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johnny
RE: Anyone ever had a "Sports Hernia" aka: "Sportsman's hernia", "Gilmore's groin
sher,
you probably didn't tear anything- from what i understand, corretctly or not, is that the sh injury really kicks in gradually, in other words, the pain gets worse over time, as you already know.
my advice, for what it is or what it isn't worth, is to see a good manual therapist such as a rolfer before you go under the knife. they can release some tension in the muscles before surgery so you can have an easier recovery and also an easier time with the flights.
dr um will know what is up. you should also bring copies of your mris and any other prints.

i couldn't walk for a few months, then i found a great pt who got me better to a cetain extent, to the point where i could swim and do light hiking, before the surgeries. that definitely helped. but i wish i had gone to a rolfer beforehand, or the right kind of acupuncturist, so i could get some of those clenched muscles (due to the sh pain) to relax. i imagine that tight muscles have a harder time in recouperating, as would muscles that suffer atrophy. so i think it's best to try to take care of some things before you leave just to be ahead of the recoup protocol.

you should be fine- dr um has seen thousands of patients, and there are many that have had the injury much longer than a couple of years, and with more accumilated damage. it will/can take time to get over even after the operations. you will still be nervous as was i but when you meet dr um and her staff things will calm down for you. above all, realize that you are going over to finally get this fixed, and while you are there, enjoy your time in munich. it will feel totally different than any hospital or doc office you have ever visited in the us, and that sort of removal from the norm tends to help take your mind of the fact that you are there for surger(ies).
good luck
john

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