A bulge in the abdomen
Chayathorn Lertpanyaroj/Shutterstock The most common sign of a hernia is a painful, visible lump or protrusion in your abdominal area. But that’s not the only indication that you could be experiencing this painful—and potentially dangerous—condition. Following are some other hernia symptoms that you’re much more likely to ignore. Plus, learn some other easy-to-miss signs your body could be in big trouble.
Pain while bending over or lifting heavy objects
beeboys/Shutterstock Pain and discomfort in your abdomen can signal a hernia even if you don’t see a bulge. In particular, if you feel pain, pressure, or discomfort while bending down, lifting things, or coughing, you might want to talk to your doctor. Hernias can also manifest themselves in the form of an uncomfortable tightness in your abdomen or groin. Some rare types of hernias—such as femoral or obturator hernias, in which an abdominal organ pushes into the groin or upper leg—are less likely to reveal themselves in the form of lumps; diagnosing these types can require a CT scan. Here are some more reasons you might have abdominal pain.