Some conditions are relatively easy for a physician to diagnose. There are certain symptoms and signs along with other risk factors making the condition or disease easier to pinpoint. When it comes to hernias, the challenge of hernia diagnosis in women can be quite frustrating for the woman.
So What’s The Problem?
The pelvic anatomy of a man is different from a woman. When a man gets an inguinal hernia, not only does it hurt, but it usually can be seen. This bulge in the abdomen is a specific sign of a hernia, so it is easier to diagnose. Doctors are easily able to make the diagnosis since there are very few other possibilities.
Unfortunately for women, it is not so straightforward. Sometimes a bulge may appear in a woman, but many women have no outward symptoms. Their pelvic pain can have multiple causes and some doctors overlook hernia as the first choice.
Consequences Of A Misdiagnosis
Many times a woman’s pelvic pain is misdiagnosed as a more common female issue. A woman may visit her gynecologist thinking it is something related to their reproductive system. She is either sent home as the doctor rules out typical problems, but the pain continues, and the hernia continues to grow.
Another scenario is the woman begins diagnostic tests and procedures for more common female issues like the following: uterine fibroids, endometriosis, or ovarian cysts.
This misdiagnosis begins a series of time consuming and frustrating tests and procedures.
Be An Advocate For Your Health
Knowing the typical female symptoms of a hidden hernia can help you to suggest focus on that possible cause. Female hernias can be overlooked unless your physician specifically checks for them.
If you experience the following symptoms, tell your physician:
- Severe burning and aching pain
- Pain in your groin when you cough or laugh
- Constant pressure especially if you lift something
- Pain that gets worse as the day progresses
- A burning feeling in the upper thigh
- Stabbing pain that radiates down the leg and lower back
- Urgency to urinate
Schedule a Hernia Consultation in the Tri-Cities
Contact Premier Surgical Lawson Group for an evaluation and treatment options if you are experiencing any combination of these hidden hernia symptoms. To schedule your consultation, please call (423) 975-5650 and schedule a consultation at our general surgery center in Johnson City, TN.