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A Hernia Can Be A Real Pain. Learn about Hernias and what you can do to get rid of them.

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hernia A hernia can be a real pain. A hernia is a common problem. It causes a localized bulge in the abdomen or groin. It can often be harmless and pain-free, but at times it can bring discomfort and pain. But really, what is a hernia? A hernia occurs when there is a weakness or hole in the peritoneum, the muscular wall that usually keeps abdominal organs in place. This defect in the peritoneum allows organs and tissues to push through, or herniate, producing a bulge. The lump may disappear when the person lies down, and sometimes it can be pushed back. Coughing may make it reappear. Some common facts of hernias include:

  • They often produce no troublesome symptoms, but abdominal complaints may signal a serious problem.
  • They are usually straightforward to diagnose, simply by feeling and looking for the bulge.
  • Treatment is a choice between watchful waiting and corrective surgery, either via an open or keyhole operation.
  • Inguinal hernia surgery is more common in childhood and old age, while the likelihood of femoral hernia surgery increases throughout life.
They can commonly be found in the following areas:
  • Groin A femoral hernia creates a bulge just below the groin. This is more common in women. An inguinal hernia is more common in men. It is a bulge in the groin that may reach the scrotum.
  • Upper part of the stomach A hiatal or hiatus hernia is caused by the upper part of the stomach pushing out of the abdominal cavity and into the chest cavity through an opening in the diaphragm.
  • Belly button A bulge in this region is produced by an umbilical or periumbilical hernia.
  • Surgical scar Past abdominal surgery can lead to an incisional hernia through the scar.
  Causes  With the exception of an incisional hernia (a complication of abdominal surgery), in most cases, there is no obvious reason for a hernia to occur. The risk of hernia increases with age and occurs more commonly in men than in women. They can be congenital (present at birth) or develop in children who have a weakness in their abdominal wall. Activities and medical problems that increase pressure on the abdominal wall can lead to a hernia. These include, but are not limited to:
  • Lifting heavy items
  • Persistent cough
  • Poor nutrition
  • Smoking
  • Physical exertion
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Straining to urinate
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Abdominal fluid
  • Straining on the toilet
  • Undescended testicles
Worried you may have a hernia that needs attention? Make an appointment with your doctor today, to come have it checked out.

Gut Health: 3 Tips to help your gut.

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gut-healthEvery time you eat a meal, you’re also feeding the roughly 100 trillion bacteria that call your gut and other organs home. Bacteria isn’t just passively hanging out in digestive organs: They have the ability to break down food remnants and turn them into usable sources of energy.  As many as 1,000 different bacterial strains inhabit our intestines, and each of us has our own unique gut fingerprint of microbes comprised of different species in different proportions. Different species of bacteria thrive on different foods, so what we eat alters our intestinal makeup. For example, research shows that the standard Western diet, high in protein and fat, has been associated with a greater proportion of bacteria belonging to the Bacteroides genus. A high-carbohydrate, high-fiber diet, such as that consumed by traditional rural populations, has been correlated with higher amounts of Prevotella bacteria. The following suggestions may help to nourish a more complex gut environment by fueling beneficial bacteria:

  • Eat a wide variety of high-fiber plant foods every single day, including vegetables, fruits, beans, lentils, whole grains, nuts, and seeds.
  • Incorporate prebiotic foods. Best bets include onions, garlic, leeks, shallots, asparagus, beets, cabbage, beans, lentils, soybeans, whole wheat, oats, and bananas.
  • Enjoy fermented foods. Fermented foods get their tang from lactic acid-producing bacteria, which can survive your harsh digestive tract and actually populate your gut, at least temporarily. Yogurt with live and active cultures is an easy source, but there are plenty of other deliciously funky options.
Contact your doctor for advice and questions about your gut health!