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I found out today that I have a hernia. Are there any restrictions as to what I can and cannot do until I have surgery to fix it?

I found out today that I have a hernia. Are there any restrictions as to what I can and cannot do until I have surgery to fix it?

Yes: Without knowing the exact hernia condition, I can say that generally speaking, you should avoid any vigorous exercise or lifting anything more than 10 pounds. These are very general restrictions and you may need to be more or less restrictive based on your particular condition. ...Read more

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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Can Hiatal Hernia resolve on own? If I lose weight (5'3) and 150 lbs, and if I eat better? I cant stand the pressure it gives me.

Can Hiatal Hernia resolve on own? If I lose weight (5'3) and 150 lbs, and if I eat better? I cant stand the pressure it gives me.

The hernia: Is actually a defect through which a portion of your stomach protrudes through an opening in your diaphragm causing heartburn or gastric distress. I agree that weight loss is a smart idea to relieve symptoms and the use of acid inhibitors like Pepcid, (famotidine) Zegerid or Prilosec will help. ...Read more

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How to find a good doctor in chicago who specializes in hernias? Any ratings/review websites? I cannot find any for doctors I am finding.

How to find a good doctor in chicago who specializes in hernias? Any ratings/review websites? I cannot find any for doctors I am finding.

Word of mouth: Best reviews often come form word of mouth and other patients who have seen the dr. Most general surgeons do hernia repairs and I am sure you could call any major hospital in the chicago area and ask to be connected to the surgery dept/office or for a list of surgeons, than ask the dr. In consultation how many hernia repairs s/he does and their success rate, etc. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Why do I have all the symptoms of a strangulated hernia but the ER said it isn't strangulated? I cannot keep food down and am in severe pain.

Why do I have all the symptoms of a strangulated hernia but the ER said it isn't strangulated? I cannot keep food down and am in severe pain.

You need to: Return to ED as soon as possible, if you have persistent vomiting and severe pain, for repeat exam and tests. Sometimes, abdominal conditions are difficult to diagnose on a single visit. ...Read more

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I currently have hernia in scrotum. I have no insurance. I'm seeking employment with john deere, but cannot pass physical. Searching for dr to do probono?

I currently have hernia in scrotum. I have no insurance. I'm seeking employment with john deere, but cannot pass physical. Searching for dr to do probono?

Consider: Checking with your county hospital as you may qualify for indigent care. Remember the surgeons fee even if pro bono is only a very small part of the cost of the surgery. You have the hospital fees, anesthesia fees, pathology fees to also consider. I t will not be free even if the surgeon agrees to perform the surgery pro bono. ...Read more

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I had hernia surgery in october and cant make a bm. I hope its not colan cancer im only 32. HELP, what can it be???

I had hernia surgery in october and cant make a bm. I hope its not colan cancer im only 32. HELP, what can it be???

Not cancer!: It you had had cancer, your surgeon would have told you, relax! But do call your surgeon about the constipation. Maybe a medication you are taking is causing it and can be adjusted. Lots of fluids, and fiber (plenty of fruits and veggies), less fat, refined sugar, and less animal protein is a better way to eat for all of you, plus your innards. ...Read more

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84 year old woman has a strangulated hernia she cannot have surgery what happens she is my mother in law?

84 year old woman has a strangulated hernia she cannot have surgery what happens she is my mother in law?

Hernia advice: A strangulated hernia and incarcerated hernia are both different. A strangulated hernia can be a life-threatening emergency. An incarcerated hernia is not able to be reduced, and can become a strangulated hernia over time. A surgeon should evaluated any hernia at least once. If a hernia begins to become painful or becomes larger overtime, it may need to be repaired by surgery. ...Read more

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Think I have a hernia no matter what I eat after I eat my stomach hurts I cant ride in a car for very long cuz it hurts when I bend my knees up the?

See a dotcot soon: You may have in inguinal hernia and currently safe because it has not become entrapped. If it does get trapped the bowel can strangle and that can lead to complications so see a general surgeon soon ...Read more

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I cant find my diagnosed inguinal hernia; there's no bulge. My doctor said I might have trouble repositioning it. Is it incarcerated?

I cant find my diagnosed inguinal hernia; there's no bulge. My doctor said I might have trouble repositioning it. Is it incarcerated?

If a hernia: Is small, and depending on body habitus, it may be difficult or impossible to palpate on physical exam. Some are only visualized on imaging studies like CT. Incarcerated means it can't be reduced, so not enough info provided to determine that. ...Read more

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I was prescribed percocet 10/325 after open hernia surgery friday. But now cant taste or smell. Don't feel sick though. Is it the opiate?

I was prescribed percocet 10/325 after open hernia surgery friday. But now cant taste or smell. Don't feel sick though. Is it the opiate?

