What does a hernia feel like
Sometimes a rupture can occur in the walls of the stomach; which is referred to as a hernia. The question is, how does this rupture occur ? The following information will explain how a hernia is caused. Our abdominal walls are made up of muscles and tendons. In the case of a rupture, we observe that the intestines start to push through the wall of the abdomen. The pressure of the intestines on the abdominal wall causes the abdominal muscles to stretch past the point of comfort. The discomfort is experienced because of this intestinal protrusion, creating a bulge.
When one wakes up in the morning, the bulge seems less noticeable but will increase in size as you go through the day, and participate in daily activities. Enlargement occurs depending on how much one exerts themselves and which activities they partake throughout the course of the day. A doctor may conduct a test called the cough impulse examination where the patient is asked to cough. Coughing can cause the bulge to increase in size which makes it easier for the doctor to detect it and determine its size. The bulge from a hernia can range in size from a barely noticeable swelling to a football sized circular protrusion.
Symptoms of Hernia
- An increasing feeling of pressure can be felt due to the abdominal muscles being stretched. Because of this stretching, the walls of the abdomen become weighed down, allowing the bulge to appear.
- In a person who has been diagnosed with hernia and experiencing heartburn, a loss of one’s appetite is to be expected. Also, eating food can be hard when one has an acidic taste in the mouth.
- Another symptom one may experience is nausea due to the discomfort of the constant sensations felt from the heartburn. The obstruction created by the intestines is what causes the feeling of nausea to develop. It can make the individual feel lightheaded and dizzy which will have a negative effect on how they conduct any activity.
- Once nausea has started, vomiting will occur not too far after. It is not uncommon for a person to run a mild fever as well.
- Another symptom one can experience is constipation which is caused by the obstruction that the intestinal protrusion creates. Acidity also occurs with severe constipation which can further ruin a person’s appetite.
- Of all of the symptoms that occur with a hernia, it is the pain that one experiences which is most common. One will feel pain which is focused on the area where a bulge has occurred. In the case of a person suffering from a hiatal hernia they will feel pain around the chest. With an inguinal hernia, the pain will be felt in the area of the groin. The pain in the groin will also be able to shift into the abdomen causing further pressure in the surrounding areas. An inguinal hernia is also known as a sports hernia, and happens when injury takes place in the groin during any physical activity – where tissues in the groin can become damaged or torn. These symptoms all tend to be more common in men than women.