ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Health»
  • Diseases, Disorders & Conditions

Do you have an Inguinal Hernia ??

Updated on June 9, 2009

What is that bump on my abdomen?

When I hit my 45th birthday about a decade ago I was concerned about how my body decided on its' own to loosen up and "head south". You might be able to identify with that same picture. You know when you wake up one morning, take a shower, and stand in front of the bathroom mirror to see the slight beginnings of sagging to your chest, love handles hugging the pelvis, and the loss of a tight buttocks. I was in shear panic!!

I pretty much kept in shape throughout my life with regular lap pool swimming, but somewhere along heading to graduate school, working 60 hours a week, I no longer had routine exercising as top priority. Looking at the beginnings of maturing while standing in front of that mirror convinced me I needed to take drastic action, and I did. I went right on-line and purchased one of those all inclusive work-out machines.

Just as the advertisement mentioned, I marched my way to daily thirty minute work-out sessions and within eight weeks I could see improvement to the tone of my arms, chest, abdomen, and legs. I even noticed my once sagging butt beginning to fill out the back of my pants. Maybe I was too overjoyed but I thought with these results, why not put in more time during the workout sessions and "beef" up the weights. It couldn't hurt, right?

Being so focused on building "the chest to die for", I began to double up the abdominal and pectoral sessions. During one late night work-out session I did more reps than normal which included adding heavier weights for the last set. I know I was not focused on technique or controlling my breathing correctly. One more pull forward and crunch and I could call it a night. That last pull was followed by an intense "burning" sensation in my groin area located to the left side midway between my belly button and my scrotum. The burning lasted for several minutes then subsided. I am not attributing the use of the machine as a cause to this pain, but more responsible was my actions in overdoing too much weight and incorrect body positioning.

Inguinal Hernia:

Most often, inguinal hernias are caused by the failure of abdominal muscle closure at birth. This type of hernia can be noted sometime after birth or later on in life. The hernia presents as a "bumping out" nodule along the groin or scrotal area and can be either painful or painless. This type of hernia would mostly be noted from routine evaluation during physical exams. Any protruding mass located in the scrotal region should be evaluated promptly due to the potential for obstruction of blood flow to the testicles.

Inguinal hernias are more common to men, but women are not exempt. These hernias appear to be prevalent in people performing heavy labor, such as lifting, bending, or any physical activity causing frequent abdominal pressure (weightlifting). It is thought that most of these cases are due to a weakness in the abdominal musculature which then allows the intestinal tissue to protrude. The most common areas for inguinal hernias are the groin, scrotum, or labia (for women).

I first noticed a small "lump" on my abdomen under the skin. Putting pressure on this area with my finger caused slight discomfort and infrequently made a "bubbling" sound. I also noticed a pulling sensation on my abdominal area when the hernia protruded outward. Two years went by without having any complications except the size of the hernia got larger. This is probably due to my obsession with working out. I began having more frequent discomfort when the hernia seemed to protrude out more and was the size of a lemon, but I could always decompress it back into the abdomen. One day I was jogging and felt increased pain to the hernia area. I sat down and tried to decompress it with little results. The pain seemed to intensify and the hernia tightened. I laid down on the sidewalk and breathing slowly while relaxing the abdominal area was able to push the hernia back into place. Now I knew I needed professional help.

One should always have a physician or Nurse Practitioner evaluate any notable "lump" felt in the groin area. Surgery is not always the immediate treatment but that can be discussed between you and your physician. Any associated symptoms of nausea, vomiting, increased pain, or increased tension to the area should be reported to your physician immediately. I would not recommend waiting as I did because the size of the hernia required a surgical mesh to further reinforce the repaired area. Recovery from this type of surgery can be anywhere from four to six weeks depending on the type of surgical approach and size of area involved.

If you have been advised to have surgical repair, I offer the following helpful tips on your day of surgery:


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • BeiYin profile image

      BeiYin 7 years ago from Ibiza Spain

      So you never ask yourself if there would be an alternative way to heal your hernia? Luckely I had enough negative experiences with the medical system before I got my inguinal hernia and when the med. doctor suggested an imidiate surgery, I simply refused this and investigated myself. In this time, that's about six years ago, there was absolutely no information available, only about surgery. But I insisted and finally after half a year of investigation, I could get a treatment together. That I did for about half a year and then I was completely healed! I have made a Web page about it. Gooble for: 'Hernia healed without surgery'. Some people say: Healing from hernia is not possible, so you must be a liar. That's OK with me, you just let them put some plastic mesh into your body. If then you believe that you are healed, you must not be surprised what will follow...


      PS: Your article is informing, but giving the wrong direction.

    • GeneralHowitzer profile image

      Gener Geminiano 8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Very useful hub, thanks for always delivering worthwhile articles for the hubbers to get worthwhile info and tips.

    • HealthCare Basics profile image

      HealthCare Basics 9 years ago from San Diego, California

      Thank you Brenda for commenting. I appreciate you taking the time to read my Hub.

    • profile image

      \Brenda Scully 9 years ago

      I enjoyed your hub, and it was just the right length.........

    • HealthCare Basics profile image

      HealthCare Basics 9 years ago from San Diego, California

      Thank you for reading and commenting.

    • R. Johnson profile image

      R. Johnson 9 years ago

      very informative, thank you very much for sharing!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: ""

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)