Well, more than 30 years after starting lifting, I have apparently develop a hernia. No terrible pain or significant protrusion of anything through the abdominal wall or into the inguinal canal - but a periodic burning at a specific spot in the inguinal area on the right side, really not occurring more than once per week.
PCP says that, if I were someone who was sedentary (or he could trust to slow down and lighten up ;<)) he might suggest watchful waiting. But knowing otherwise, he has consulted me to a surgeon for his opinion on whether to go ahead and fix it now. Just what I needed within a few weeks after turning 55
Anyway - Looking for any other insight into the whole process, from surgery, to recovery, to any ongoing issues in the longer term.