What causes pain and soreness around a lump at the hernia site?
You may need to go to the ER if the symptoms persist or new symptoms develop
Thanks for your query, an elucidate one.
Noted the history carefully and understood the concerns.
Since you have mentioned the hernia is of 3 mm the fat beneath can get entrapped and cause pain/soreness and bulge as 3 mm should not give obstruction to the colon or even a small intestine or else the hernia neck is large and can give rise to obstruction of the bowel if entrapped.
The pain radiates from the center to the left side giving the feeling of passing motion. The stomach flu, constipation can be due to colitis of some sort and hence cause the typical problem and the spasms/pain, thus cause tightening the sac to give soreness and enlargement as you have mentioned.
Hence it is wise to see a Doctor to get an actual clinical examination and may be added investigations of high-resolution ultrasonography; microanalysis of stool and blood to know the exact diagnosis to get a proper plan of management. Take rest till you see the Doctor.
Usually, there is nothing much to worry about 3 mm a hernia.
Since you have not mentioned about nausea, vomiting or bloating there may not be an emergency as such.
But if the pain and other symptoms are not tolerable or new symptoms as mentioned do develop then please go to the ER.
Further management depends upon the clinical findings and reports of investigations.
I hope this answers your query and helps in having a proper plan of management.
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