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I spoke with my Doctor on the phone, about a suspected inguinal

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I spoke with my Doctor on the phone, about a suspected inguinal hernia, but forgot to ask a question. No action is required. There is no pain or discomfort and very minimal swelling on standing.
When I cough or sneeze, I get a feeling in my groin, like an "impulse", or "air pocket".
Is this a common feeling to get with a hernia?
Thank you.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 2 years ago.
Hello
Yes this is common in the case if inguinal hernia.
However, you do need an exam to diagnose it.
OK, so that is an initial answer….
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thanks for the answer. It was reassuring. I was worried as I wasn't sure what it was when I coughed or sneezed, and was it common.
I have become somewhat obsessional about checking it. There is never anything there.
If it is common in my circumstances, can you reassure me that I don't have to keep checking myself, every time I cough or sneeze. It would just help me and settle me down.
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 2 years ago.
A severe hernia would be an obvious bulge, and it would be getting bigger.
A hernia that needs immediate exam would be increasing in size and painful.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Hi Doctor
Apologies for being so persistent.
When I ask for reassurance about checking myself, every time I cough or sneeze, what i mean is that I feel the need to lie down on the bed and press my groin with my hand, for reassurance that all is ok. It is always ok, but it is becoming a compulsion and I need to break it. Reassurance from a doctor that i don't need to do this would resolve it for me I'm sure.
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 2 years ago.
I see no reason for you to do this.
I would check it once daily.
Until you see your doctor, then cease.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I don't really want to go back to my doctor having spoken recently.
I know Im being obsessive, but really all I need to hear is that if there is no obvious change in size or in the absence of any other symptoms, such as pain , discomfort, or anything else, that every time I cough or sneeze, there is no need to lie down and check my groin by pressing my hand.
For you to say that this is not necessary and that i should cease it,( unless any other symptoms emerge)that would settle my mind considerably.
That's all I'm really asking
Sorry to be nuisance
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 2 years ago.
Unless you feel a change, i don't think you need to check it more than once a day.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Is it possible to just say to me that i don't need to keep checking it, if there are no new symptoms or change in size or anything else.
I'm not avoiding anything or in denial or anything else. It';s just that
the checking is becoming an obsession which is effecting my life. I know I'm a worrier. If I can stop checking it, with your say so, I know I'll feel much better. I will continue to keep a discrete eye on it and behave responsibly, and if anything changes I will see my Doctor.
I just need you to let me know that on that basis, I don't need to keep doing it if there is no change.
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 2 years ago.
I don't think you need to check it unless you fell a change.
However, I can not examine you, I don't have a picture, this is theoretical, unless your doctor has examined it and says you don't need to check it ever.
If not, go see your doctor.