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I have been having lower stomach and severe back pain. i was hospitalized for a bowel obstruction. now i've been diagnosed with two hernias. are the problems related?

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Dr. Boris Aronzon answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

May be: Difficult to say: what was the reason for obstruction and what type of hernias do you have? Hernia can cause obstruction. Incisional hernia can happen after surgery.

Answered 2/10/2013

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Dr. Arthur Heller answered

Specializes in Gastroenterology

Could be: Hernias: external (abd wall or groin), or internal (hiatal-opening in diaphragm for esophagus to enter stomach, or other internal "ruptures"). If bowel gets caught, and stuck (incarcerated) can cause bowel obstruction. If bowel gets caught, blood supply compromised, it is strangulated- surgical emergency. There are other causes for obstruction, incl. Adhesions-internal scars, masses, other.

Answered 2/10/2013

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Dr. Yash Khanna answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Not related but if: You did not say what kind of hernias you have.If the hernias are inguinal or femoral than it is not related.But if you have incisional or ventral hernia it may be related to surgery if you had any for intestinal obstruction we do not know what your newly diagnosed hernias are.

Answered 12/9/2013

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Dr. Wendell Goins answered

Specializes in Vascular Surgery

Not sure: I am not sure whether you have had abdominal surgery before by your question , however if you have required surgery before and your hernias are a result of the previous surgeries then your abdominal pain could be related . You need to see your surgeon and that should answer your concerns.

Answered 2/26/2013

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Dr. Erik Borncamp answered

Specializes in Wound care

Can be. : If your bowel is trapped in your hernia it can be linked and cause N obstruction If pain is 'severe' go to ER. Delay may result in dead intestine

Answered 8/3/2017

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