It is important to know the symptoms and warning signs associated with a hernia. Hernia symptoms can vary in severity of pain, may include a visible lump, or even cause indigestion. Having a hernia is not an issue to be taken lightly.
If you suspect you may have a hernia, don’t hesitate to contact our world-renowned team of doctors, which includes general surgeons alongside specialists in colorectal, thoracic, and plastic surgeons.
How do I know if I have a hernia?
As stated above, there are a variety of symptoms that can accompany a hernia. There are different types of hernias with separate associated symptoms. Since hernias commonly occur in the lower abdominal region, most symptoms will be felt in this area, and can be associated with a visible lump and possible pain, or show practically no sign of existence at all.
With such a varying degree of possible symptoms, a patient can’t know for sure whether or not they have a hernia until they receive a proper diagnosis from an expert like those at Hernia Surgery Los Angeles.
Signs and Symptoms of a Hernia
- Lump/Bulge – Having a visible lump or bulge is the most common symptom of a hernia. These bulges are usually found in the areas of the groin or around the belly button. In men, a hernia can produce a lump in the scrotum. It’s common for the lump to be more apparent when coughing and less apparent when lying down. Pain may or may not accompany any of these hernia lumps.
- Pain – It’s common to have pain associated with a hernia, although that’s not always the case. If you’ve had a sharp onset of pain in the abdomen after straining or lifting heavy objects, you may have experienced a tear resulting in a hernia. Some hernias, as in a strangulated hernia, can cause just a general stomach ache. Pain when coughing, straining, or during physical exertion could be a sign of a hernia. With some hernia pain, the hernia itself is not the culprit, but the nerves in the areas around the hernia are the cause. A hernia can produce numbness or even more of a tingling feeling than a painful one, which is why it’s important that you never ignore even the slightest of hernia warning signs. The level of pain is not necessarily indicative of the severity of the hernia.
- General Stomach Issues – A hernia may bring about a range of stomach issues such as nausea, trouble with bowel movements, and even indigestion. Hiatal hernias are known to cause acid reflux and indigestion, while having no visible outside presence. These types of hernias may lead someone to improper self-diagnosis as something less severe, opening the door for further complications and health risks.
- Physical State – If you are a smoker, overweight, or pregnant, you may have a higher susceptibility of developing a hernia. It’s important to have an increased awareness and understanding of hernia symptoms if you are more susceptible. You may also be more likely to develop it if there is a family history of hernias. Sometimes, a weaker fascia may be congenital and could lead to increased odds of hernia development. Another factor to be aware of is physical activity. If you regularly strain or lift heavy objects, you have a higher risk of getting a hernia if you’re not employing proper lifting technique.
A hernia can onset quickly and severely, come on gradually, or even be completely unnoticeable. Because of this fact and the dangers of ignoring a hernia, it’s important that you contact Hernia Surgery Los Angeles right away – even if you’re unsure.
Contact a Hernia Expert in Los Angeles Today
The world-renowned team of physicians at Hernia Surgery Los Angeles has the experience and skill set required to repair any variety of hernia with the most cutting edge equipment and procedures. If you suspect you may have a hernia, you can call (888) 418-2082 or fill out our online contact form to schedule an appointment.
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