Anyone who has dealt with or is currently dealing with a hernia understands the discomfort it can bring. The key symptoms of a hernia include a visible lump, an upset stomach, muscle weakness, vomiting, heartburn, fever, and pain. If you’re experiencing a hernia you must deal with it quickly. It may not be life-threatening right away, but it won’t go away on its own.
In this article, we dive deeper to find out what exactly causes a hernia and the factors that can put you at a greater risk for developing one. We’ll also look into treatment options and steps you can take to help prevent them from happening. Here’s everything you should know about a hernia.
What Is a Hernia?
Dealing with a hernia is never an enjoyable experience and it can occur in any part of the body. Some of the more common areas include the upper abdomen (hiatal hernia), inner groin (inguinal hernia), outer groin (femoral hernia), close to the navel (umbilical hernia), or near the area of a recent surgical scar (incisional hernia).
But what is a hernia exactly? In short, a hernia presents as a lump, which occurs when the muscle wall becomes weak, letting fatty tissue squeeze through. In many cases, an internal organ, typically the bladder or bowel will push through the surrounding muscle. This can cause mild to extremely painful symptoms.