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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. Rohit Keswani
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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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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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9wk baby has an umbilical hernia thats growing, its around 2cm in diameter when he isnt straining and turns blue when he cries. Will he need surgery?

9wk baby has an umbilical hernia thats growing, its around 2cm in diameter when he isnt straining and turns blue when he cries. Will he need surgery?

Agree... possible: Your former answer says it all. Monitor the hernia and follow-up with your pediatrician regularly. One thing to remember is to check the hernia if your child becomes inconsolable. Though rare, the bowels can become "stuck" in the hernia. Again, this is rare but serious so remember to check the hernia if your child is inconsolable. ...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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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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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

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Can years of straining from hard stools and a significant amount of time laying at a odd angle when in bed increase your risk for a hernia ?

Can years of straining from hard stools and a significant amount of time laying at a odd angle when in bed increase your risk for a hernia ?

Yes ... and No.: Straining increases the pressure on our muscles and tissues in the abdomen. Excessive straining can take a slightly weak spot and stretch it enough to create a hernia (opening in the abdominal wall muscles). Not everyone who strains gets hernias; and not everyone with hernias has been straining, as there are many causes of hernias. Laying at an odd angle is not a cause of hernias. Good luck! ...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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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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Please explain what are some symptom differences between groin strain and hernia?

Please explain what are some symptom differences between groin strain and hernia?

Hernia symptoms: They can include pain located in the groin or below the groin crease: bulging, pain , a lump , tenderness or even changes in bowel or bladder habits. Meet with your surgeon to get testing, examined and determine if its a true hernia ie a hole or a defect in the area or if its a musculoskeletal strain/tear. ...Read more

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What are the symptom differences between a groin strain and a hernia? Would they be similar?

What are the symptom differences between a groin strain and a hernia? Would they be similar?

Yes: Symptoms can be very similar for both a groin strain and hernia. Usually with a hernia a physician or patient can feel a bulge at the site of the hernia. With a groin strain, no bulge is felt. However small hernias can cause significant symptoms and they can be small enough to not feel a bulge very well. A good history of the pain and exam can help differentiate. ...Read more

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My 6 week old has an umbilical hernia that gets bigger than his fist when he cries & strains. His Dr says its ok. How do I know if surgery is needed?

My 6 week old has an umbilical hernia that gets bigger than his fist when he cries & strains. His Dr says its ok. How do I know if surgery is needed?

Usually not needed: Umbilical hernias usually do not require surgery - is correct. We usually wait till about 2 years of age & if not going away by then we do consider it mainly for cosmetic reasons and esp if large. If the hernia cannot be put back in ( reduced) or if baby cries incessantly and cries more if hernia is touched, or the skin over it becomes read and swollen - even turns colors , visit ER. ...Read more

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3 hernias fixed 1/29 than muscle thickened n pulling pain by mesh So scar tissue cut out 6/25. I felt pulling pain again when straining on accident. What is causing the pain? Will it ever be ok?

3 hernias fixed 1/29 than muscle thickened n pulling pain by mesh So scar tissue cut out 6/25. I felt pulling pain again when straining on accident.  What is causing the pain? Will it ever be ok?

Have Doc follow you: Surgery-related pain can be annoying and cumbersome to patients and dismayed to surgeons. Its resolution can be lengthy and unpredictable. As to what causes the pain, it's of no doubt that irritating the nerve endings in / near surgical sites by physical movement is the culprit. But in most of cases, body's self-healing/remolding will heal, but not always. So, see Doc timely & learn to cope with. ...Read more

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A year ago i had femoral hernia repair recently i felt something bust or pop open now there is constant pain. What could the popping sensation be?

A year ago i had femoral hernia repair recently i felt something bust or pop open now there is constant pain. What could the popping sensation be?

Recurrence: If you feel a bulge in the area of you're previous hernia repair or pain you may have a recurrence. I would get re-evaluated by your surgeon. I would refrain from doing any heavy lifting or abdominal exercises until you see your physician. ...Read more

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I have a pain in my lower left quadrant. Practically in my left side groin area. Is there a way to find out if it is a strain or a hernia? No bulge

I have a pain in my lower left quadrant. Practically in my left side groin area. Is there a way to find out if it is a strain or a hernia? No bulge

Exam : A physical examination is the best way to tell whether not you have a hernia in your groin. This can be done by your primary care provider. On occasion, dynamic ultrasound or ct scan can help, but this is unusual. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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