Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
Understanding New and Severe Abdominal Pain
One common cause of pain in this area is a hernia. A hernia is a bulge of intestine that protrudes through a gap in the muscles and other tissues that line the abdominal wall. If you have a hernia, you may have noticed that your symptoms feel strongest when you cough, strain, or sneeze.
Have you noticed a bulge in your groin, or have you noticed a sharp increase in your pain when you cough, strain, or sneeze?