Q. Why is the pain form an inguinal hernia getting worse?

Answered by
Dr. Anshul Varshney
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 09, 2017

Hi doctor,

I have an inguinal hernia for over a year. The pain is getting worse each passing day from the last week. I do not have any symptoms that suggest it is strangulated. I am 5.10 feet tall, and I weigh 212 lbs.



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  • In cases, where strangulation of the hernia is suspected, one needs immediate attention and surgery is required. If the hernia is not strangulated, routine surgery can be planned. I suppose, there is no point in waiting and getting things complicated.
  • Go to an ER, and get a surgeon's opinion. If required, he will post you for an ultrasound. If there are no signs of strangulation, he would give you pain killers like Diclofenac for a short duration and if there is strangulation, he would post you immediately for a surgery.
  • In general, strangulation is an acute complication of a hernia, and pain starts suddenly, and it is not that pain is constant for many days. Since when do you have the hernia? Since when have you developed the pain? Are you vomiting?

I hope it helps you. If you have any further query, please ask me.

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Thank you doctor,

I have not vomited. The pain has been increasing over the last few days, and it is uncomfortable but not debilitating. I have had this hernia for about a year.



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  • Based on the history, it does not look like strangulation, but an examination is a must. You might be having pain as a result of the hernia itself. But since strangulation is life-threatening, you should not wait much. Go to an ER today and get a check-up done.

Good luck.

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