A Natural Approach To Health
Living With an Inguinal Hernia
I had a question the other day about an inguinal hernia.
An inguinal hernia happens when tissue pushes through a weak spot in your groin muscle.
This causes a bulge in your groin or scrotum.
The bulge may hurt or burn.
Most inguinal hernias happen because an opening in the muscle wall doesn’t close correctly before birth.
That leaves a weak area in your belly muscle.
Pressure on that area can cause tissue to push through and bulge out.
A hernia can occur soon after birth or much later in life.
You’re more likely to get a hernia if you’re overweight or you do a lot of lifting, coughing, or straining.
Hernias are more common in men.
A woman may get a hernia while she’s pregnant because of the pressure on her belly wall.
The main symptom of an inguinal hernia is a bulge in your groin or scrotum.
It often feels like a round lump.
The bulge may form over a period of weeks or months.
Or it may appear all of a sudden after you’ve been lifting heavy weights, coughing, bending, straining, or laughing.
The hernia may be painful, but some hernias cause a bulge without pain.
A hernia also may cause swelling and a feeling of heaviness, tugging, or burning in the area.
These symptoms may get better when you lie down.
Sudden pain, nausea, and vomiting are signs that a part of your intestine may have become trapped in the hernia.
Call your doctor if you have a hernia and have these symptoms.
If you have a hernia, it won’t heal on its own.
Surgery is the only way to treat a hernia.
If your hernia doesn’t bother you, you most likely can wait to have surgery.
Your hernia may get worse, but it may not.
In some cases, hernias that are small and painless may never need to be repaired.
Most people with hernias have surgery to repair them, even if they don’t have symptoms.
This is because many doctors believe surgery is less dangerous than strangulation, a serious problem that occurs when part of your intestine gets trapped inside the hernia.
But you may not need surgery right away.
If the hernia is small and painless and you can push it back into your belly, you may be able to wait.
To deal with an inguinal hernia it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily hydrates body and brain cells and flushes toxins (whether thirsty or not!).
*Review my post on candida.
*Increase exercise, relaxation techniques.
*Increase fresh, raw fruits and veggies (organic when possible).
*Consider fresh juicing.
*Consume plenty of fresh, raw, unroasted pumpkin seeds.
*Increase fiber intake.
*Ensure good bowel function; avoid constipation.
*Consider a liver and/or colon cleanse.
*Decrease toxic exposures (food and environmental).
*Decrease any and all hydrogenated, trans fats, deep-fried foods, margarine, fast foods, artificial sweeteners.
*Decrease sugar, sweets, white flour products, processed foods.
*Avoid tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, soda pop.
*Understand your medications and possible side effects.
*Maintain a healthy weight.