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Do I have a hernia if it pops out when I strain?

Do I have a hernia if it pops out when I strain?

Sounds like a hernia: Hernias are holes in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining of the abdominal cavity stretches out, creating a sac. Common locations include the groin, the navel, and the upper middle abdomen. Hernias tend to protrude with any activity that increases abdominal pressure including straining, coughing, lifting, etc. I suggest you see a primary care doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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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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Can you tell me how to know if I have a hernia injury or a groin strain?

Can you tell me how to know if I have a hernia injury or a groin strain?

Lump: A hernia often has a lump associated with the area of pain. Physical exam is the best way to diagnose a groin hernia, but sometimes a variety of imaging studies are necessary depending on how bad the symptoms are. Best place to start is with a primary care provider. ...Read more

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I think I have a hernia, but got diagnose with groin strain. There was no ultra sound done. Still in a fair amount of pain. What do you guys think?

Exam is best: Physical exam is usuay the best test for a hernia, unless tenderness and/or obesity limit the quality is the exam. An ultrasound can help, but not usually. Groin strain takes a while to get better, so probably correct. You can always return for a follow up visit if it persists. Another exam is not a terrible idea. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Having pain, pressure and popping sound with large incional hernia. N/v unable to have bm. Is this normal it hasnt hurt before.?

Having pain, pressure and popping sound with large incional hernia. N/v unable to have bm. Is this normal it hasnt hurt before.?

Get to a doctor: It sounds like your intestines may have become stuck in the hernia and you have developed a blockage. I would go to the nearest emergency room as soon as possible and be evaluated by a physician as hernia complications may require emergency surgery. ...Read more

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Symptoms of groin strain or hernia?

Usually pain: Especially on exertion. If it is a true inguinal hernia, you might also see a lump. If this lump becomes painful or tender, it is time to see surgeon for possible surgical repair. If it is just a strain, it should get better with rest and mild analgesics. ...Read more

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What do I do if my groin hernia keeps popping out?

Push it back: You have a defect in the fibromuscular wall of your abdominal cavity. Your intestine is pushing its way into the opening and you can push it back inside. Eventually you will need this fixed as there is a small risk of strangulation or twisting of the intestine doing this. Surgery will close the defect and prevent the protrusion. ...Read more

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Chest pain and popping in between lungs, hernia or something else?

Chest pain and popping in between lungs, hernia or something else?

Popping: That's an unusual description. Is the popping under the skin? (it would be a sign of pneumothorax which is very serious). Is it only with deep breath? Are you short of breath? Coughing? More information is necessary. ...Read more

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Can the strain from oral sex when you have an orgasm cause a hernia?

Can the strain from oral sex when you have an orgasm  cause a hernia?

Possibly: Technically, any sort of straining which increases the pressure of the abdominal cavity can cause a hernia. The usual mechanism is lifting something heavy, but the mechanism you proposed is possible. Hernias occur more easily in males (because the leftover tunnel from development is larger), but they can happen to females too. If you think you may have a hernia, visit your doctor. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Please describethe symptom differences between groin strain and hernia?

Please describethe symptom differences between groin strain and hernia?

Sometimes they are: Very similar. A severe strain can fail to heal and progress to a hernia. Or it could heal without hernia formation. ...Read more

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Is it possible that coughing can just strain the muscles & not be a hernia?

Is it possible that coughing can just strain the muscles & not be a hernia?

Yes: Hernia is possible, but muscle strain more likely. If it continues see you doctor. An exam is needed to determine if it is a hernia. ...Read more