Hernias occurring in the abdomen or the groin region cause a peculiar heavy sensation in the gut. Hernias affecting the intestines characteristically push against the muscles of the abdomen, causing this sensation. Other intestinal or groin hernias result in the bulge grating against adjacent muscles or canals, creating the feeling of dragging, pressure, or weakness in the affected area. Although not well-defined, this "dragging" symptom may point to the presence of a hernia.
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