Anyone who has dealt with or is currently dealing with a hernia understands the discomfort it can bring. 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. They may not be life-threatening right away, but they don’t go away on their own.
In this article, we dive deeper to find out what exactly causes a hernia as well as 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 is a lump. They happen when the muscle wall becomes weak causing fatty tissue to squeeze through the connective tissue. In many cases, an internal organ, typically the bladder or bowel, or part of the intensive will push through the surrounding muscle. This can cause mild to extremely painful symptoms.