It is possible that the cyst has got larger after your surgery and the stretching has caused it to become painful. It’s also possible that after your hernia repair you could have ‘referred pain’ – that’s pain that starts at one site in your body and is felt in another. This happens because some nerves supply more than one part of the body and the brain can’t distinguish the messages it gets.
Even if surgery is successful, it is possible to get scar tissue which can cause pain from time to time. The problem with scar tissue is that removing it involves more surgery, and can often cause more scarring. This sort of pain may respond to simple painkillers such as paracetamol. However, if it’s only happening occasionally and doesn’t last for long you would have to take painkillers regularly to avoid it, since even the most fast-acting tablets take about 20 minutes to work.
You may find that within the next few months the pain settles down, since it can take some months for the body to get back to normal.
Answered by Dr Sarah Jarvis.
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