Symptoms of a herniated bowel include sharp pain due to swelling of the inguinal nerve, a feeling of fullness around the bowel, and nausea and vomiting, as reported by MedicineNet. Some patients experience reflux and epigastric pain.
Patients with a herniated bowel experience abdominal discomfort when bending and constipation may accompany a heavy feeling in the abdomen. Tenderness around the abdomen and swelling around the groin occurs in patients with inguinal hernias, while some patients may pass bloody stool, according to WebMD. Reflux occurs when bowel inflammation dislocates the gastroesophageal junction, leading to a burning sensation in the chest, a sour taste and upper abdominal pain, as stated by MedicineNet.
Hernia complications may occur due to entrapment of part of the intestine in the hernia sac. Swelling of the bowel may cause loss of blood circulation due to strangulation, leading to a surgical emergency. Fever and significant pain may also accompany bowel strangulation, according to MedicineNet. A herniated bowel may cause bulging around the groin, which becomes pronounced when a patient coughs. The patient also feels weak around the groin, and if the protruding intestine descends into the scrotum, it may cause swelling around the testicles, as noted by Mayo Clinic.