Stomach Hernia Symptoms


For inguinal hernias, most patients notice a feeling of fullness or a lump in the groin area with pain and burning. Physical examination can usually confirm the diagnosis. Stomach hernia may occur when a part of the abdominal fat or small intestine comes out of the abdominal wall when it becomes weak and leads to the formation of a hole or “defect”. Hernia has now-a-days become a common disorder among many people but its symptoms may vary from person to person. While some people may suffer from severe abdominal pain, heartburn and discomfort, some may not even demonstrate any symptoms related to hernia.

Symptoms Of Stomach Hernia

Abdominal Discomfort

This is yet another common symptom of stomach or abdominal hernia. Since a part of the patient’s abdominal organ or fat breaks out of the abdominal cavity wall, the patient may start feeling abdominal discomfort and pain. The abdominal pain and discomfort may persist and become more severe as the disorder progresses to its advanced stages.

Formation Of Lump

This is one of the most prominent symptoms of stomach hernia. A palpable lump may be visible in the lower abdominal area which may or may not result in pain.

The lump formation occurs as a result of abdominal fat or organ protrusion, in which the lump may or may not generate severe pain before its appearence. The bulge may sink down on lying down or protrude further on sneezing and coughing. Since this is one of the most prominent signs of abdominal or stomach hernia, one should definitely consult a health care specialist immediately in order to prevent the increased chances of future risks.

Irreducible Hernia

This stage may be termed as the second stage of hernia. This stage is so named as the hernia lump no longer remains in a stage to get reduced on its own by pushing it back into the abdomen. In this stage the hernia is known as incarcerated hernia and may become tender and larger in size.

Some people may suffer from severe abdominal pain and fever during this stage. Other than that, they may also demonstrate symptoms of bowel obstruction like vomiting and nausea. The skin over the lump may turn red and tender. Strangulation of hernia (blood supply cut off) may also occur which can result in severe pain. Finally, the patient may also feel the pain advancing down the lower parts of the body because of the increase in size of the hernia.

Strangulated Hernia

In this stage the hernia or the protruded part gets strangulated, which means that the blood supply gets cut off from that region. As a result of which the patient suffers from symptoms like severe abdominal pain, burning sensation in the abdominal area, nausea and vomiting.

In this stage the bulge or lump cannot be pushed back into the abdominal space and requires surgery for the purpose. Other than that, the patient may also suffer from high fever and his or her heart rate may increase abnormally. He or she may faint or show signs of severe weakness even without having fever. The abdominal pain and nausea remains persistent and the patient becomes very weak due to insufficient blood supply. In this stage the symptoms become very severe and patient must be immediately admitted to a hospital for surgical treatment of hernia.

Reducible Hernia

This is the initial stage of hernia. In this stage the patient may or may not even display any significant symptoms of hernia like pain and tenderness of the swollen area. However, the patient may develop a palpable lump in the abdominal region. The lump may be pushed back by a doctor in this stage and may or may not carry any pain with it.

However, the patient may feel extreme pain before the development of the lump. This stage is so called because the hernia can be easily reduced or treated in this stage if it doesn’t become too large. The patient may feel pain on touching or pushing the lump but the lump does not become tender in this stage.

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