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How does coughing reveal a hernia?

How does coughing reveal a hernia?

Increased Pressure: Coughing causes an increase in the pressure inside of your abdomen. This causes your hernia to protrude and bulge out. ...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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3 hernias n pinched nerve repaired with mesh. Still horrible pulling nerve pain. Us revealed only mesh buldging where pain is. Normal? Or wrong?

3 hernias n pinched nerve repaired with mesh. Still horrible pulling nerve pain. Us revealed only mesh buldging where pain is. Normal? Or wrong?

Neuralgia: Most patients do fine. It seems like you have surgery 3 times - do not expect pain to be relieved. Each time you have surgery there is scar tissue formation which impacts on the nerve hence the pain which is worse with coughing, straining etc.. Your best bet right now is not more surgery (unless there is still a problem) - but to see a pain specialist who does scs or pns and discuss with them. ...Read more

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Can you have a hernia with no bulging? If so, would it be revealed on a CT w contrast?

Can you have a hernia with no bulging? If so, would it be revealed on a CT w contrast?

Depends: Small hernias my not show a visible bulge to the patient themself, but a physical examination with a doctor or general surgeon would feel the hernia bulge. A ct scan may or may not see a hernia, and small hernias would likely be difficult to see or not visible while lying down for a ct scan. ...Read more

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Can the external inguinal ring, the inguinal canal, the internal inguinal canal all be evaluated by mri?Physical exam revealed no hernia, but i m scared

Can the external  inguinal ring, the inguinal canal, the internal inguinal canal all be evaluated by mri?Physical exam revealed no hernia, but i m scared

You're ok: The quality of the physical exam varies depending on obesity and tenderness. If it was high quality, hernia is unlikely, but adductor tendonitis is a possibility, as is inflammation of the other muscles that insert near the groin. Mri is a good test for this. A small hernia or tendonitis are not life threatening, so don't be scared. A trial rest and ice may be helpful. Good luck! ...Read more

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I been having a bad cough is it because I have a hernia?

I been having a bad cough is it because I have a hernia?

No: It is the other way around: A bad cough can cause or exacerbate a hernia. ...Read more

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Have had surgery but due to coughing (poss whopping cough) hernia is back at moment not effecting bowl as before but painfull when i move what can I d?

See a doctor: Have a physical examination to be sure what you have. Then get the options for care or management. If it is a recurrent hernia then go back to see your surgeon for treatment options or choices. ...Read more

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Can cough cause hernia?

Can cough cause hernia?

Yes: Chronic cough, as in smokers or those with longstanding lung disease, famously places a person at additional risk for hernia. ...Read more

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Why does my hernia hurt more when I cough?

Why does my hernia hurt more when I cough?

Increased pressure: A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall through which the inner lining of the abdominal cavity, the peritoneum, may protrude through and create a sac. This sac contains many pain fibers, and when irritated, can cause pain. When one coughs, the pressure within the abdominal cavity is greatly increased, which tends to push the sac out, leading to the increased pain. ...Read more

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Why do I have to cough during the hernia exam?

Why do I have to cough during the hernia exam?

Push the hernia out: A hernia consists of a hole in the abdominal wall through which the inner lining of the abdominal cavity stretches out to create a sac. Hernias may often be subtle and protrude only with increased activity. Coughing increases the pressure within the abdominal cavity, thus "inflating" the sac to make it more prominent on examination. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more