I had a hernia repaired back in August of 05. I am a female and I had an inguinal hernia(typically a male hernia). there was a visible bulge. Did the gyno check your bladder? I only ask this befcause I had left sided pain through to the back and hip and it was a urinary tract infection. that was strange for me as well because i drink a gllaon of water a day. I have been on Keflex since Saturday and today the left sided pain is gone. Is there a bulge there or no? The hernia is located in the muscle wall, so I dont understand how it could hurt in someone back but i am not a doc.....the repair, (if you have one) is not too bad. mine was done laporoscopic and was done in less than an hour. Within a week I felt pretty good! Good Luck to you!