Home > Causes of Back Pain > Back Pain and Hernia

Back Pain and Hernia

By: Suzanne Elvidge BSc (hons), MSc - Updated: 21 Feb 2018 |
 
Hernia Spontaneous Congenital Traumatic

A hernia happens when part of the body is pushed through a hole (usually a weakened area of muscle) in another part of the body. Hernias can be spontaneous (they just happen), congenital (something that people are born with), or traumatic (the result of an accident).

There are a number of different types of hernia:

  • inguinal hernia
  • lumbar hernia
  • hiatal hernia
  • femoral hernia
  • umbilical hernia
  • incisional hernia
  • diaphragmatic hernia
The most common type of hernia, and the one that is most likely to cause back pain, is the inguinal hernia.

What Is An Inguinal Hernia?

This happens when part of the small intestine (the lower part of the bowel) bulges though a weak part of the muscles in the groin (the lower part of the abdomen). It is more common in men than in women. The bulge (the herniated part of the intestine) can usually be pushed back through into the body, unless it becomes strangulated.

Back Pain And Inguinal Hernia

The symptoms of an inguinal hernia include pain in the area of the hernia, but can also include pain that radiates round to the back or down the leg, because the inflammation of the hernia can press on the nerves. This is known as ‘referred’ pain. The pain of an inguinal hernia is usually worsened by lifting, straining, coughing, bending or exercise, and usually goes away with rest. Other symptoms of hernia include nausea and a ‘dragging’ feeling.

Treating Inguinal Hernia

Inguinal hernias can be treated temporarily with a truss, which uses pads to press the hernia back into the abdomen, and this can be used while patients wait for surgery, or if they can’t have an operation because of other conditions. However, surgery is the only way to repair an inguinal hernia permanently.

Traditional surgery for an inguinal hernia involves making a cut over the weakened part of muscle, putting a piece of mesh in place, and then sewing up the incision, which will hold the mesh in place. The mesh triggers tissue growth, which completes the repair. The operation often uses a local anaesthetic. As well as improving recovery time and allowing patients to go home the same day, using a local anaesthetic means that and surgeons can check whether the repair is secure by asking patients to cough or strain.

Surgeons can also repair inguinal hernias using keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery, also under a local anaesthetic. This also uses a piece of mesh, but because the cut is smaller, recovery is faster and there is less pain.

After the operation, once the cut is healed, strengthening abdominal muscles and maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the risk of hernias re-occurring – and these will both help avoid general back pain as well.

Lumbar Hernia

A lumbar hernia is a very rare form of hernia, where a weakening in the back muscles allows internal organs, such as the colon, to protrude through a gap. This can cause back pain. There have only been around 300 cases of lumbar hernia reported in medical journals in the past 300 years. Lumbar hernias can be difficult to diagnose, but are repaired in the same way as inguinal hernias.

Lumbar hernias are not the same as lumbar disc hernias, which are also known as slipped discs.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
[Add a Comment]
Hernia ,17/02/2018 struggling with this complaint,could not walk for a hour, pain from Hernia ,took 2 lots of pain tablets ,since then pain as not gone away ,following areas right side hernia plus pain in bottom part of tummy with back pain expected op 26/02/2018 sooner the better,rag surgery early Two mornings to see GP ,given tel number to make appointment with a company no appointment What a mess. Validation complete disaster
Melv - 21-Feb-18 @ 8:21 PM
Janet - Your Question:
I've had hernia surgery 4th of December 2017, they called it a Ventral hernia. Well I've been dealing wit horrible lower back pain that has me bent over in pain. The hernia was on my left abdomen area. Is this normal to have this much pain in my lower back and left side?

Our Response:
We can't answer individual medical questions unfortunately. It would be better to seek advice from your GP or consultant that instigated the surgery.
BackPainExpert - 11-Dec-17 @ 2:10 PM
I'vehad hernia surgery 4th of December 2017, they called it a Ventral hernia. Well I've been dealing wit horrible lower back pain that has me bent over in pain. The hernia was on my left abdomen area. Is this normal to have this much pain in my lower back and left side?
Janet - 10-Dec-17 @ 6:14 PM
Dear Dr. I am running 61 and sitting nearly 6 to 8 hrs in front of computer or reading with break at every one hour for few minutes. This is my routine from Mon to Friday whereas on sat & sun I am mostly on move/rest and sitting less. Since last few weeks I get pain on tail of spinal cord (between buttocks just above anus) that to when I get stand up from chair and after that no pain. I can palpate when I contract the muscles nearby that location. I would like to know the reason and whether treatment is required or not. Pl.note that I am having history of anul fissure but subsided (No medication, No pain, no bleeding nut some time temporary swelling if I happen to eat sweet/hot food or having constipation.)
RMP - 26-May-17 @ 6:50 AM
Good post! Have everything regarding hernia and its different types. Reading this post would benefit identifying the disease if existing and treating at the earliest. Thanks. Keep posting about similar diseases.
http://www.shouldice - 18-Sep-12 @ 8:05 AM
I am having this back pain for over 10years, I have had a Hernia surgery about 6years ago but the pains persists. the Hernia is showing up again.am having a lower back pain that is very painful. Please what do I do?
oge - 4-Apr-11 @ 2:35 PM
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice...
Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Topics
Latest Comments
  • UKez
    Re: A Spinal Tap Caused My Back Pain
    Hi . I also had a spinal Tap to check the stages of a bleeiding in my brain. This has caused me serious back pain almost…
    3 July 2018
  • BackPainExpert
    Re: Dehydrated Discs
    Alex - Your Question:I am a 27 yr old male who up until last year was working 84-108 hrs/week and always had back problems but all the doctors I…
    23 May 2018
  • Alex
    Re: Dehydrated Discs
    I am a 27 yr old male who up until last year was working 84-108 hrs/week and always had back problems but all the doctors i had seen told me its…
    16 May 2018
  • Salsybar
    Re: Stem Cell Repair and Back Problems
    Hi I have annulus bulges at c4 -c5- c6 I have disc dessication,bulges , minmally prominent of the spinal cord t6-t7 t7-t8…
    9 May 2018
  • malky
    Re: Back Pain: Information for Employers
    I've enjoyed reading all your stuff and hope the stem cell injections come on to the market soon as I've been off work 5…
    8 May 2018
  • Shirley
    Re: A Spinal Tap Caused My Back Pain
    I had 2spinal taps when I was 16, I was fine all though my 20s n 30s but now I’m 51 with horrendous back n leg pain but the…
    23 April 2018
  • Jeeva
    Re: Spinal Dislocation
    My friend have pain in lumbar region. It cause breathing effects during sleeping.in MRI scan it shows that there is a dislocation in lumbar region
    17 April 2018
  • Agsmith78
    Re: A Spinal Tap Caused My Back Pain
    I had a spinal tap 3 years ago and still suffering from back, hip and left leg pain along with occasional weakness. Nothing…
    5 April 2018
  • Rubi
    Re: Stem Cell Repair and Back Problems
    What are the 2 basic functions of the spine?
    24 March 2018
  • Rubi
    Re: Stem Cell Repair and Back Problems
    please need help to finish my homework
    24 March 2018