- What is hernia pain like?
- What does a hernia feel like to touch?
- Is it a hernia or pulled muscle?
- Is it safe to leave a hernia untreated?
- When should I worry about hernia pain?
- How do I check myself for a hernia?
- Can you live with a hernia for years?
- What happens if you don’t fix hernia?
- What can happen to an untreated hernia?
- Can hernia symptoms come and go?
- What can be mistaken for a hernia?
What is hernia pain like?
Typically, patients with ventral hernias describe mild pain, aching or a pressure sensation at the site of the hernia.
The discomfort worsens with any activity that puts a strain on the abdomen, such as heavy lifting, running or bearing down during bowel movements.
Some patients have a bulge but do not have discomfort..
What does a hernia feel like to touch?
Usually, the bulge is soft enough that you can gently push, or knead, it back into your abdomen (reducible), and it is often not there when you wake up in the morning. Most hernias are not painful. However, sometimes the area around your hernia may be tender and you may feel some sharp twinges or a pulling sensation.
Is it a hernia or pulled muscle?
When someone experiences a pulled abdominal muscle, there can be inflammation and some swelling, but generally no physically-identifiable marker. A hernia usually causes a noticeable bulge on the surface of the abdomen. This bulge can be painless but change in size with exertion.
Is it safe to leave a hernia untreated?
Most hernias, if not treated, do nothing more than get bigger. However, hernias can get very painful, often without warning and at their worst can strangulate, which can demand an ambulance and immediate emergency surgery or the consequences could be extreme.
When should I worry about hernia pain?
Call your doctor right away if you have any of the symptoms of a strangulated hernia, including: Nausea, vomiting, or both. Fever. Sudden pain that gets worse quickly.
How do I check myself for a hernia?
How to tell you have a herniaFeel for a lump or swelling around the pubic bone.If you find a lump, make note of where it is and lie down.Did the lump disappear or become smaller? If so, it may be a hernia.Do you feel discomfort when coughing or lifting heavy objects? It’s almost certainly a hernia.
Can you live with a hernia for years?
Key points to remember Hernias don’t go away on their own. Only surgery can repair a hernia. Many people are able to delay surgery for months or even years. And some people may never need surgery for a small hernia.
What happens if you don’t fix hernia?
Hernias can become incarcerated. One potentially serious risk of not fixing a hernia is that it can become trapped outside the abdominal wall—or incarcerated. This can cut off the blood supply to the hernia and obstruct the bowel, resulting in a strangulated hernia. This requires urgent surgical repair.
What can happen to an untreated hernia?
“Hernias cannot heal on their own; if left untreated, they usually get bigger and more painful, and can cause serious health risks in some cases.” If the wall through which the intestine is protruding closes shut, it can cause a strangulated hernia, which cuts off blood flow to the bowel.
Can hernia symptoms come and go?
Hernia symptoms often vary from patient to patient. The most common complaints are pain/discomfort and a bulge or swelling at the site of the hernia. The bulge may be persistent or may go away. It may get bigger over time.
What can be mistaken for a hernia?
Hernias can go misdiagnosed in women, and can instead be thought to be ovarian cysts, fibroids, endometriosis, or other abdominal issues, according to the SLS. Women’s hernias can be small and internal. They might not be a bulge that can be felt in an exam or be visible outside the body, according to the SLS.