Hernias are very painful, what’s worse is that the pain usually coincides with everyday activity and makes it hard to do your normal day-to-day routine. Unfortunately, the only way to truly eliminate pain from a hernia is to have surgery – but there are some things you can do to ease the discomfort. You’ll also learn a bit more about hernia pain in this article.
Before we go any further, it’s important to note that any kind of pain from a possible hernia should be looked at by your doctor immediately. The dangers of strangulation are immense, and you risk a life threatening condition if you’re not first diagnosed by your doctor as it being non-reducible.
Hernia Pain Symptoms
Hernias can hurt for several reasons, and the pain often varies in both location and severity from person to person. It can be dull, sharp, a burning sensation etc. and depends on how the tissue around the hernia is being torn or stretched. You may also experience irritation or damage to nerves, which can really confuse your body as to where the pain is coming from. Thus, pain is usually categorized as being localized or generalized. It’s best to see your doctor to determine exactly where the pain is coming from, and to plan a course of action.
Hernia Pain Relief
Aside from the obvious – surgery, which has become even less invasive with laparoscopic procedures – there are a few things you can do. The most notable is to limit any movements that cause the pain. Taking it easy is recommended for those waiting to have surgery or those trying to cope with the hernia. Often your doctor will prescribe pain medication, whether it be ibuprofen or something stronger like Tramal or other pain medications. Finally, hernia support like belts, briefs and trusses can help maintain pressure on the affected area and keep the hernia in place. This can both relieve pain and prevent it from getting worse under a best case scenario.