When Should I Worry About Hernia Pain?

Jul 30, 2023

You must be familiar with a hernia, the condition in which an internal part of the body manages to squeeze through an opening in the surrounding tissue or muscle. A bulge-like appearance results from the organ pushing through, and it can cause much pain. While many times hernia is not life-threatening, it can still develop serious complications. So, when to worry about hernia pain? Read this blog to find out!

Symptoms of Hernia

A bump is the most common symptom of a hernia, and it might appear when you strain or lift something heavy. Moreover, the lump may disappear when you lie down. Other than this, the signs of hernia include the following:

  • Pain in the affected area
  • Pain or discomfort upon coughing, straining, bowel movement, and even when lifting something
  • Dragging sensation
  • Feeling of fullness

There are different types of hernia; you should contact a healthcare provider right away to make sure you receive adequate treatment.

Does Hernia Cause Pain?

Sometimes, a hernia does not cause any discomfort. Many times, hernias are asymptomatic and are discovered during imaging tests or physical examinations. Other times, a hernia can result in significant pain, especially when the affected individual indulges in straining, lifting, bending, or coughing.

The size and location of a hernia also determine the level of pain you will experience. Generally, smaller hernias bring forth less discomfort compared to larger hernias. Moreover, hernias in some locations cause more discomfort than other positions. You will require immediate medical attention if you have constant severe pain or the lump starts turning red or becomes discolored.

The severity and type of hernia pain also differ depending on each individual. Usually, it is described as a mild, dull ache or pressure in the affected area. Some people also experience a burning or stabbing sensation, while others complain of shooting pain. Your doctor will be able to assess your condition and determine if you require hernia surgery or another treatment.

How to Know Hernia Pain Is Serious?

Hernias are treatable, but they can lead to severe complications, including hernia strangulation or incarceration if they do not require the needed attention. This happens as a part of the intestine might become trapped in the abdominal wall and loses the blood supply, which basically means that there is a possible risk of the intestine tissue dying. Intestine death is life-threatening, and you will need instant medical care if you suspect this condition.

Here are some signs you need to worry about hernia pain:

  • The bulge becomes red, purple, green, or any other discoloration occurs.
  • The hernia cannot be pushed back in, becomes firm, tender, or any other changes take place.
  • The pain keeps getting worse.
  • Sudden pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fever
  • Difficulty passing gas
  • Constipation

Final Note

You may have severe hernia pain, and you will need medical attention if serious symptoms make an appearance. Therefore, make sure you keep an eye out for the signs of possible complications and consult a healthcare provider.

At Nova Bariatrics, we care about your well-being and offer adequate treatments that show successful results. Talk to us at (469) 639-0953 or give us a visit!

Dr. Mustafa H. Alibhai

Dr. Alibhai, a board-certified general surgeon, passionately leads Nova Bariatrics and General Surgery. Formerly an Assistant Professor at McGovern Medical School, he’s a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons. His academic journey includes a Bachelor’s from Southern Methodist University, Medical School at UT Southwestern, and residencies at UT Southwestern. Specializing further, he completed Bariatric and Robotic Fellowships, advancing surgical techniques with a focus on patient well-being.



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