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What are some signs that you may have a hernia?

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Signs of inguinal, umbilical, femoral and incisional hernia include discomfort, a heavy feeling in the stomach, constipation, blood in the stool and an obvious subcutaneous lump that may be tender, according to WebMD. In contrast, hiatal hernia presents as upper abdominal pain and heartburn.

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A hernia is condition where pressure on and a weakness in the muscles of connective tissues cause an organ or fatty tissue to protrude through muscles and tissues, explains WebMD. Lifting heavy objects, constipation and persistent coughing may increase the pressure and thus the likelihood of hernia development. Being overweight, smoking and poor nutrition may also lead to a hernia as they weaken the muscle walls.

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