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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. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...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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Is it possible to have a femoral or groin hernia w/out any bulges? I have pain in area for 2ys wout explanation. Physical examination revealed nothing

Is it possible to have a femoral or groin hernia w/out any bulges? I have pain in area for 2ys wout explanation. Physical examination revealed nothing

Yes: A femoral hernia is an inguinal hernia through the femoral canal behind the ligament which will make it difficult to identify by physical exam. Moreover acute small inguinal hernia is usually associated with pain due to its acuteness and us difficult to identify by physical exam. I hope this answered you question. ...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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I had a colectomy 4 months ago and now have a hernia the size of a grapefruit it has been starting to hurt, especially when I cough.

I had a colectomy 4 months ago and now have a hernia the size of a grapefruit it has been starting to hurt, especially when I cough.

Not Uncommon: Not Uncommon, unfortunately. This is why laparoscopy is being used more and more for colectomies. For you, it is time to get the hernia evaluated and repaired with mesh. Consider laparoscopic approach, if possible. See your local, trusted general surgeon. Good luck! ...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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Can any one tell me what exactly happens to men in the cough test for hernia ?

Can any one tell me what exactly happens to men in the cough test for hernia ?

Bulge: The test is done to see if there is a bulge in the inguinal canal which is what one would see if a hernia is present. ...Read more

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I had surgery for an lingual hernia 4 weeks ago. I have noticed that it still looks like a hernia. I feel it when I cough or yell. I think its still ?

I had surgery for an lingual hernia 4 weeks ago. I have noticed that it still looks like a hernia. I feel it when I cough or yell.  I think its still ?

Very common feeling.: Hernia surgery in adults involves removing the hernia sac and placing mesh to cover the hole in the abdominal wall. It is common and expected for fluid to accumulate in the space where the hernia was; this can look and feel like a hernia initially. Not to worry: your body will slowly reabsorb this fluid. Regardless, if you have pain or this persists, you should go back to see your surgeon. ...Read more

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I have a very small recurrent hernia, it is only noticible when i cough, otherwise theres no bulge, should I have another surgery or just wait no pain?

I have a very small recurrent hernia, it is only noticible when i cough, otherwise theres no bulge, should I have another surgery or just wait no pain?

See your surgeon: In general, it is good that there are no symptoms, but also in general, we think recurrent hernias are more likely to become a problem that primary hernias. Further, it may not be a recurrence, and an exam by a surgeon, along with the surgeon;s advice may be the best course of action. ...Read more

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Can a hard cough post hernia surgery cause a tear?

Can a hard cough post hernia surgery cause a tear?

Yes: That is why i always inquires out constipation and chronic cough. Anything that increases the abdominal pressure can lead to a recurrence. ...Read more

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Do I have a femoral hernia if it pops when I cough?

Do I have a femoral hernia if it pops when I cough?

It could be.: People with hernias often note a bulge in the groin region that tends to protrude with exertion (lifting, coughing, sneezing, straining) and "go away" after lying done or pushing on the bulge. Femoral hernias are more common in women and tend to protrude at the inner thigh; however, even the best of us can have a hard time distinguishing between inguinal & femoral hernias. ...Read more

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I just had inginial hernia repair with mesh about 5 days ago and its very painful when I cough is this normal?

I just had inginial hernia repair with mesh about 5 days ago and its very painful when I cough is this normal?

Yes.: Unfortunately, hernia repair is typically associated with discomfort for "days-to-weeks", depending on the method of repair and size of the hernia. Follow your surgeons advice for pain control. If your pain is not well-controlled, your surgeon will want to hear from you. Rest assured, though: the pain tends to lessen with each passing day. ...Read more

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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