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What does an intestinal/abdominal hernia feel like (symptoms)?

What does an intestinal/abdominal hernia feel like (symptoms)?

Hernia: Well, they can range from being completely asymptomatic to causing things like a bulge, pain, swelling, redness, nausea, vomiting, intestinal obstruction. ...Read more

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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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An intestinal hernia that usually feels hard when pressing to feel it, is now very soft/ doughy-like. Never had this feel soft before. Concern?

An intestinal hernia that usually feels hard when pressing to feel it, is now very soft/ doughy-like. Never had this feel soft before. Concern?

Probably reduced: It is good to check yourself and is mass cannot be reduced, need to consult surgeon. Hernias are usually soft and reducible. Concern is over bowel obstruction. ...Read more

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How can I know if intestinal strangulation has occurred because of my hernia?

How can I know if intestinal strangulation has occurred because of my hernia?

Bowel obstruction: By definition, if you have strangulated bowel in your hernia, you are obstructed. Usual symptoms include pain, nausea, bloating, and later with emesis and sepsis. As the bowel starts to die, you may have redness and swelling of the overlying soft tissue. It is considered a surgical emergency. ...Read more

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Can a hiatal hernia cause pains or discomfort? My dr says I have one but it isn't causeing my intestinal issues. That is unknown still.

Can a hiatal hernia cause pains or discomfort?  My dr says I have one but it isn't causeing my intestinal issues. That is unknown still.

Sometimes: A large hiatal hernia can cause pain and discomfort in your upper stomach. It also can make symptoms of reflux worse. If your pain is lower or more diffuse then likely not caused by your hiatal hernia. ...Read more

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M58, could hernia cause intestinal obstruction with out any pain or typical hernia inflammation. Thanks?

M58, could hernia cause intestinal obstruction with out any pain or typical hernia inflammation. Thanks?

Yes,but atypical: Atypical presentations to common problems in medicine and surgery occurs but not very often. If the blockage from a hernia is partial, slowly progressive to allow compensation and not associated with peritoneal inflammation it may have very few to no symptoms at times, however the condition will soon go over a tipoff point and symptoms of incarceration and ultimately strangulation will develop. ...Read more

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Ultimate method to diagnose an abdominal/intestinal hernia?

Physical exam: The best way to diagnose an abdominal wall hernia in the groin or in front of the abdomen is by physical examination. Occasionally an ultrasound or cat scan is necessary. ...Read more

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Sliding hernia or spigelian hernia, which one has a higher chance of causing intestinal obstruction?

Sliding hernia or spigelian hernia, which one has a higher chance of causing intestinal obstruction?

Depends: Depends on the size of the defect in the abdominal wall, and whether or not there is intestine that is included in the herniated contents. Both types of hernia can and have in the past caused intestinal obstruction. Odds are in your favor that it will not cause an obstruction. That does not predict the future however. See a general surgeon for consultation to find out more. ...Read more

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Can a sports hernia cause intestinal blockage?

NO: A 'sports hernia' is a misnomer. It usually refers to pain at the public tubercle from tearing of the rectus sheath off the tubercle. This won't lead to intestinal blockage. A true hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall, and can lead to intestinal blockage if bowel is trapped in a defect. Good luck. ...Read more

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If there was hernia present in the testicle, wouldn't I be in pain? Wouldn't I feel pain in the abdomen if intestine goes through ab wall?

If there was hernia present in the testicle, wouldn't I be in pain? Wouldn't I feel pain in the abdomen if intestine goes through ab wall?

Not necessarily: You are likely describing an inguinal hernia, with bowel and fat contents herniating through abdomen into inguinal canal and sometimes into the scrotum. You may feel a bulge when performing heavy lifting, but typically a small hernia may not be painful at all. Extreme pain would only happen if the hernia twists on itself, which could cause bowel obstruction and a surgical emergency. ...Read more

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I have had some test done and they told me my stomach is not emptying into the small intestine correctly, can this be caused by a hernia. ?

Possibly: There are many reasons why your stomach may not be emptying correctly. A large hiatal hernia can certainly cause problems with your stomach properly emptying, however you should have a proper evaluation by a gastroenterologist. ...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


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more