Do hernias cause pain?
Most hernias are not painful. If you do have a hernia and are experiencing pain, then you should be evaluated as soon as possible.
Most hernias are discovered as just a painless bulge, typically in the groin area or abdomen. Over time, hernias often become uncomfortable or painful.
So, it is not uncommon to experience pain, especially in inguinal (groin) and umbilical (belly button) hernias. But when you begin to experience pain, that is usually a sign that the hernia is getting worse and that you need to see a physician as soon as possible. Pain is often caused by tissues or organs protruding through the defect (hole) and having their blood supply compromised. Lack of oxygen to the tissues or organs causes pain. If the pain becomes severe, limiting your ability to walk for example, then you need to go to the nearest Emergency Room or call 911.
If you are starting to experience symptoms associated with a bulge in the groin, belly, or belly button, you need to see a hernia surgeon as soon as possible.