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Do I have hernia I received pain when I was working out my abs. I still hve pain; its 3 weeks later. The pain is getting betteris it ab muscle strain?

Do I have hernia I received pain when I was working out my abs. I still hve pain; its 3 weeks later. The pain is getting betteris it ab muscle strain?

Not necessarily: Hernia is possible, but muscle strain more likely. Is there a knot or swelling in the sore/painful area? Muscle strains can takes a long to to heal and resolve. If it continues see you doctor. An exam is needed to determine if it is a hernia. ...Read more

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Inguinal hernia repair 35 years ago. Recently have discomfort. Could it just be muscle strain from exercising or is there a chance of recurrance?

Inguinal hernia repair 35 years ago. Recently have discomfort. Could it just be muscle strain from exercising or is there a chance of recurrance?

Either possible: After a hernia repair there's always a chance of reoccurrence. If your pain continues, see your doctor to evaluate. If there is a reoccurrence, consider repeat surgery. ...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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Weird muscle pain on left side near bladder maybe strain no bulge but sore? Maybe hernia doubtful without lump?

Weird muscle pain on left side near bladder maybe strain no bulge but sore? Maybe hernia doubtful without lump?

Doctor can evaluate: There are many causes of pain in the left lower abdomen, pubic area, and groin, such as bowel problems (including a hernia), an infection, or a tumor. A primary care doctor can evaluate if the pain is mild or moderate. If there begins to be severe pain, one may need evaluation at the Emergency Room, with perhaps urine tests, blood tests, and maybe CT and/or ultrasound scanning. ...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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Symptoms of groin strain or hernia?

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?

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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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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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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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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How can I tell if I have a pulled muscle or a hernia?

How can I tell if I have a pulled muscle or a hernia?

Hernia is a bulge: A hernia often has a bulge where a pulled muscle will just have pain. Hernias have pain often because they also cause the muscle and the fascia to "pull." if you have a bulge in the area, and it can be massaged back into place - you have a hernia and should see a surgeon. Otherwise, ice and advil (ibuprofen) should do the trick. Good luck and happy new year. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a pulled muscle or a hernia?

How can I tell if I have a pulled muscle or a hernia?

Depends on location: Sometimes with a hernia you
Can feel mass but I can see a mass with tendonitis you will need an evaluation ...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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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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Same symptoms three years, I've had discomfort in the inguinal area. Doctors have ruled out hernia, and told groin me strain. What else can it be?

Doubt??? Strain: May be a hernia other than the common Inguinal hernia, There are other hernias of that area such a femoral / obturator hernias. Seek consult from a Gen Surgeon and get a MRI of the pelvis ...Read more

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I have a bulge right under my sternum when I cough or strain had repair years ago with mesh, is it possible toget another hernia?

I have a bulge right under my sternum when I cough or strain had repair years ago with mesh, is it possible toget another hernia?

Its possible: Recurrent hernias do occur. The bulge is suggestive of hernia. Okay to check in with your doc for exam and ultrasound and/or ct scan to make diagnosis. It is possible you will need a redo hernia repair. ...Read more

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Can weak ab wall causing insides to rise during strain with ultrasound but no sign of hernias, be just another symptom/result from eds?

Hmmmm: Sounds like you have a condition called diastasis recti, which is the separation of your abd muscle laterally causing a bulging in the middle. No hernia though. ...Read more

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My fiancé says when he walks and lifts his legs his testicals hurt. Could that mean he has a hernia? Or pulled a muscle? What should we do

My fiancé says when he walks and lifts his legs his testicals hurt. Could that mean he has a hernia? Or pulled a muscle? What should we do

Non specific: Complaint! Not sufficient for a diagnosis. If it bothers him enough he should be examined by his family practitioner. ...Read more

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I usually strain during bowl movements and I have a small hiatus hernia which causes me no problems. Will it enlarge if I keep straining?

Theoretically yes: But probably not. But straining at stool can cause other problems, such as hemorrhoids, inguinal hernias, etc. And chronic constipation can lead to colon problems such as diverticulosis, volvulus, and even cancer. You should consult with your doctor to increase your fiber intake and other measures. ...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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Can my hernia make me feel like I pulled a muscle in my lower right back there is a lot of pain where my hernia is located and in my back?

Can my hernia make me feel like I pulled a muscle in my lower right back there is a lot of pain where my hernia is located and in my back?

Two problems: It is possible you have two separate problems. Check in with your doc/surgeon. The back pain may impact your risk/benefit analysis for elective hernia repair. Once you address one problem, the second problem often simplifies. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for symptoms of a hernia to show up after the muscles are strained?

