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Abdominal wall weak spots and hernias

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nearly 3 weeks ago i was doing some squats at the gym. when i came to lift the weights over my head at the end i struggled. in bed at night my abs felt really uncomfortable at about an inch ti the left/below my belly button. a few days later i also had a pain in my left groin and tesicle.
the pain in my groin and tesicle has now gone but my abs are still uncomfortable. it feels like something is trying to push out. there is now lump. i also have not been to the toilet as much and am producing stools half the size of normal. i still feel full after!
i have been to the docs 3 times and they says it not a hernia. on the 3rd visit he gave me some medication for IBS and still does not think its a hernia. in fact he said he does not know what it is but will start with IBS and a blood test.
please can you give any advice as it is driving me up the wall! thank you

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replied August 5th, 2010
Hernia Answer A14984
Hi and welcome to the forum! I am glad that I can help you.

You want to know the cause of the symptoms that you experience.

There are so-called weak spots on the front abdominal wall where hernias can be formed. One of these spots is the inguinal canal and the vertical lines that cross the umbilicus and the other on nearly 3 cm aside from the umbilicus. Conditions that cause an increase of the abdominal pressure such as weight lifting, pushing or pulling may cause protrusion of the peritoneum or intestines through one of the weak spots.

According to the data that you described, you experience pain in the abdomen. You may experience the pain due to the increased abdominal pressure on the front abdominal muscle wall although a hernia is not formed yet. Avoid any physical activity that causes an increase of the abdominal pressure such as pushing, pulling, or weight lifting.

Please keep in mind that I provide medical information only. I am not able to diagnose medical conditions online. Please contact your doctor for further advice and information about diagnosis and treatment options.

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