Hernias may not cause any symptoms, but typical symptoms include:
- a bulge or lump in the groin or abdomen
- pain, burning, aching, heaviness or discomfort, especially when coughing, straining or lifting
- a pulling sensation around the lump or bulge
- weakness or pressure in your groin
- swelling and pain around the testicles.
If you think you or someone in your care may have a hernia, it’s important to see a doctor to discuss treatment options.
Occasionally, tissue from inside the abdomen gets trapped in the hernia. Usually, the tissue can be gently pushed back into the abdomen.
But sometimes, it can’t. The symptoms of this include:
Last reviewed: April 2017