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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?

Yes, I have a bulge or I have these pain triggers.

No, I have not noticed these symptoms.

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