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Comment from: tejerao naik, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 28

My grandson is one and a half month old. He is suffering from direct inguinal hernia. He is suffering from inability to urinate. His birth before 20 days was by Caesarian. His mother was suffering from diabetes in pregnancy.

Comment from: jim M., 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: February 02

After an open abdominal aneurysm repair 3 years ago I had 7 incisional hernias from my navel to my chest. This left the left side of my upper abdomen to protrude like a top fifth of a basketball after a large meal. After a few hours it shrinks, and with a bowel movement almost, but not quite, disappears. It's been 2 years since this repair, done with a modified Shouldice technique and mesh. There is zero pain, it is just a little unsightly and as I said after a bowel movement looks just like a guy with a little paunch.

Comment from: Cleo, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 20

I have pain in the right side of groin. It is worse when pushing to go to the bathroom. I am sneezing and coughing. I had ultra sound and it showed nothing. The pain in my groin is worse. I think it is hernia.

Comment from: Gray, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 07

Hernia developed after heavy lifting, a bulge to the left of the scrotum. After two years and continually pushing the bulge back in it seems to be healing itself on its own. I have not had surgery and the pain has subsided. Not eating red meat and losing weight seem to have helped also, blood pressure is moving out of the ultra-high range back to a normal high range.

Comment from: wendy, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 14

My wife had a hernia repaired with mesh and infection set in, and it has been hard to see her in so much pain. It has been 5 months and medicines on top of medicines. I don't know what to do next.

Comment from: jen, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 03

At first, I went to the hospital where I was diagnosed with heartburn. I just got back from having emergency surgery. I had pain and nausea when I coughed and I had a bulge in my abdomen.

Comment from: Female Hernia, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 23

I am over weight and have had two inguinal hernias, both about 20 years ago. For the last month I have had a painful groin. Nothing pops out. It is just sore inside.

Comment from: Birjees, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 08

I'm suffering from an umbilical hernia. It's not very painful but my abdomen has increased in size.

Comment from: TT2, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 09

I was just diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. I had been feeling some pain/tenderness in and above groin area. It felt like hair being pulled out by the roots. Also, my belly was swelling, and feeling tight. I had some diarrhea and a feeling of my testicles being sat upon. Also, when coughing, I felt pain more severely.

Comment from: jack, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 19

While playing basketball, I jumped up and felt a little pain below my navel. Then I sat down for a little rest, I got up and felt pain again in the same spot but also to the left when I tried to lift my leg, I could not run or bend down without some sort of pain, when I got home I showered and slept for the night, the next day I could not lift my left leg, pain was all over the left side and the lower part of my navel and a little swelling around that area.

Comment from: 45-54 Female Published: July 27

I had been doing a lot of heavy physical work, and felt like a muscle tore in my abdominal cavity, left of my navel and down a couple of inches. there was a burning sensation when the area was touched, thus thinking it was a torn muscle, was not painful when laying down even when hand pressure was applied. Only upon standing up was pain increased with any straining. However, later I noticed a little pouching area where "the burn" was. At first hard to see due to excess belly fat, thus leading to a self diagnoses of a spigelian hernia, however this has not been confirmed by a physician, will make an appointment soon!

REFERENCE:

Fitzgibbons, Jr., R.J., and R.A. Forse. "Clinical Practice. Groin Hernias in Adults." N Engl J Med 372.8 Feb. 19, 2015: 756-763.

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