Probably: It could be the narcotic, or even the general anesthesia. It is not uncommon to experience altered appetite and taste after surgery, even if it was not on your abdomen or intestines. Sometimes it can take many weeks to feel like your appetite and taste are completely back to normal. ...Read more

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Can ct scan and ultrasound miss a hernia? I cant feel a lump but have symptoms like hernia pain.

Can ct scan and ultrasound miss a hernia? I cant feel a lump but have symptoms like hernia pain.

What kind?: Of hernia are you talking about? Are you meaning a hiatal hernia? I think the idea of an inguinal hernia is what you are after. The CT might not show it if it is not protruding as well as the ultrasound. If you feel no lump and the doc cannot you may have made the wrong dx. See your local surgeon for a second opinion. ...Read more

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If I cannot get surgery for my untreated umbilical hernia (no money), will weight loss make it less problematic if I'm overweight/almost obese?

If I cannot get surgery for my untreated umbilical hernia (no money), will weight loss make it less problematic if I'm overweight/almost obese?

Hernia: Weight loss may make this less problematic as there will be less force on the defect in your abdominal wall. Weight loss will not eliminate the problem and it will need surgical correction at some point. If you get pain at the hernia site and have a painful protruding mass which you cannot push back in while lying flat then you should seek medical attention. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with a hiatal hernia and had a endo scope done. I have been taking prilosec, famitodine and tums (calcium carbonate). I still cant eat much?

Eat much?: Patient with hiatal hernia and reflux do not have a problem with how much they eat as much as what they eat. Yes, we do advise patient to eat multiple small meal to facilitate the digestion. More important is to avoid eating spicy, greasy, and rich creamy food, and food that might contain a lot of acid. The medication does not cure GERD, it is simply trying to control the chemical part, ...Read more

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I've been seeing doctors for almost 2yrs trying to a hernia operation. It's now strangulated. My penis retracted & I cant pass gas or poop. Help me please.

I've been seeing doctors for almost 2yrs trying to a hernia operation. It's now strangulated. My penis retracted & I cant pass gas or poop. Help me please.

Hernia: Suggest you seek care at a large teaching hospital and have your self seen and treated. A strangulated hernia is a surgical emergency and needs urgent intervention. A visit to the ER is best option at a large teaching hospital if possible or the closest hospital you can seek care. ...Read more

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Difficulty swallowing, regurgitation of food/liquid on&off, burping. Keep having to clear my throat or feel like I cant breathe. Hx:Hernia. ER? Walkin?

Difficulty swallowing, regurgitation of food/liquid on&off, burping. Keep having to clear my throat or feel like I cant breathe. Hx:Hernia. ER? Walkin?

Evaluation needed: You need a swallowing evaluation as well as an upper gi evaluation of esophaguswhich can be accomplished with an old fashioned simple barium swallow examination in the xray department or by a gastroenterologist performing an esophagogasrtoscopy. The swallowing evaluation is usually done by a speech pathologist to evaluate your transferring of food or liquid from the mouth to pharynx to the esophag ...Read more

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What is hernia?

What is hernia?

"Hole in the Wall": 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 of rx is surgery. ...Read more

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What is hernia?

A hole: Hernia is the term used most commonly to describe a hole in the abdominal wall through which intra-abdominal organs may pass. You would see this as a lump under the skin. The perfect analogy is a hole in a car tire through which the inner tube can protrude. The only treatment is an operation. See your doctor for an exam if it persists, gets larger, or causes problems. ...Read more

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What are hernia?

What are hernia?

"Hole-in-the-Wall": 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 of rx is surgery. ...Read more

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What is a hernia?

A fascial tear: All hernias are caused by a disruption in the fascia of the abdominal wall. Fascia is a strong sheet of connective tissue that extends from the top of you abdomen (where it meets your chest) down past your groin. The fascia is the strength layer of your abdominal wall. It is responsible for keeping your abdominal contents in your abdomen. A hernia is a hole in your fascia. ...Read more

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Symptoms of hernia?

Symptoms of hernia?

Depends: Hernias by themselves may be asymptomatic (produce no symptoms) or cause slight to severe pain, or just present as a bulge (especially at the groin). Some may get strangulated causing decrease in blood flow to that organ (usually bowel) and severe pain, nausea, vomiting, redness around skin may ensue. Nearly all hernias have this potential. Symptoms may also depend on the location of the hernia. ...Read more

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What is a hernia?

Defect or hole: Hernia is a defect in abdominal wall most of the time, but more correctly abnormal protrusion of a viscus (like disc, brain etc). ...Read more

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What causes a hernia?

What causes a hernia?

Nature/Nurture: Most hernias develop due to a "birth defect" of sorts, where natural holes in the abdominal wall present in fetal life fail to close. This may manifest itself at birth or require years of "exertion" before the hole reaches a size large enough to be evident. Other hernias are strictly "wear-and-tear" phenomena, although it is believed that they occur in-part due to inherently weak tissue. ...Read more