Hernias hurt, often a lot.  A hernia occurs when tissue bulges out through an openingSigns of a hernia in the muscles. Any part of the abdominal wall can weaken and develop a hernia, but the most common sites are the groin (inguinal), the navel (umbilical) and a previous surgical incision site.  As painful as hernias are, they are relatively easy to diagnose.  Instead of spending hour’s googling your symptoms for  a diagnosis, here are signs you may have a hernia:

Extreme pain:
The first and most obvious sign is extreme pain in your abdominal area.  If the pain intensifies when you cough, bend over or stand up and lessens when you lie.  The pain may extend past the infected area to include the hips, legs or genitals.

Swelling or bulging:
Hernias produce a visible swelling or bulge in your abdominal area, upper thigh, or belly button. It may become smaller when you sit or lie down.   You also may feel a burning sensation or pressure to the affected area or like something has ruptured.

Fever, nausea, and vomiting:
An incarcerated hernia is more severe and can be life-threatening if left untreated.

An incarcerated hernia can become strangulated, which cuts off the blood flow to the tissue that’s trapped. A strangulated hernia can be life-threatening if it isn’t treated.

Of course, if you suspect you have a hernia, please schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss the best treatment options.