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Hital Hernia Abdominal Spasm
I can no longer swallow without severe spasms in my upper chest. Chest is also spasming a lot. Had 37cm Hiatus a Hernia 3 years ago. What do I do?
Abdominal spasm: Abdominal spasm = involuntary contractions of muscles in digestive tract which propels food through it. ...Read more
Abd spasm: Not sure exactly what is meant by abdominal spasm. Could be issue with spasm of the muscle of the abdomen wall. Could be issue with "spasm" of intestine or colon. Many things can cause "abdominal spasm". That description (if from your healthcare provider) means they are not sure what is causing your symptoms, but feel it is most likely not serious. Continue to monitor symptoms & see doctor ...Read more
I have severe abdominal spasm like pain that just started out of no where and radiating to my back what could be the problem?
See your doctor!: There are many potential causes for this discomfort, some may be relatively benign, but some can be very serious. A doctor needs to see, exam, and test you to figure out which is which. The diagnoses can range from ulcers, gall bladder disease, pancreatitis, to major blood vessel problems. Do not dawdle and hope it will go away, because the more serious possibilities are time sensitive. ...Read more
Words matter: Some call a hernia a rupture, signifying the move of an abdominal organ out of its normal location, moving thru a barrier. The belly button or midline abdominal hernia is usually benigh. The belly muscles tighten with age & gradually the hernia disappears. There is some risk of the muscles tightening & trapping the hernia out-but a warm bath can relax baby & release it, if not the surgeon must fix it. ...Read more
Lump and pain: Hernias on the abdominal wall typical cause pain and/or discomfort, and are also typically associated with a lump under the skin at the location of the hernia. This lump is larger with standing and coughing. Best diagnosed by a physical exam, ok to start with your primary care. Timing depends on duration and severity of symptoms. Hope this helps! ...Read more
A bulge and pain: An abnormal bulge, often with pain around it, are the most common signs of abdominal hernia. They most commonly occur at the belly button (umbilical), in the groin (inguinal), at previous surgical scars (incisional), and at the diaphragm (hiatal). They can all be fixed with minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery for less pain and quick return to work. ...Read more
Multiple types: There are a number of various types of hernias. Inguinal or groin hernias are fairly common in children and older adults. Femoral hernias are uncommon and occur in women. Obturator hernias are also rare. Incisional (or ventral) hernias are not uncommon. Congenital hernias include diaphragmatic hernias and umbilical hernias, the latter are common in children and may resolve spontaneously. ...Read more
You'll know: The definition of "worse" is different among patients, but regarding hernias this generally refers to pain and discomfort, and enlarging size. There are some things that could be emergently worse such as a blockage of, or strangulation of the intestine. Best to have a consultation with a general surgeon to find out about your specific case. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Very common: About 90% of groin hernias, and probably 75% of ventral abdominal her OAS are repaired using mesh. Mesh reduces the chance the hernia will come back, but is associated with some unique potential problems. Fortunately, these are uncommon for the group of patients that have mesh implanted, but an individual's experience cannot be predicted. Hope this helps! ...Read more
It won't: A hernia is essentially a hole in the muscle layer if the abdominal wall through which intra-abdominal contents can protrude. This by itself does not have any impact on weight gain. If there is intestine trapped in it and causing pain made worse by eating, it can be associated with weight loss however. ...Read more
Hernia Bulge: One of the most common signs of a hernia is a bulge in the area of the hernia. A hernia is a defect/hole in the abdominal wall. As a result the contents of the abdomen push through this defect and create swelling in the area. While this may only represents fat from inside the abdomen, sometimes it is intestine. Hernias should be evaluated by your physician and most should be repaired surgically. ...Read more
See a Doctor: A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall. They can occur anywhere, but commonly in the groin, belly button, and previous incisions. Treatment depends on your symptoms. If they do not have incarcerated (stuck) bowel or pain, then they can be monitored. If they cause problems such as pain, cannot push it back in, etc, then it will need surgical repair. ...Read more
Not enough info: You have not given enough information to answer your question. It would help if you describe the exact location of the lump and some characteristics of the lump such as size, consistency, how moveable it is, whether it is associated with pain or not, and whether it changes in size or consistency. The more information the better. ...Read more
After multiple hernia and abdominal surgeries (5+ surgeries) is there a chance that I couldn't have children?
Gynecologist: I would bet that the physicians here will defer judgment or opinion and defer to your gynecologist. In my experience these surgeries you mention are not likely to interfere with your ability to birth children. But, again that is said without knowing anything specific about what surgeries you have had and if the uterus was involved in any way. ...Read more
Are there exercises which strengthens the abdominal wall and which can help against developing a hernia in first place?
No: Many people with strong abdominal muscles get hernias, and many people with weaker muscles don't have hernias. There is most likely a genetic predisposition to hernia formation based on the types of connective tissue that any given individual has. Keep exercising though, its great for lots of other things! ...Read more
I have a bulge that pops out on my lower right abdomen when I bend over but I just saw docot and she can't find a hole for a hernia what else could be?
From your limited: Description, it still sounds like a hernia that is too small for clinical detection at the time of exam. It could also be a lymph node or a benign tumor such as lipoma. If your doctor is not worried about it, you should be reassured that it is probably something trivial. ...Read more
Swelling: Depends on where the hernia is. The common groin inguinal hernia starts as pain, some time after lifting heavy objects (work related) initially small swelling, increases in size progreesivly. Could be pushed back, may get bloating symptoms reaches to a stage with severe pain, no longer able push it in, now incarcerated, requiring emergency surgery., same in belly button & at incision site. ...Read more
Many: While the exact cause for a particular person may be unknown, there are many factors that are associated with hernia disease such as collagen disorders which can be genetically determined, previous surgery, infection, trauma, or congenital (born with it). Although relatively uncommon, coughing can cause a hernia in the groin. There also is likely more than one factor in the cause. ...Read more