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What does a hernia feel like

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Posted on 31st January 2013 by admin in Articles

When the abdomen walls rupture, a hernia can result. How doe this rupture happen? The abdomen wall is made up of muscles and tendons. If there is a tear or rupture in the walls, the intestines will begin pushing through the wall. When this happens, the muscles of the abdomen are stretched and you’ll feel pain in the area of the body where the intestines are protruding through the abdominal barrier.

You’ll also feel swelling in the affected area and a sense of heaviness that will become more noticeable in the evening. The bulge in the abdomen area is less noticeable in the morning; however, once you get started with your day, you may notice that the bulge gets bigger. Your doctor can also verify that you have a hernia by checking your cough impulse. If the bulge increases in size when you cough, the doctor will use this indication to determine whether you have a hernia. Hernia can range in size from barely noticeable, minor swelling, to a protrusion in the abdomen that is the size of a football.

Hernia Symptoms

  • The abdomen muscles are stretched and exposed to lot of pressure. When the wall gets weighed down, the bulge can appear.
  • Heartburn take place when the abdomen forces weight onto the diaphragm. This leaves the hiatus partially open, causing chest discomfort, and you may have an acidic or tangy taste in your mouth.
  • Hernias also make you lose your appetite. The acid-like taste in your mouth will make it difficult for you to consume or enjoy your food.
  • If you’re having constant heartburn, chances are you will experience nausea as well. Severe nausea is caused by intestinal obstruction. This may make it impossible for you to participate in activities for long periods of time and can make you feel constantly dizzy.
  • Nausea often leads to vomiting. Chances are you’ll develop low-grade fever as well.
  • The bulge in your abdominal area can also cause constipation. Constipation is often accompanied by acidity, which makes you lose your appetite.
  • Pain is the most common symptom of a hernia. The pain is typically localized on the area where hernia occured. If you have hiatal hernia, you’ll feel pain mostly in the chest. If you’re suffering from an inguinal hernia, the pain will occur in your groin area and will likely move to the abdomen; which can cause pressure to the entire midsection. An inguinal hernia is also known as a sports hernia and can occur when the groin sustains serious injury or the tissues of the groin become strained or torn. This particular symptom is more common in men than women.

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