Was I getting a hernia or something else? Was I getting a hernia or something else?

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    Default Was I getting a hernia or something else?

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    Went from 185 squat to 240 with no troubles, around 240 on the last rep on the last set i got a burning hot sort of sensation/pain like 2 inches above my dick and 2-3 inches to the left, not sure what else to call that. 245 last set I got that same burning sensation but on the whole last set. I pushed through it but obviously knew something was fucked up.

    I think it was a hernia developing from keeping my belt on too tight but I'm not sure what else it could be. No strength loss or changes to anything, just that pain when I squat heavy with a belt.

    Tried to do 250, the first set I was just waiting the whole time for the pain and just couldn't focus, and I felt in on a 225 warmup. I even tried loosening my belt but still couldn't really focus on the lift because I was just waiting for the burning sensation.

    So far I dropped down to 225 and stopped using a belt, jumped to 235 which felt great and planning on jumping to 245 before switching back to 5 point jumps. Should I be worried and take a week off/see a doctor or am I fine just not using a belt?

    Tlr: Squatting heavy gives me a hot burning sensation in my left upper groin area with a belt, should I just not use a belt or find a doctor?

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    Certainly, the most prudent course of action is to see a physician.

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    I mean I don't feel it squatting without a belt, I'll see how the 10 pound jump back to 245 feels and I've never felt it outside of using a belt. Were you being sarcastic or do I actually need to see a doctor lol, I've heard hernia surgery shit takes weeks to heal.

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    Hernias come from your parents, not from your belt. If you think you have a hernia, see a doctor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jakedpayn View Post
    I mean I don't feel it squatting without a belt, I'll see how the 10 pound jump back to 245 feels and I've never felt it outside of using a belt. Were you being sarcastic or do I actually need to see a doctor lol, I've heard hernia surgery shit takes weeks to heal.
    A strangulated hernia will make you realize very quickly, indeed, that I was not being sarcastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Rippetoe View Post
    Hernias come from your parents, not from your belt. If you think you have a hernia, see a doctor.
    But, if you do have one of these congenital or genetic hernias, you should become more aware of it if you create higher internal pressure by wearing a belt. Correct?

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    My hernia was both enlarged and aggravated while not wearing a belt. Read:

    The Belt and the Deadlift | Mark Rippetoe

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    Alright so 1. what kind of doctor do I go to? It also will prob take a little bit before I can get to one if a general clinic won't work so for now I'll just keep training without a belt for a month or so and see if I can use the belt again.
    2. Also, I'm pretty sure all that the doc will do is touch up my balls and tell me I don't have a hernia because theirs no protrusion, do I just not use a belt if he says that?

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    A General Practitioner / Family Medicine Physician / Physician’s Assistant / Family Nurse Practitioner, all should be able to diagnose a hernia from physical exam.

    #2 - Pretty sure a clinician is not going to “just touch your balls”. They are going to perform a physical exam, namely looking for palpation of the painful area, or common locations of hernias to elicit a “bag of worms” feeling. Trust me when I say this, I sincerely hate doing this shit more than you hate having it done to you. I wonder if people realize that this type of attitude by patients is why clinicians fucking hate their jobs most of the time.

    My recommendation stands. I have no good explanation for why you have a hot burning sensation around your groin. I would like to have that diagnosed. My recommendation is to have it evaluated. After that, you are going to have to make your own decisions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jakedpayn View Post
    so for now I'll just keep training without a belt for a month or so and see if I can use the belt again.
    Excellent idea! Good luck with your training.

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