2. Pain or discomfort in the area
of the bulge:
Patients with hernia often complain of pain, but all patients with hernia may not
experience pain. When a muscle tears causing a hernia, a person may experience sudden
pain followed by the appearance of a bulge. In some patients there may be no acute pain
but merely a dull ache that usually subsides in a week or two. The hernia should not be
ignored because the pain has gone away. The hernia will never go away, even if the pain
has subsided. Some patients feel no pain but simply a funny feeling in the groin that
they never had before. As a hernia enlarges, the surrounding nerves and tissues get
stretched, resulting in more pain. Pain can also occur during activity such as exercise
or strenuous work. This pain is a result of the hernial sac that contains lots of nerve
endings getting pinched by the abdominal muscles during activity.
3. Pain in the entire
Generalized pain all over the abdomen in a person who has a hernia is a serious symptom
and should never be taken lightly. This type of generalized pain in the abdomen occurs
with the hernia develops a complication like strangulation or incarceration. Often the
bulge of hernia becomes prominent at the same time as the pain starts and does not go
back in. This suggests that a part of intestine or other internal tissue may have got
caught in the hernia and become pinched. As the blood supply of that tissue becomes
compromised the person experiences severe pain. It may be accompanied by nausea or
vomiting. This is a serious complication and the trapped tissues will die if surgery is
not performed promptly.
Often a hernia develops because a person is constipated and has to strain while passing
motion. Also, if the hernia is blocking the intestine you may experience constipation,
or even blood in the stool.
5. Urinary difficulties:
If the bladder becomes trapped within the hernia, you may develop urinary burning,
frequent infections or frequency in urinating. You should consult a surgeon if you are
experiencing these symptoms so he can examine you to determine if a hernia is present.
Also, patients with a prostate problem tend to develop hernias as a result of constant
straining at the time of urination.