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The signs you might have a hernia and how to check

A hernia occurs when the muscle wall surrounding internal organs weakens.

The weakened area eventually swells to the point where parts of internal organs begin poking out of the muscle. There are some easy ways that you can check for  a hernia as well as the type of hernia you may have:

Check in the main spots for a hernia:

Hernias can affect several areas across the body. One of the most common types of hernia is a stomach hernia.

Stomach Hernias are called Hiatal Hernia. This is an opening through the diaphragm that separates the abdomen and chest. Hatal Hernias often come with a paraesophageal or sliding property.
Epigastic hernias also occur in the stomach at the site of the Naval. When fat pushes through the belly wall between the navel and breastbone.

Incisional hernias occur after abdominal surgery when the mesh lining is not installed correctly and intestines slip out of the mesh lining through a surgical scar.

Umbilical hernias are another common type of hernia in infants in which the belly button area porch roots as a result of an infant crying.

Other types of hernias:

Some other common types of hernias include Iguinal hernia’s that affect the groin area, Femoral Hernias affecting the upper thigh, Anal hernias or rectal prolapses as well as hernias in the back and skull.

The signs of a hernia:


Pain is usually the first sign that you will start to notice. You may notice acute pain in one particular area as well as swelling in the area at the site of your pain. Swelling or bulges may not always be painful but the pain will often return as the swelling increases.


Most hernias cause bulges which can be pushed back into the hernia site. When some bulges get overly swollen or when the hernia site starts to heal over, the internal organs may no longer fit back inside without surgical intervention. If you experience swelling at the site of a potential hernia site and you are unable to push the lump back in, you should seek immediate medical attention.

Strain during activity:

A common symptom of a hernia is a feeling of acute pain during activity. Whether you cough, lift a heavy object or partake in sports, this can be very difficult to do with a hernia. The pain at the sight can be quite severe while you are in rapid movement.

If you suspect a hernia:

Speak to a doctor as soon as possible if you think you may have a hernia. If you have noticed acute swelling and pain in areas throughout your body, you should highly consider seeing a medical professional to assess the area and work on a treatment plan for your needs.

If you are seeking hernia experts in Berkshire, contact us today at the Berkshire Hernia Center for hernia care. We have the experts that can check for a hernia and provide a plan for treatment that will suit your needs.

Posted in: News on May 5, 2020.

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