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Understanding Hernias: Types, Causes, and Symptoms You Need to Know

Understanding hernias? Know types, causes and symptoms!

Have you ever lifted something heavy and felt a weird bulge pop out in your abdomen or groin? Or maybe you’ve experienced a dull ache that gets worse when you cough or sneeze? If so, you might be dealing with a hernia. But don’t panic! Hernias are actually quite common, and while they can be uncomfortable, they’re usually treatable.

What Exactly Is a Hernia?

Imagine your muscles are like a strong security team, keeping your insides safe and sound. A hernia happens when a weakness or tear develops in this muscular wall, allowing an organ or tissue to push through. It’s like a sneaky stowaway trying to escape! The most common spot for hernias is the abdomen, particularly the groin area, but they can also occur in the upper thigh, belly button, and even the diaphragm (the muscle separating your chest from your abdomen).

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Different Types of Hernias: Your Body’s Weak Spots

Hernias come in a variety of flavors, depending on where they show up. Here’s a quick rundown of the most frequent offenders:

  • Inguinal Hernia: This is the most common type, happening in the groin area. It can appear on either side, or sometimes both! You might notice a bulge that pops out when you cough, lift something heavy, or strain.
  • Femoral Hernia: Similar to an inguinal hernia, but it occurs in the crease where your thigh meets your abdomen. This one’s more common in women.
  • Umbilical Hernia: This arises near the belly button, especially in babies who haven’t fully developed their abdominal wall muscles yet. It can also happen in adults due to strenuous activity, pregnancy, or obesity.
  • Hiatal Hernia: This is the odd one out, occurring in the diaphragm. Part of your stomach pushes up into your chest cavity, sometimes causing heartburn and chest pain.

What Causes Hernias to Show Up?

There are a few reasons why hernias might decide to crash the party:

  • Muscle Weakness: As we age, our muscles naturally weaken, making them more susceptible to tears or strain.
  • Strenuous Activity: Lifting heavy objects or exercising with improper form can put a lot of pressure on your abdominal muscles, leading to a hernia.
  • Chronic Coughing: If you have a persistent cough due to conditions like COPD, the constant strain can weaken your muscles and create a hernia.
  • Pregnancy: Carrying a baby puts a lot of pressure on your abdomen, which can lead to a hernia, especially if you have multiple pregnancies or are overweight.
  • Surgery: Previous abdominal surgery can leave weak spots in your muscles, increasing the risk of a hernia later on.

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What to do if you Think you have Hernia?

If you suspect you have a hernia, the best course of action is to see your doctor. They can usually diagnose a hernia through a physical exam and may order imaging tests like an ultrasound or CT scan to confirm the location and size.

In most cases, surgery is the recommended treatment for a hernia. The type of surgery will depend on the location and severity of the hernia. But don’t worry, hernia surgery is a fairly common procedure with a high success rate.

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Making a Personal Injury Claim for a Hernia with National Claims

Because hernias can sometimes be caused by accidents, not just everyday wear and tear, we at National Claims want to assure you that we can help. While the previous information focused on hernias caused by general strain, we understand that these injuries can also arise from unexpected events. If you believe your hernia was a direct result of an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Here’s how our personal injury solicitors can fight for you:

Free Consultation:

Our support starts with a free consultation. We’ll listen to the details of your accident and the resulting hernia. This discussion allows us to assess the situation and advise you on the strength of your potential claim.

Expert Legal Representation:

If we believe you have a strong case, our experienced solicitors will provide tailored legal representation. We’ll navigate the complexities of the legal system, ensuring your rights are protected and you receive fair compensation for medical costs, lost income, and any pain and suffering you’ve endured.

No Win, No Fee:

At National Claims, we believe everyone deserves access to justice. That’s why we offer a “No Win, No Fee” agreement. You won’t be burdened with upfront legal costs. Our fees depend on the success of your claim, so you can pursue compensation with confidence, knowing we’re invested in your victory.

Compassionate Support:

We understand that accidents can be emotionally taxing. Our team offers compassionate support throughout the entire claims process. We’re here to answer your questions, address your concerns, and provide the emotional support you may need during this challenging time.


Hernias might seem scary at first, but with proper diagnosis and treatment, they’re usually manageable. By understanding the types, causes, and symptoms, you can be proactive about your health and get the help you need if a hernia decides to show up uninvited. Remember, your body is talking to you – listen to it!

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