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Byline: Craig Lennox

Q HOW do I know if I have a hernia?

A THE most common type of hernia is a groin or inguinal hernia. It appears as a lump or swelling in your groin area and may disappear when you lie down. It may be painless or cause discomfort when you exert yourself or cough. It becomes more likely as you get older and the abdominal muscles get weaker. See your GP as it may need treated. A strangulated hernia has become twisted and can cause pain and vomiting and needs emergency treatment.

Q I GET swollen ankles and hands but my GP said there is nothing wrong with me.

A YOU probably have idiopathic oedema. This is when fluid gathers but there is no medical cause like heart or kidney problems. It is usually more of a problem for women as they get older. You may find it is worse when you have been on your feet all day or after long journeys. Losing some weight will reduce the problem as will wearing support stockings.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 1, 2010
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