I'm about 80 lbs overweight. Most of it is in my stomach area (I have a large gut). I started working out about 2 weeks ago and my body is adjusting very well. I did a tough workout over the weekend and my abs are extremely sore (combination of leg lifts, situps, and constant core tension). I'm wondering if I may have caused a hernia by working out too hard. My question is, because my gut is so big and I have so much extra fat in my groin area, if I had a hernia would it still show through my fat? Also, if I have no pain outside of my soreness, and there is no visible protrusion, should I assume I am ok?
A hernia might be hard to easily detect if you are 80 pounds overweight. Chances are though that you are unlikely to cause a hernia by doing sit-ups or crunches. Hernias are more common when people bear down and do heavy lifting simultaneously.
If you have no significant pain and no obvious protrusions, I think it's pretty unlikely there's a problem. It's a good idea to focus on other physical activities for a few days and see how things improve.
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