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Can I run while having a hernia?

Can I run while having a hernia?

Usually.: Aerobic exercise is unlikely to irritate an existing hernia unless it has reached a size where bowel incarceration is possible. If your hernia is small and not causing significant symptoms, keep on running! ...Read more

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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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Can I run while I have a hernia?

Can I run while I have a hernia?

Depends on…: Location & size of hernia as well as whether it is at risk for incarceration (entrapment of loop/s of bowel). If it is small & easily reducible, wearing support to protect the hernia should allow you to run. If hernia worsens after running, see fp/surgeon about possible repair surgery. ...Read more

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Living with a Hernia (Checklist)

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Can I run or jog with and ing uinal hernia?

Can I run or jog with and ing uinal hernia?

Yes: But watch for signs of increasing discomfort or increased hernia swelling, which would indicate a need for rest & relaxation for a while. Have you seen a doctor to get instructions that are best for your specific condition? ...Read more

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Does having a hernia run in families?

Does having a hernia run in families?

Somewhat: Hernias are more common in males, and there can be a hereditary type condition in which some men inherit collagen fibers are weaker or more likely to form hernias. ...Read more

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Should I wear my hernia belt while I run?

Should I wear  my hernia belt while I run?

If it helps.: A hernia belt may help support an area where a hernia is present, which can minimize the discomfort related to the hernia. Furthermore, it may reduce the risk of bowel getting stuck in the hernia, although this is unproven. Ultimately, the best thing to do would be to have the hernia surgically repaired--at 32, you are awfully young for wearing a hernia belt. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does running require the use of supporters? I run 2-3 kms at the speed of 9kmph.Can this lead to hernia

Does running require the use of supporters? I run 2-3 kms at the speed of 9kmph.Can this lead to hernia

No: A hernia is a defect in the abdominal wall. Some premature infants are born with this. Otherwise people acquire them by straining their abdominal wall too hard, perhaps by lifting or moving. The abdominal wall if strong and healthy is less likely to acquire this defect. The weakest part of the abdominal wall is near the groin. A supporter (jock strap) holds the testicles in place. ...Read more

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I'm an athlete with a minor hernia that is causes extreme pain when i run i i get surgery how fast will i be able to return to my intense running?

Inguinal hernia : It depends how you get it done. If you get done the traditional way , with a groin cut and mesh it will take you six weeks at least to heal completely. If you find a surgeon that does laparoscopic (tepp) hernia repair then you can get back to normal much quicker. ...Read more

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