Some symptoms of a lower abdominal or inguinal hernia include a bulge in the area on either side of the pubic bone, as well as weakness or pressure in the groin, states the Mayo Clinic. Another symptom is pain in the groin that is especially noticeable when coughing, bending or lifting.
Additionally, a person with an inguinal hernia may experience a burning, aching or gurgling sensation at the area of the bulge, explains the Mayo Clinic. A heavy or dragging sensation, along with pain and swelling around the testicles, can also signal an inguinal hernia. When lying down, a person with an inguinal hernia should be able to gently push the loop of bowel back into the abdomen. In some cases, applying ice to the area to reduce swelling or lying with the pelvis higher than the head can help the hernia slide back into the abdomen.
In some cases, the loop of intestine becomes trapped in the abdominal wall, which can cause a strangulated hernia, according to the Mayo Clinic. This causes blood supply to the intestine to be cut off, which can be life-threatening without treatment. A strangulated hernia requires surgical intervention to restore blood flow. Signs and symptoms of a strangulated hernia include nausea and vomiting, fever, rapid heart rate, sudden pain that rapidly worsens, and a dark-colored hernia bulge.