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Common Symptoms

Inguinal Hernia

A bulge in the groin which can come and go; gets bigger with straining, lifting heavy objects, sneezing, coughing, usually worse at the end of the day, and better in the morning.

Femoral Hernia

A bulge in the groin or just below the groin crease, sometimes painful, especially when getting in or out of the car, or standing for long periods of time.

Ventral Hernia

A bulge in the abdomen, sometimes painful sometimes not; get bigger and smaller, usually when intra-abdominal pressure increases like coughing or sneezing; might be under or near an old scar like a C-section or appendectomy scar.

Umbilical Hernia

Having an outie belly button which seems to be getting bigger, sometimes painful sometimes not.

Gallbladder Stones

Pain in the right side, up by the rib cage or up under the rib cage after a meal, usually a fatty meal like pizza; pain could also be in the right or mid back, or in the right shoulder or neck.

Colon Pathology

There are a variety of colon issues which often times present with common symptoms. Typical symptoms include bloating, abdominal distention, blood in the stool, diarrhea, constipation, and any noticeable change in bowel habits. Evaluation of the colon is often done with both blood and stool laboratory studies, as well as colonoscopy.

Liver Pathology

Problems with the live can often present with right sided upper abdominal pain, usually up under the rib cage and into the back. Yellowed skin called jaundice or eyes called scleral icterus may occur as well.