Hernias are a common problem among people – but they do not always pose a threat. In fact many people do not even know they have this problem until it has grown so large that they cannot help but notice the bulge that it is creating. Why is it so hard to detect? This is mostly due to the fact that no symptoms are associated with it.
It is hard to find someone who thinks that this problem is anything more than annoying because in most cases it will not cause the person any pain. However, there are still ways in which the doctor might use to test for a hernia when someone is complaining from an uncomfortable feeling in certain areas and they feel a slight bulge.
The first test that the doctor will use is rather simple that we could try to do it on ourselves if we know what to look for. When they believe the patient might have an inguinal hernia they will make the patient stand up and cough. At the same time they will try to feel the area for a bulge. Some hernias are so obvious that no other tests are needed beyond this.
Hiatal hernias are the most common of any and they are also hard to detect. This is because they will cause people to feel heartburn and chest pain. Something that is associated with a number of other problems. The doctor might suggest an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy as a way to test for it.
During an endoscopy the doctor will place a flexible tube down the esophagus. There is a light attached to the end of this that will allow the doctor to see the hernia. Another way to test for this is to use a barium x-ray. This will use a liquid substance to outline the hernia.