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Do belly hernias hurt?

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Brian Fishman
Emergency Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: They can

Umbilical hernias are exacerbated by anything that increases pressure inside your abdomen (bearing down for a bowel movement, sneezing, lifting heavy objects, etc.
). This will likely cause pain at the site of the hernia. If you haven't already, you should consult a general surgeon for correction, unless you're asking about an umbilical hernia in a baby, in which case they usually go away by age 2.

In brief: They can

Umbilical hernias are exacerbated by anything that increases pressure inside your abdomen (bearing down for a bowel movement, sneezing, lifting heavy objects, etc.
). This will likely cause pain at the site of the hernia. If you haven't already, you should consult a general surgeon for correction, unless you're asking about an umbilical hernia in a baby, in which case they usually go away by age 2.
Brian Fishman
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2 comments
Dr. Barry Rosen
It is important to distinguish where this fat is originating from. If this is arising from the fat that is just under the abdominal wall muscles, it is inconsequential. If it is arising from within the abdominal cavity, this can lead to more significant problems. I suggest you see a general surgeon to examine you and review your CT scan (weight loss never hurts but will not fix the problem).
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Possibly

As there are many different types of hernias; particularly those that involve the intestines the answer is yes.
Some types are 'surgical emergencies' so if your hernia hurts then please get with your doctor asap.

In brief: Possibly

As there are many different types of hernias; particularly those that involve the intestines the answer is yes.
Some types are 'surgical emergencies' so if your hernia hurts then please get with your doctor asap.
Dr. Paul Cohen
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Dr. Scott Beede
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

A hernia is a defect in the abdominal wall that allows intestines or fat to push out of the abdomen.
They are often painless, but pain can indicate incarceration (the content will not reduce or go back in) or strangulation (the content's blood supply is in danger). It is not possible to determine if this is the case without being examined, but if it is the case, it is an urgent problem.

In brief: Yes

A hernia is a defect in the abdominal wall that allows intestines or fat to push out of the abdomen.
They are often painless, but pain can indicate incarceration (the content will not reduce or go back in) or strangulation (the content's blood supply is in danger). It is not possible to determine if this is the case without being examined, but if it is the case, it is an urgent problem.
Dr. Scott Beede
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