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Diagnosing a hernia

A couple of days after moving a very heavy TV by myself, I began to experience mild pain in my left groin. I spoke to a friend that was a PA and felt the area and believed it to be the beginning of a hernia (there was a hardly noticable bulge that was tender). I made an appointment a regular doctor and he said because the hernia did not descend into the "sac" it wasn't a hernia, more likely diverticulitus. He put me on Cipro and Flagly and a strict diet and said to see him in a couple of weeks. I did a little research on diverticulitus and I had not experienced any other symptons other than mild pain... until I went on the meds, of course. After a few horrid days on the meds, I came off and have felt great the last two days. Until today. I picked up a couple of small computers and about 15 minutes later, felt mild pain in my groin again. I went to the bathroom and felt the area and there is a more distinctive bulge that is tender. The bulge is slightly to the right of the crease between my thigh and groin and runs down in the same angle. I called the Dr. and he wants a CT scan. I have my doubt about the Dr. since his original diagnosis and will probably get a second opinion. What has been your experience with hernias?  (Dec 18, 2008 | post #1)

Albany, GA

Union Approves Concessions at Texarkana Cooper Tire Plant

Uh, it left. http://www.walb.co m/Global/story.asp ?S=9536984  (Dec 17, 2008 | post #7)

Diverticulitis

Diagnosed with Diverticulitus...But it doesn't sound right.

After speaking with my Dr., I came off both meds yesterday and I'm feeling much better today. We have a Walt Disney World trip planned next week so the Dr. agreed that I could restart the meds after I return. I also scheduled an appointment with another physician after the first of the year should things not improve. A diver diagnosis just feels wrong to me, but we shall see. Thanks!!  (Dec 16, 2008 | post #3)

Diverticulitis

Diagnosed with Diverticulitus...But it doesn't sound right.

A couple of weeks ago I began experiencing a mild pain in my lower left side. This went on for several days. After speaking with a friend that was a trainer, it appeared I may have hernia so I decided to go to the doctor. I had a little bulge in the area, but no other problems. The doctor performed an exam but said there was no descension into the sac... leaving him to believe I may have diverticulitus. I was prescribed Cipro and Flagyl. Again, I had no fever, or abnormal bowel movements. Every thing was normal. After 4 days on meds, I feel like total crap. The pain is more intense and localized and I've made frequent trips to the bathroom. I stopped taking the meds earlier and my appetite is beginning to return and I'm returning to normal bathroom habits. I'm having a hard time believing it's diverticulitus with the few symptoms I was experiencing. What do you think?  (Dec 14, 2008 | post #1)

Leesburg, GA

Fenstermaker's Loss a Reminder

After reading about the Fenstermaker’s loss of a beloved family member, Clifford, to pit bull attack, I cannot help but recall the similar experience of my elderly parents, David and Eloise Clearman, in February 2007. While spending part of the afternoon in their fenced-in back yard with their six, small dogs, a neighbor’s pit bull jumped the fence and initiated a vicious attack. Eloise (70) and David (76) fought not only to save their small dogs, but the pit bull as well. Only as a last resort did my dad shoot and kill the pit bull. When it was over, my mom suffered a bite to the hand and my dad a broken hand, three dogs were seriously injured, and a beloved family member, Lacey, was fatally mauled. I wanted to take my mother to the emergency room, but the Albany Police Department refused, calling an ambulance instead. The police confiscated my dad’s gun and returned the pit bull to the owner without verifying whether it had received rabies vaccinations, resulting in a series of painful rabies shots to my already ailing mom. The police department claimed they were unaware my mom was bitten, despite calling an ambulance to treat the bite. The Albany Police Department refused to press charges against the pit bull owner, instead threatening to charge my dad with discharging a firearm within the city limits and cruelty to animals. The APD’s reasoning was that my 76 year-old dad did not do all he could to prevent the death of the pit bull. Calls and emails to Police Chief James Younger, City Manager Alfred Lott, District Attorney Ken Hodges, and Mayor Willie Adams were not returned. I should also note that Chief Younger refused to engage me on Wk,ALG-1590’s “Wake-Up Albany”. In the end, my parents were out several thousand dollars in veterinary and doctor bills, and most importantly, their beloved Yorkie, Lacey; the owner of the pit bull suffered no consequences. No attorney would take the case. To the Fenstermaker family, I understand your loss and you have my sympathies. I will never forget the sight of my mom sobbing as she held Lacey for the last time. Unlike the Albany Police Department, it appears the Leesburg Police Department takes its mission “To Serve and Protect” seriously. It is up to all Leesburg residents, including myself, to hold the city council’s feet to the fire and prevent this from happening to one of our children.  (Sep 3, 2008 | post #1)

Albany, GA

Fenstermaker's Loss a Reminder

After reading about the Fenstermaker’s loss of a beloved family member, Clifford, to pit bull attack, I cannot help but recall the similar experience of my elderly parents, David and Eloise Clearman, in February 2007. While spending part of the afternoon in their fenced-in back yard with their six, small dogs, a neighbor’s pit bull jumped the fence and initiated a vicious attack. Eloise (70) and David (76) fought not only to save their small dogs, but the pit bull as well. Only as a last resort did my dad shoot and kill the pit bull. When it was over, my mom suffered a bite to the hand and my dad a broken hand, three dogs were seriously injured, and a beloved family member, Lacey, was fatally mauled. I wanted to take my mother to the emergency room, but the Albany Police Department refused, calling an ambulance instead. The police confiscated my dad’s gun and returned the pit bull to the owner without verifying whether it had received rabies vaccinations, resulting in a series of painful rabies shots to my already ailing mom. The police department claimed they were unaware my mom was bitten, despite calling an ambulance to treat the bite. The Albany Police Department refused to press charges against the pit bull owner, instead threatening to charge my dad with discharging a firearm within the city limits and cruelty to animals. The APD’s reasoning was that my 76 year-old dad did not do all he could to prevent the death of the pit bull. Calls and emails to Police Chief James Younger, City Manager Alfred Lott, District Attorney Ken Hodges, and Mayor Willie Adams were not returned. I should also note that Chief Younger refused to engage me on Wk,ALG-1590’s “Wake-Up Albany”. In the end, my parents were out several thousand dollars in veterinary and doctor bills, and most importantly, their beloved Yorkie, Lacey; the owner of the pit bull suffered no consequences. No attorney would take the case. To the Fenstermaker family, I understand your loss and you have my sympathies. I will never forget the sight of my mom sobbing as she held Lacey for the last time. Unlike the Albany Police Department, it appears the Leesburg Police Department takes its mission “To Serve and Protect” seriously. It is up to all Leesburg residents, including myself, to hold the city council’s feet to the fire and prevent this from happening to one of our children.  (Sep 3, 2008 | post #1)