Do You Have a Hidden Hernia?

The surgeon performs a finger examination of a patient who has pain around the navel. Chronic pain in your pelvic area can slow your life down. Not knowing the cause of your pain can add to the stress. Sometimes the issue comes from an inguinal or hidden hernia. Getting an accurate diagnosis is crucial to making a complete recovery. Here are signs that you may have an inguinal hernia and how you can treat it.

What is an Inguinal Hernia?

If you have no idea what an inguinal hernia is, don’t worry. An inguinal hernia is when tissue protrudes through a weak point in your abdomen. Sometimes, inguinal hernias don’t cause pain, which makes them difficult to notice. But if you experience pain from an inguinal hernia, don’t wait to get help. Seeking medical attention is crucial to avoid complications from a hernia.

Symptoms of an Inguinal Hernia

Some cases of inguinal hernias are painless, but you can spot them if you’re diligent. If you notice a bulge on the side of your pubic bone, it may be a hernia. 

Other symptoms of an inguinal hernia include:

  • A dragging sensation in the groin
  • A burning or aching sensation
  • Pain in the groin area
  • Pain when lifting objects

Can Hernias Be Prevented?

Several factors increase your risk of developing a hernia, including age,  being male, being overweight, and having poor lifting form. Although these factors can increase the risk of a hernia, you can take measures to protect yourself. 

For instance, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight can help reduce pressure on your abdomen and help lower your risk.  Having extra weight near your stomach can weaken abdominal muscles, making you susceptible to hernias. Controlling your weight can help keep your abdominal muscles strong, 

Also, having a high-fiber diet can help protect you. High-fiber foods help regulate your digestion and help you avoid straining from constipation. 

You can also minimize your chances of getting a hernia by using proper lifting form and using your legs.

Will an Inguinal Hernia Go Away on Its Own?

A hernia cannot resolve itself, and waiting to act could lead to complications.

If you have questions about how to treat a hernia, call Dr.Jacob of NYC Hernia. Schedule a consultation by calling 212-879-6677.

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