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Is loosing weight initially associated with early symptom of ingenuial hernia? When abdominal wall weakens does blood test show anything?

Is loosing weight initially associated with early symptom of ingenuial hernia? When abdominal wall weakens does blood test show anything?

Hernias: Hernias can protrude with weight loss. The fat that was plugging the opening may shrink and allow fat or abdominal organs to protrude. You should start with a physical exam to see if your hernia can be felt. A general surgeon or general internist can examine you. If it is small, an ultrasound or ct scan can image the hernia. Blood tests will not help. ...Read more

Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining protrudes thru, creating a sac. Organs from within the abdominal cavity, such as the intestine, can protrude thru the hole and get stuck in the sac. Many hernias develop during fetal life and become evident in childhood or as an adult. Some develop following a prior abdominal operation. The cornerstone ...Read more


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Are there exercises which strengthens the abdominal wall and which can help against developing a hernia in first place?

Are there exercises which strengthens the abdominal wall and which can help against developing a hernia in first place?

No: Many people with strong abdominal muscles get hernias, and many people with weaker muscles don't have hernias. There is most likely a genetic predisposition to hernia formation based on the types of connective tissue that any given individual has. Keep exercising though, its great for lots of other things! ...Read more

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When I do a crunch my abdominal wall axis protrudes up like a pup tent. Is this a lateral hernia or a diastis recti? No protruding lumps when relaxed.

When I do a crunch my abdominal wall axis protrudes up like a pup tent. Is this a lateral hernia or a diastis recti? No protruding lumps when relaxed.

Diastasis: Is likely from what you describe, if what you are seeing is located in the upper middle of the abdominal wall. Diastasis can be quite common ; nothing of concern. See your doctor if it is uncomfortable or bothersome to you to be sure it is nothing else. ...Read more

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Had 4 hernias repaired n mesh. New CT had anterior abdominal wall hernia. Pain my r. Side of naval by mesh. Do I need it fixed, yes hurts off n on.

Had 4 hernias repaired n mesh. New CT had anterior abdominal wall hernia. Pain my r. Side of naval by mesh. Do I need it fixed, yes hurts off n on.

Increased risk: Abdominal wall hernias are repaired to prevent bowel from becoming stuck (incarcerated) in the hernia. Blood flow can become compromised, intestinal blockages and pain also occur. Larger hernias are safer then smaller ones. Each time a hernia is repaired the chance of success goes down. Weigh loss, smoking cessation, exercise, and good nutrition can improve your outcome. You have to weigh options ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of an abdominal hernia?

What are the symptoms of an abdominal hernia?

Lump and pain: Hernias on the abdominal wall typical cause pain and/or discomfort, and are also typically associated with a lump under the skin at the location of the hernia. This lump is larger with standing and coughing. Best diagnosed by a physical exam, ok to start with your primary care. Timing depends on duration and severity of symptoms. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Please explain what are some symptoms of abdominal hernia ?

Please explain what are some symptoms of abdominal hernia ?

Pain and Bulge: Typical symptoms of a hernia are pain or discomfort, and a bulge under the skin that is more pronounced with coughing, andaybbe even disappear when lying down. If your concerned, see your promary care provider for an exam. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What is the difference between a weak spot in the abdomen wall and a hernia?

What is the difference between a weak spot in the abdomen wall and a hernia?

Spectrum of disease: A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall through which intra abdominal contents can protrude, and appear as a lump under the skin. These holes sometimes start out with a thinning of the muscles, which is more typical for inguinal (groin) hernia. The weakness does not allow passage of abdominal contents, thus is not dangerous. It may however be a precursor for a hernia. ...Read more

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What does an intestinal/abdominal hernia feel like (symptoms)?

What does an intestinal/abdominal hernia feel like (symptoms)?

Hernia: Well, they can range from being completely asymptomatic to causing things like a bulge, pain, swelling, redness, nausea, vomiting, intestinal obstruction. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of hernia in women in abdomen?

What are symptoms of hernia in women in abdomen?

Same as a man: Abdominal wall hernias typically cause pain, discomfort, and/or a bulge that can be pushed back inside the abdominal cavity. There are however atypical hernias that can be different. See your doctor for persistent or worsening symptoms. ...Read more

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