In many cases, people have no or very few hernia symptoms. You may notice a swelling or lump in your stomach area or groin. Often you have no hernia pain.
If your hernia causes sudden pain and especially if it can’t be pushed back in, you should seek urgent medical care. It may mean that your hernia is trapped or tightly pinched where it pokes through the muscle wall (obstruction) and in extreme cases it may cut off the blood supply to your intestines and tissues in your abdomen (strangulation).
A hernia is not usually a serious condition but it will not go away without hernia treatment known as a hernia repair.
What does a hernia feel like?
A hernia can be present at birth or it can develop if you have a weakness in your muscle or surrounding tissue wall. Hernias are caused by organs, such as your intestines, pushing through a weak part of your muscle wall. Your groin is the most common area for a hernia to appear as it pushes through your abdominal wall. Hernia causes include activities and medical issues that put pressure on your muscle wall, such as:
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