Asked by: Iram Rumele
asked in category: General Last Updated: 16th February, 2020

Can I have a hernia under my ribs?

A hernia is a generic term for a hole caused by a weak spot in your abdominal wall. It's above the belly button and just below the sternum of your rib cage. This type of hernia is a somewhat common condition in both adults and children. About 2 to 3 percent of all abdominal hernias are epigastric hernias.

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Furthermore, what are the symptoms of an upper abdominal hernia?

  • An obvious swelling beneath the skin of the abdomen or the groin; it may disappear when you lie down and may be tender.
  • A heavy feeling in the abdomen that is sometimes accompanied by constipation or blood in the stool.
  • Discomfort in the abdomen or groin when lifting or bending over.

Additionally, how do I check myself for a hernia? A hernia diagnosis is typically based on your history of symptoms, a physical exam, and possibly imaging tests. During your exam, your doctor will typically feel around your groin and testicles, and ask you to cough. This is done because standing and coughing or straining usually make a hernia more prominent.

Secondly, what is the lump at the bottom of the rib cage?

A lump near your xiphoid process can be mistaken for a tumor or hernia. For an accurate diagnosis, your doctor may schedule an imaging test of the lower part of your breastbone. An X-ray can reveal damage to the xiphoid process.

What does a hernia feel like to touch?

The most common sign of a hernia is a soft swelling or bulge under your skin. Most hernias are not painful. However, sometimes the area around your hernia may be tender and you may feel some sharp twinges or a pulling sensation. As your hernia gets bigger, your pain and discomfort may increase.

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