I appreciate the feedback
the hernia I had when I was 5 was much lower down than where my bulge is now, it was in the groin area. When I suggested to my doctor not long ago that it might possibly be a hernia, he explained to me that it was very unlikely for me to get a hernia in that location for my age. I will definitely take your advice though and see him when it is more obvious, then maybe he will change his mind haha, so thanks
I am not looking forward to having an operation done though, I have a really bad phobia of being sick - does anybody know anything I can ask for which will help prevent it when I wake from anaesthetic?