Wondering if the aching in your belly or groin could be a hernia? Hernias are common in both men and women, but symptoms vary.
The good news? Nearly all hernias can be surgically repaired.
What is a hernia?
A hernia occurs when an organ pushes through an opening in the muscle or tissue that holds it in place. A bulging of an organ or tissue through an abnormal opening. For example, the intestines may break through a weakened area in the abdominal wall.
Most hernias occur within the abdominal cavity, between the chest and the hips. Most of us think that hernia is a visible bulge in the abdomen. This is true but not all the time as there are other symptoms that are entirely different. So we need to be cautious and should not ignore those signs.
We have listed our few signs and symptoms of hernia, that can be missed or misunderstood.
Signs of Hernia that can be missed easily
Pain in the pelvic area
As said earlier that they rarely cause bulge and some hernias in women are diagnosed as ovarian cysts, fibroids, etc. They may also cause pain in the leg or back. A MRI is usually required to identify these hernias.
If your upper leg and groin gets a feeling of muscle fatigue and weakness, it could be a sign of hernia.
It is one of the most missed signs of hernia. An upset stomach can indicate a serious condition known as an incarcerated hernia.
A fever with a hernia is a bad combination. This can indicate a “strangulated” hernia which is not getting enough blood flow.
Pain under certain conditions
If you have pain while lifting heavy objects or bending down, this also could be a silent sign of a hernia.
This means there is a blockage in the large intestine that interferes with digestion.
Heartburn has many other reasons, but hernia could be one of them. Specifically, a hiatal hernia in the upper abdomen can cause a feeling like heartburn along with chest pain.
Diagnosis & Treatment for Hernia
Your doctor will also likely use imaging tests to aid in their diagnosis. These can include things like: CT scan, MRI scan and abdominal ultrasound.
Hernias usually do not get better on their own, and surgery may be the only way to repair them. However, your doctor will recommend the best treatment to address your hernia, and may refer you for a surgery as well.
If your doctor thinks it is necessary to repair your hernia, then the doctor will tailor the method of repair that best meets your needs and health conditions.