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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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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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I think I may have 2 hernias on my groin area from heavy lifting the knots are sore to touch but do not hurt when I cough or strain. Still hernias?'

I think I may have 2 hernias on my groin area from heavy lifting the knots are sore to touch but do not hurt when I cough or strain. Still hernias?'

Yes possible: You need to be checked by a physician if you have hernia , yes two separate areas of break may appear as two hernias Your doctor wilted you if it is hernia or not . If you have advisable to get it fixed by a simple out patient procedure ...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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Abdominal pain for a week hurts to cough,lay,stretch,bend extreme bloating, also very nauseas. Could this be hernia? If not what ?

Abdominal pain for a week hurts to cough,lay,stretch,bend extreme bloating, also very nauseas. Could this be hernia? If not what ?

See your doctor: Persistent abdominal pain should always be checked by a medical specialist. There are potentially serious reasons why you are having pain and nausea. Go and have yourself checked. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can a hiatal hernia cause pain under left ribs& side? It hurts often but sometimes only when cough & I have a lump on each side of my ab muscles.

Can a hiatal hernia cause pain under left ribs& side?  It hurts often but sometimes only when cough  & I have a lump on each side of my ab muscles.

Possibly: Discomfort under the left rib cage may come from hiatal hernia but may also be due to other things such as gas entrapment in the upper left colon or even from pinched nerves in the rib cage or problem with the base of the left lung. It's best to have your physician examine and advise you,and if he/she feels it's advisable a referral to a gastroenterologist will be made. ...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 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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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?

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 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

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