crazy, I was really desperate to pay up (with one hand) and rush back to the car!!” he says.

Fortunately SD’s work schedule dwindled and one day when he had been reading a really interesting book for two or three hours, he suddenly noticed he felt very relaxed indeed and that the hernia had gone in by itself.

“It was the feeling of deep relaxation that struck me most of all. That evening I started to think a lot more about it and although I had a fair bit to do the next day, I decided as an experiment to drop everything and force myself to spend the day reading to see if it would happen again. But I found this extremely irritating and very difficult as I couldn’t concentrate on the story at all. I kept wanting to rush off to do whatever I’d planned originally, none of which fortunately was all that important. Eventually after about half an hour I managed to become interested and get back into the story once more, finally spending the whole day having a good old long and relaxing read. Again the hernia had vanished!”

“It’s still early days, but it does seem, for me anyway, that stress must somehow be involved somewhere, and that doing something that is naturally relaxing might seem to be a possible cure and answer. I’ve since found that when I get worked up about something the hernia goes back into its old “semi-bulge” position. Not too much of a problem but always with my left hand immediately ready to push it back in just in case. I’m finding it doesn’t work to rush around and then try to find a moment to “de-stress”. The most effective approach seems to be to somehow hang on to the most relaxed and earliest moments of the day – throughout the whole of the day. Or at least for as long as possible.”

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April 7, 2009 - Posted by | Keeping hernia in |


  1. Thank you for the blog posts! I find them quite useful. I intend to experiment with “cold pressure” upon the hernia as well. Since I began using the Flat Pad Hernia Support some months ago anxiety about the hernia has radically diminished. I’ve returned to working out vigorously (boxing, weights, aerobics) without any noticeable stress or undue strain. I meditate as much as possible in Full Lotus posture each day and definitely connect the Healing Presence with that practice as well. But it is the Flat Pad which has given me the most comfort. I now own two and the wearing of them has become fully integrated and natural to my life. I am confident of the hernia completely healing. I should add that access to the many signed testimonials about the Cluthe Truss were also of great assistance! There we read the words of real working men with the patience to wear a truss and give the hernia time to heal, even if it took many months or even years. Most inspiring and helpful! Thanks again!

    Comment by Mickey from San Francisco | January 18, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi Mickey, we’re always glad to get feedback, and look forward very much to your progress reports!

      Comment by herniabible | January 22, 2010 | Reply

  2. i have read and been inspired.and would like advice,i have a baby boy who is now 8months and has hernia.i need advice on what to do.i would really appreciate the help thanx

    Comment by enid akumu | March 15, 2010 | Reply

    • This site is for men with inguinal (groin) hernia. Babies’ hernias are not something we have experience of, and so are unfortunately not qualified to advise. If you are not happy with your doctor’s advice we suggest joining a forum for parents with similar problems and asking them for advice.

      Comment by herniabible | March 15, 2010 | Reply

  3. Hi,
    guess what? I have just found out I got an inguinal hernia. I am 33 years old and have 82kg (1,78cm tall). Although I like sports and physical activities, most of my time I spend in front of the computer. In the past 3 months, we’ve moved to a new house (and I carried heavy weight… I mean… really heavy weight a LOT this day). After that, I started working out at a gym. Not sure how this happened (I believe it was that moving day), but I see this bulge poping every time I am standing.
    Did not really want to go on surgery, so I guess I will try some of the advices you guys have been sharing. If anyone would like to give me a piece of advice, please, feel free. I will gladly take it.

    – Hander.

    Comment by Hander Heim | March 2, 2012 | Reply

    • There is the belt, and there is surgery. Informed consent is your responsibility. Make sure you see a surgeon who is specialist for the exact part of your body your having work done and get a second opinion always even if your insurance company won’t pay for it. Make sure and check the state medical licenses websites for any issues with that doctor as well as check out his Board Certifications for his specialty. Just because your GP of 30 yrs referred him doesn’t mean he monitors his associates actions. Go in with questions, not the obvious ones like what’s suppose to happen after surgery. Duh your suppose to be restored to original factory working order. In addition to post surgery expectations find out what are all the risks associated with this surgery are no matter how minute the chances of something going wrong. Don’t forget to check out the anesthesgeoligst they usually come with the hospital not with your doctor. Make sure he/she has no license issues as well. He is the guy that takes you out temporarily from this world and he is the only one that can get you back alive. I was under general anesthesia for 19 hrs I have permanent brain damage. I had no idea who was monitoring my oxygen levels or if anyone else could have done something different. I left all up to some magically power that makes sure doctors and hospitals aren’t going to hurt you. It not just your surgeon you have to worry about. Length of practice is critical for surgeons. That was my critical error, my surgeon was a jack of all trades he had no idea until he cut where he was going exactly. Collateral nerve damage can be prevented. An experienced surgeon knows from the feel of the tissue and the angle of the cut where he is at all times in relation to alI body systems without needing to see where he is. Because once a cut is made, it’s irreversible. The body does heal but what if doesn’t. What if can’t Don’t let a guy 3 yrs into his practice work on you. They call it a practice for a reason. Do you want some rookie realizing he just figured out what not to do next time because of the damage he did to you this time. The hospitals are just as important as your surgeon. If the hospital doesn’t have the dedicated staff to maintain for example a heart institute or a cancer center or a urology dept performing the minimum number of surgeries your state requires be performed to quality for state and federal medicare payments for those types of surgeries typically performed in hospitals with those specialties then guess what. They don’t have the support staff that your doctor might need during surgery nor will you have experienced after surgery care. You’ll get the regular RN when you may need a wound care nurse. And for God’s sake stay away from teaching hospitals in elective surgeries until you make sure you’ve checked out their performance grade issued annually by the federal government Cedars Sinai, one of the largest hospitals in the country host to doctors all over world who go there for knowledge of new medical advances implemented in every country fortunate enough to gain the knowledge available on there, got a grade of C in patient care. It’s a teaching hospital. The patients that enter there are lab rats. One knowledge know all Dr oversees 30-40 interns. You don’t want to fall through the crack. If surgery can be postponed or avoided then don’t make it an option. You will be scared. You body invaded, it’s core workings tinkered with. Most people in and out no problem. How about that other 15%-20% made up of short term problems that the body resolves on its own and the life altering long term effects of medical mismanagement. It’s your life, if your medical team make a mistake, guess what they still go home at the end of the day. The have insurance for these things. You, your future is in their hands. They ultimately dictate how your life resumes after surgery.

      Comment by Angelo Burlos | April 26, 2014 | Reply

  4. Very pleased with the flat pad support. Was able to garden today without discomfort. However, I teach tai chi and was distressed when the hernia area began to burn when doing the tai chi form. I presume the the “burning” which is the only symptom I’ve had is cause by stretching or tearing. I get relief by laying down on an inclined wedge.

    Comment by Randy Smith | June 14, 2015 | Reply

  5. Pls am 28 years I have done surgery on hernia last 4months ago and another hernia surface again, pls what will I do

    Comment by tochukwu | July 1, 2015 | Reply

    • We are very sorry to hear this but sadly it is all too common.

      Comment by herniabible | July 7, 2015 | Reply

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