Are Smokers More Prone to Inguinal Hernias?
Smokers, listen up. There are numerous reasons why you should quit smoking. You’re aware, so we won’t bother you with the benefits to a healthy heart and lungs. We’ll stick to how smoking affects inguinal hernias – your odds of getting one and your recovery from one.
Men, not only are you eight times more likely than women to have an inguinal hernia, but if you’re a smoker, your odds increase even more. Nicotine and other toxins found in cigarettes, chewless tobacco and e-cigarettes degrades collagen. Collagen provides the strength of the abdominal wall. Thus smokers with their damaged collagen have a much weaker abdominal wall. Collagen is also a major component of the healing tissue after surgery. So not only smokers more likely to have a hernia, but are more likely to have the surgery to repair the hernia fail.
Dr. Brown Explains What an Inguinal Hernia Is
You notice that you feel pain when you cough, lift objects, sneeze, or do other things that affect the lower abdominal region. And you feel a bulge in the area. You find that even if you take it easy as soon as you use those muscles, the pain returns. Pain and a bulge are indicators that you may have an inguinal hernia.
“What is an inguinal hernia?” In layman terms, an inguinal hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall. Something from inside the abdomen can pop through this hole and causes the infamous bulge underneath the skin. The small intestines are the most common thing to pop out but the large intestines and pelvic organs can pop out as well.
How do you get a hole in the abdominal wall? This area is known as your “core.” Muscles in the core…
A Sports Hernia by Any Other Name is Still as Painful
A sharp, shooting pain around the groin that gets worse when you sneeze, exercise, cough, lift something heavy, or play sports. Could be anything. Could be a pulled muscle, an overworked area, a strained ligament. But what if it doesn’t go away, even after you have rested given the injury a chance to heal?
It could be very possible that it’s a sports hernia injury. This often-misdiagnosed condition affects many athletes, but very few can immediately pinpoint it. In fact, very few doctors even know what they’re looking for. Regardless, it’s a very real, very painful condition for those suffering.
The pain associated with sports hernias typically feels like a sharp pain in the lower groin area, the thigh, or the testicles. The pain is usually only on one side, and may get temporarily better if the athlete takes…
Complicated Diagnosis Process Affects Sports Hernia Patients
There is no lack of cases in which an athlete suffers from sharp, persistent pain in the groin area that no doctor seems to be able to diagnose. Athletes are told it’s a strained muscle, a torn ligament, hyper-tension or a sprain. But one they most likely have not heard of is a sports hernia. Why? Because many doctors aren’t aware there is such a condition.
Sports hernias are much more common than many physicians believe, and they can be tricky to diagnose—but they’re real. And the pain and debilitation is real, too. This pain can affect the lower abdomen, groin, thigh, or for men, the testicles. It intensifies when playing, and can disrupt daily life.
Here are a few reasons why sports hernias can be tough to diagnose:
The Visual Aid. Sports hernias don’t present like a regular hernia. Sometimes there’s…
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Five Common Myths About Sports Hernias
Sometimes it’s easy to tell the difference between medical truths and myths, like when a distant aunt sends you an article about the latest cancer-curing berry found on sale on Amazon for an amazing $19.99. Unfortunately, all myths aren’t as easy to spot.
Sports hernias are already complex injuries, with few common symptoms. Even in the medical world, there are few experts who are skilled at diagnosing and treating inguinal disruptions, making even harder to discern fact from fiction. Information that stems from the internet or even your doctor might seem reasonable at face value, but is wrong. To prevent injuries and help speed along your recovery, let’s dispel five of the most common myths about sports hernias.
1. Sports hernia injuries only happen to professional athletes.
Usually when we hear about sports hernias, it’s because our favorite hockey player or pro athlete is…