What Are the Symptoms of a Hernia?

For inguinal, femoral, umbilical, and incisional hernias, symptoms could include:

  • An obvious swelling beneath the skin of the abdomen or the groin; it may disappear when you lie down and may be tender.

  • A heavy feeling in the abdomen that is sometimes accompanied by constipation or blood in the stool.

  • Discomfort in the abdomen or groin when lifting or bending over.


Symptoms for a hiatal hernia may include:

  • Though heartburn is more likely in those with a hiatal hernia, some have no symptoms at all. Upper abdominal pain may occur.


Call Your Doctor About a Hernia If:

  • You suspect that you have a hernia. Sometimes hernias require urgent medical care; an accurate diagnosis is important.If you can't get the hernia to go back in. This is called an incarcerated hernia and can lead to strangulation.You know you have a hernia, and you are nauseated and vomiting or are unable to have a bowel movement or pass gas. You may have a strangulated hernia or an obstruction, which are emergencies. Seek medical care immediately.




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