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running and incisional abdominal hernias

Hello, I am a 36 y/o female. 4 weeks ago I had an appendectomy (ruptured) and 2 days later was opened up vertically from about 3 inches above my belly button to 3 inches below due to abscesses that had formed and a bowel obstruction.  Approx. 2 weeks ago, I developed a large lump under the upper portion of my incision, directly below my rib cage basically.  My doctors believe that this is more than likely an incisional hernia, and after reading more about them I also believe this is probably accurate.  My question is this:  Can I resume a running routine with this issue? I was training for a 5K and would still like to do it but am fearful I may injure myself more.  I do experience pain and discomfort regularly still, more often when sitting up and I do take pain medication to control it.  Any insite would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.
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Hi there!

I would not recommend running atleast for the first few weeks till the incisional area heals and builds up strength. Later you may initiate running after consultation with your doctor, though exercises that put pressure on the abdomen such as bending forwards etc would need to be avoided.
Hope this helps.

Take care!
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