A 17-year-old male asked:
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when ever i cough my left side feels like something is bulging out i've been having pain there for 2 months the gi doesn't know why. is it a hernia?

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Dr. Joshua Batt
9 years experience Emergency Medicine
Possible: Hernia's are caused by abdominal wall defects. Coughing increases the pressure in the abdomen and may increase the chances that a hernia results. See your primary doctor, or urgent care for further examination.
Answered on Mar 12, 2014
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Dr. Kirpal Singh
24 years experience General Surgery
May be: If ur worried about a hernia, talk to ur primary care doc. If they can't tell, they can order ct or refer u to a surgeon.
Answered on Jan 5, 2019
Dr. Yash Khanna
57 years experience Family Medicine
Yes it may be: Make an appointment with your doctor and he can examine you when you cough and feel the bulge which will be palpable and reducible with his hand and he can tell you if you have hernia, and can refer you to a surgeon.
Answered on Nov 8, 2013

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