How long is it supposed to it take for symptoms of a hernia to show up after the muscles are strained?

Not related: Muscle strain does not cause a hernia to form. Muscle strains resolve with local heat, rest and anti-inflammatory medication (ibuprofen). Hernias are a weakness through the abdominal wall, do not heal on their own, and are not related to a strain injury. ...Read more

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I think I may have 2 hernias on my groin area from heavy lifting the knots are sore to touch but do not hurt when I cough or strain. Still hernias? '

I think I may have 2 hernias on my groin area from heavy lifting the knots are sore to touch but do not hurt when I cough or strain. Still hernias? '

Yes possible: You need to be checked by a physician if you have hernia, yes two separate areas of break may appear as two hernias Your doctor wilted you if it is hernia or not. If you have advisable to get it fixed by a simple out patient procedure ...Read more

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Hi, I had an open Inguinal hernia repair without mesh ten days ago and I feel ok now. I wanna know when can I back to gym and workout with high strain.

Hi, I had an open Inguinal hernia repair without mesh ten days ago and I feel ok now. I wanna know when can I back to gym and workout with high strain.

Why?: Nobody since 1990 will repair a hernia without the screen
sorry to be the one that give you the bad news.
I know you are in Iran, and they might be doing things differently there. Or they might not have the screen because of the economic boycott, but repair the hernia without a screen will increase your chance to have a recurrence from 5-10% to 35-40%
go back to regular workout you need 3 months. ...Read more

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Lifted a heavy object and felt tingling in left testicle. Local doc says no hernia, just pulled a muscle down there. But Scrotum is tight/retracted?!

Hernia to be.: You did stretch the muscle around the area where the cord pass.
there is a natural opening there called the ring, there is internal, and external. The ring might becomes wider after heavy lifting, which will promote the making of a hernia in the future, the doctor might not feel a full blown hernia yet, that why it called, a hernia want to be.
apply heat, take ibuprofen, and avoid heavy lifting. ...Read more

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Had inguinal hernia surgery 16 days ago. Have what feels like a pulled muscle above and to the left of the incision area on left side. Is this normal?

Had inguinal hernia surgery 16 days ago. Have what feels like a pulled muscle above and to the left of the incision area on left side. Is this normal?

Sounds normal: It is very common to feel a variety of aches, pains, pulling, and sensations difficult to describe after surgery. This is particularly common in her is surgery. These feelings can last years, but decrease steadily in frequency and severity, an almost always don't cause a major problem. Call your surgeon if you think something is wrong. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Hello. I have a groin strain, where Rectus Abdominus attaches to Pubis Symphsis, It is swollen and tender. Could I have caused myself an inguinal hernia?

Location, location!: The pubic symphysis is right in the middle of the pelvis (straight down from the umbilicus). An inguinal hernia causes a lump in the groin (left or right) and may or may not be painful or tender. ...Read more

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8weeks after inguinal hernia repair I did a light ab workout, pain returned, doctors say it's prob pulled muscle, it seems swollen and bigger when pee?

8weeks after inguinal hernia repair I did a light ab workout, pain returned, doctors say it's prob pulled muscle, it seems swollen and bigger when pee?

Reinjury?: You could have possibly disrupted the suture line for the repair, or if mesh plug used extruded the plug from the repaired defect. Ask treating surgeons for ultrasound to evaluate the bulging area you refer to. It could be muscle pull or you could have torn some post op adhesions but you warrant a better evaluation. ...Read more

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For about 7 months, I have had an aching feeling in my testicles, lower back and groin/lower abdomen that comes and goes. Surgeon said it was not a hernia and suggested a strain. It's not painful.

For about 7 months, I have had an aching feeling in my testicles, lower back and groin/lower abdomen that comes and goes. Surgeon said it was not a hernia and suggested a strain. It's not painful.

Maybe kidney stone: Your description is classic for a kidney stone that is small or has not yet passed. The testicle will begin to ache and this can go on for some time. Also, you can have lower back and abdomen and groin pain, sometimes along the inner thigh. You should have your urine tested for microscopic blood which would support this diagnosis. Otherwise, there are lots of options-epididymitis, std, cancer. ...Read more

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I just had hernia surgery a week ago and had to strain to have a bowel movement and now have vaginal bleeding could it be from the surgery?

I just had hernia surgery a week ago and had to strain to have a bowel movement and now have vaginal bleeding could it be from the surgery?

Unlikely: Straining to have a BM might cause pain at site of hernia repair but I can't see the connection to vaginal bleeding unless you have GYN problems unrelated to the surgery. If bleeding persists see your OB/GYN. ...Read more

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