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is this hernia the size of a small watermelon making me ill?

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I had an emergency appendectomy 10 months ago. I noticed 4 months after I had a bulge and the doctor said it was an umbilical hernia. Its been about 6 months later and I find it painful. I hear it gurgling all the time. I feel really nauseous and overheated at times. When I lift my stomach I feel some relief. My hernia is about the size of a small watermelon on the left side of my stomach. It hurts when I lay on that side. Could this hernia be making me ill?

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replied November 21st, 2013
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Hi, and thanks for your query on eHealth forum!

Well, if you have been diagnosed as having hernia, and are hearing gurgling sound and there is pain, then parts of intestine are forming contents of the hernia. Since it is the size of a small water-melon, it is best to undergo repair as soon as possible. Day to day activities requiring you to lift things, or push things or symptoms like cough and constipation can worsen it. Please consult your doctor regarding fixing this as soon as can be arranged. Hope this helps. Take care!

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