Most commonly, people with hernias notice a lump or tenderness and pressure or pain upon bending, coughing, or straining. For a person with no symptoms, the doctor may discover a lump in the groin or abdomen during a medical exam. Other symptoms of a hernia include the following:

  • A heavy feeling in the groin or abdomen
  • Pain and swelling in the scrotum (men)
  • Pain with a bowel movement or during urination
  • Pain when lifting or moving something heavy
  • Pain later in the day, especially if you have been standing a lot