These Are The Telltale Signs That You Might Be Getting A Hernia

WMAR Published July 5, 2017 7,671 Plays

Rumble Just hearing the word “hernia” makes you cringe. It can be very painful, but they are far more common than you might think. A hernia occurs when an internal part of the body, usually an organ, pushes through a weakness in the muscle or surrounding tissue wall.

Doctors say you are usually born with it, but if you strain a lot and lift heavy objects, that defect in the abdominal wall can become larger.

If you do have a hernia, you might notice a small and painful bulge on your abdomen, that is the most common sign. In can be in the groin, the belly button, or in the space between the belly button and the ribs. But not all hernias are painful; some just appear as a lump on the abdomen, without causing any pain.

People who exercise regularly may experience a similar pain in the groin and think that they are getting a hernia, but doctors say that it might not be a cause for concern. In these situations it is most common that it’s actually an injury of the connective tissue.

The simplest and easiest way to prevent hernias from forming is to make changes to your diet, especially if you have a history is hernias in your family. Avoid heavy or large meals and keep your body weight in a healthy range. You can also perform certain exercises to strengthen the muscles around the hernia site, which may reduce some of the symptoms.