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Can I check myself to see if I have a hernia?

Can I check myself to see if I have a hernia?

Look: Look at the area you have concern and see if there is a bulge that can be pushed in. Usually is pretty obvious. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

The ascendence of the gastroesophageal junction into the chest above the diaphragm through the ...Read more


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I have a hiatal hernia. If I don't stick to a diet since I have bad acid reflux what will happen? Will I have to see my GI every year for a check up?

I have a hiatal hernia. If I don't stick to a diet since I have bad acid reflux what will happen? Will I have to see my GI every year for a check up?

Check up: You should check up yearly. Your doctor will monitor your progress. If you have good control then perhaps no changes will be needed. As you age having a doctor who knows you well and can offer good advice is priceless. They can save you an operation or recommend an operation and save your life. That is what they try to do every day. ...Read more

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I think I have a hernia but the GI can't see me until 1/7/16. Would waiting that long be ok? I've been in pain for 3.5 yrs.

I think I have a hernia but the GI can't see me until 1/7/16. Would waiting that long be ok? I've been in pain for 3.5 yrs.

Need surgeon not GI: Hernias can be dangerous and an emergency if they get caught and can cause intestinal blockage or gangrene but if you have had symptoms for that long it would be unusual for it to be an emergency unless pain is suddenly severe and different. They only definitive care for a hernia is surgery so you need to see a surgeon not a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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I think I have a hernia. How can I confirm this without going to see a doctor?

I think I have a hernia. How can I confirm this without going to see a doctor?

Disappearing bulge: For abdominal and groin hernias, there is usual a bulge that goes away when you lay down and/or push it back in the abdominal cavity. This represents abdominal contents coming through a hole (hernia). If you have one, you should see you primary care provider at the next available appointment. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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My family dr. Said I have a hernia and"cystocele with prolapse". I am a 51 year old female. What needs to be done? What type of dr do I need to see, and what needs to be done. How many surgeries will it take to fix the problem? How long would my recovery

My family dr. Said I have a hernia and"cystocele with prolapse". I am a 51 year old female. What needs to be done? What type of dr do I need to see, and what needs to be done. How many surgeries will it take to fix the problem? How long would my recovery

You: You should be evaluated by a urogynecologic surgeon who has experience with repairing these type of hernias which can be quite complicated. If you are over weight, then losing weight is perhaps the most important thing that you can do. In addition, avoid constipation and straining when you urinate. ...Read more

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I have a hernia above my belly button, do I need to see a dr?

I have a hernia above my belly button, do I need to see a dr?

Good idea: It would be a good idea to have a physical examination, and have a doctor examine the area. Some hernias can be observed, and many are better to be repaired. Does the hernia bother you or cause discomfort? Without a physical examination it is hard to tell what you should do. ...Read more

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Can you refuse a hernia check?

Absolutely: You can refuse any exam or treatment. You just may not get appropriate care. A hernia exam is quick and painless and may detect a problem earlier than just waiting for symptoms to occur. It's usually the rectal exam that most people refuse! ...Read more

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Can you always see your hernia?

Can you always see your hernia?

Some yes, some no: Hernia=an organ or part of an organ protruding beyond/outside of its cavity through a defect in the wall. You cannot see hiatal hernia (stomach up in lung area) without imaging or during surgery. Large surgical hernias can be seen/felt all the time. Smaller reducible umbilical/inguinal hernias often can be seen/felt better in upright position etc. If you have concern, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do I check myself for a hernia?

How do I check myself for a hernia?

Difficult: Hard to do that type of exam on yourself, but in general a hernia (groin & umbilical most common) will be a noticeable bulge or lump at the site that may be slightly tender. It would be a lump that you could see or feel. See a doctor for a proper exam. ...Read more

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What are the signs of hernia or can you see it?

What are the signs of hernia or can you see it?

Varies: Symptoms from a hernia can range from no symptoms up to an abdominal wall or groin swelling associated with discomfort or pain. Incarcerated hernias are a suddenly severely painful hernia swelling possibly associated with nausea and vomiting. ...Read more

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The first two times I was checked for a hernia I got a boner. Is that ok?

The first two times I was checked for a hernia I got a boner. Is that ok?

Yes: Do not be embarrassed, erections during examination are not uncommon, individuals respond differently to a variety of stimuli. Healthcare providers are accustomed to these physiologic variations in response - you can minimize this response by focusing on something else during the exam. ...Read more

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How to check for a hernia on your belly?

Hernia: You may feel discomfort and may see a bulge at the hernia site. Most common hernias are in the groins or by the umbilical area. You may not be able to tell yourself without a physical examination with a doctor. ...Read more

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How do you check for a hernia on yourself?

How do you check for a hernia on yourself?

Groin swelling: The recommendation is to see your doctor. If you have a large enough hernia you should be able to see a swelling or lump at the site if the hernia and if you cough and look or put your hand on the area you should be able to feel a cough impulse which is diagnostic of a hernia. ...Read more

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How can the ol' spoon under the balls and coughing check for hernia?

How can the ol' spoon under the balls and coughing check for hernia?

No spoon: The physicals exam places an index finger into the external inguinal ring using the excess skin on the scrotum to allow this to happen. If someone is spooning you in a doctors office, you may want to question the practice. ...Read more

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How long would soreness last after hernia check?

Varies with each: Hernias that are easily reduced may not have much pain. If a hernia becomes stuck in scar tissue (incarcerated) it can be quite difficult and painful to reduce. If the hernia is reduced, along with a ring of scar tissue (reduction 'en masse') pain may continue until surgery is performed to fix it. ...Read more

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What is the proceedure for checking an inginual hernia and can I continue to wear my panty girdle for support?

In most cases: Physical exam by a surgeon is all you need for accurate diagnosis of an inguinal hernia. In some cases, an ultrasound can provide more information. Panty girdle is probably not adequate support. Specially designed hernia truss is sometimes helpful, but surgery is best solution. Consult a surgeon for specific recommendation in your case. ...Read more

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