A hernia is when an organ such as the intestine, small intestine or fatty tissue, can burst through a lining or connective tissue. Essentially, this is caused by a weak spot in the lining of the abdominal wall, and the organ protrudes through this, forming a small lump. This lump can get bigger as more of the organ makes its way through, and it can also become strangulated and blocked. Pressure often causes herniation, but there must be a weak spot in the first place. Weak spots are either there from birth or can be created over time through poor nutrition, obesity, and smoking.
The first sign of any type of a hernia is some level of discomfort and pain. A small lump may appear under the skin, and you may feel a type of burning sensation in the area. This aching can often make you feel week and also create a heavy, dragging sensation in the groin or where the bulge is located. This is the initial symptom of the push through the abdominal wall. The pain typically intensifies when you strain to lift or push or exercise, or even when you cough, but it should subside when you lie down to rest.
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