- Is there an unknown bulge in your abdomen or groin area?
- Do you have discomfort in your abdomen or groin when you bend or lift something?
- Do you suffer from acid reflux, difficulty swallowing or regurgitation?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may want to consult a health care professional about a possible hernia
A health care provider typically bases the diagnosis of a hernia on a physical examination, depending on the hernia type. While standing, a patient may be asked to cough, which increases pressure inside the abdominal cavity, and the hernia may bulge outward. Your health care provider may be able to see or feel it and try to make it go back in to determine how serious it is.
Sometimes ultrasounds or CT scans are also used to assist in making a hernia diagnosis.