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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Hernia

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Frequently Asked Questions About Hernia

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  • A hernia may develop because of increased pressure in the body and an opening or weakness of muscle. Muscle weakness that can lead to a hernia is often caused by age, chronic coughing, damage from injury or surgery, or a failure of the abdominal wall to properly close in the womb
  • Your risk for hernia can increase if you have a family history for this disease

Q: What does a hernia feel like?

A: A hernia can be painful, and is often felt while resting, walking or running.1

Q: What does a hernia look like?

A: It may appear as a lump or bulge in the groin, upper part of the stomach, belly button or area with surgical scars. The lump typically contains parts of the intestine or abdominal fatty tissue.2,3

Q: What is a sports hernia?

A: A sports hernia, which is also called an “athletic pubalgia,” develops when muscles or tendons in your lower abdomen or groin are injured. This hernia is a painful tear that’s often triggered by activities that entail repetitive or explosive motions.4

Q: How do you get a hernia?

A: A hernia may develop because of increased pressure in the body that causes an organ to push through an opening or weakness of muscle.5 Some factors that can lead to a hernia include age, chronic coughing,6 damage from injury or surgery, or a failure of the abdominal wall to properly close in the womb.7,8 People who have weak muscles and strain their body further may develop a hernia as well.9,10

Q: Are hernias hereditary?

A: Studies have indicated that your risk for hernia can increase if you have a family history for this condition.11,12

Q: Can a hernia cause constipation?

A: No, but increased straining during a bowel movement may raise the pressure in the abdominal wall, and possibly lead to a hernia.13

Q: How do you get rid of hernias?

A: There are natural treatments you can consider to address hernia. Castor seed oil,14 aloe vera juice,15 ginger root,16 licorice root,17 fresh vegetable juice18 and ice packs19 may be useful in alleviating this condition. However, if the hernia is so severe that natural treatments do not work, procedures like an open surgery or laparoscopic surgery may be recommended.20

Q: Can a hiatal hernia go away?

A: Most hiatal hernia cases don’t need treatment.21 However, the following lifestyle changes may be helpful for dealing with this condition:22,23

Reducing intake of foods that can increase heartburn risk

Changing eating patterns by consuming smaller meals several times a day instead of having large meals24

Avoiding smoking

Increasing the head of your bed by at least 6 inches25

Avoiding bending over or lying down after eating26

Avoiding eating meals a few hours before going to bed

As much as possible, avoid drugs like over-the-counter antacids, or over-the-counter or prescription H2-receptor blockers or proton pump inhibitors (PPI) due to their potential adverse side effects.27,28,29

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