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Abdominal pain? Could it be a hernia? 

If you experience abdominal pain when lifting, coughing, urinating or during other activities, you may have a hernia. A hernia is a weakness in the wall of the abdomen that allows its contents to push outward, potentially causing a bulge under the skin. Pain can either be dull or sharp and may radiate into the hip, back and legs, and may subside when you lie down or rest.

The type of hernia you have depends on its location. Most hernias form in the groin at or near what is known as the internal ring. This is the entrance to a canal between the abdomen and groin. Hernias can also occur in the abdomen, thigh, or genitals.

Incisional hernia – occurs at the site of a previous surgical incision
Umbilical hernia – occurs at the navel
Indirect inguinal hernia – occurs in the groin at the internal ring
Direct inguinal hernia – occurs in the groin near the internal ring
Femoral hernia – occurs just below the groin
Epigastric hernia – occurs in the upper abdomen at the midline 
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